The Boston Student Advisory Council released a first-of-its-kind website and phone app this week that is a great tool for empowering the city's students and ensuring the district respects their rights, particularly as they relate to school discipline.

Brittini Gray, a community organizer with Metropolitan Congregations United, published a powerful op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decrying the continued lack of resources for schools in the St. Louis area. She lays out how lack of funding and poor policy decisions have continually damaged the Normandy School District, creating a climate in which students have minimal opportunities to succeed.

Currently over half of students in the U.S. received free or reduced-price lunch, a statistic that is widely used as a proxy for measuring child poverty rates. Now, however, a new strategy to fight hunger in schools might make it more difficult to collect data on the number of low-income students across the country.

A new report from The Center For Popular Democracy highlights numerous issues with the current accountability systems in place for charter schools in Louisiana that leave them vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

The National Institute for Early Education Research released their yearly report on state-funded preschool programs across the U.S, a report that chronicles both how many 4 and 3 year olds are receiving early education and whether or not these programs are adequately serving them. This year, the NIEER discovered these programs had finally begun to recover from cuts made during the recession. However, they still have a lot more to do if we want to provide all children in the U.S. with a high-quality pre-K education.

One of the amazing things about grassroots organizations is how they develop—from genuine community upswell and shared interest in important ideas and values to, hopefully, a political force of empowered citizens. Bill Kopsky, the head of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, talks in a short video about the history of his organization and its own development.

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