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Thursday August 21st, 2014

The recent murder of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked anger and protests across the country. It has led to important conversations about the criminalization of youth of color, the militarization of the police and what we can do to end such injustices.

Thursday August 21st, 2014

State lawmakers in Pennsylvania failed to pass a cigarette tax that would have provided much needed funds for Philly's schools. Instead, the school year will begin with $32 million in budget cuts, leaving schools without janitors and 7,500 students without transportation to school.

Thursday August 21st, 2014

The annual PDK/Gallup poll was released this week, giving advocates and organizers an important glimpse of public opinion on major education issues. Americans' top concerns are lack of resources, too much standardized testing and overall discontent with the direction of federal education policy.

Tuesday August 19th, 2014

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy have launched a new project to put a firm price tag on what it would take to finally close the opportunity gap gap and ensure all students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network
Friday August 8th, 2014

"Juking the stats" is a practice now so ingrained in the way education solutions are posed to the public that examples are rampant. An especially egregious example is the way school administration in New Orleans – where the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina was used as an opportunity to summarily fire school teachers and turn over the majority of schools to privately managed, outside charter school operators – is now being marketed as a “solution” for public education everywhere.

Thursday August 7th, 2014

New York State is $5.9 billion behind on providing constitutionally required funding for its public schools. A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education lays out the stunning gap between what New York schools need and what they're actually getting.

Thursday August 7th, 2014

In a recent commentary for Education Week, Kavitha Mediratta of Atlantic Philanthropies writes about the problems in our nation's discipline system – and the cities and communities that are changing things for the better.

Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Personalized learning might be hard to imagine in today's world of high-stakes testing and punitive accountability systems, but a new report shows how we could use "Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs)" to move our public education system in a new direction.

Friday July 25th, 2014

The small city of Lynn, MA, has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate. On July 22, dozens of local parents, students and community members rallied on the steps of Lynn City Hall to protest city officials trying to scapegoat young immigrant students for the ails of a long-underfunded school system.

Friday July 25th, 2014

In the 25 years since the start of the Annie E. Cassie Foundation's KIDS COUNT project, America has made only "fragile progress" in improving the well-being of and opportunities available to young children and students.