Public education could be the deciding issue in the elections this November. Recent polls show that voters don’t just value public education, they want candidates who will support classroom teachers and oppose funding cuts to public schools.
After months of turmoil and uncertainty, Philadelphia's resource-starved schools finally caught a break: a new, stable source of funding. The Pennsylvania state senate authorized a city-level $2-per-pack cigarette tax that will raise $170 million for the city's schools each year.
An important new report from the National Women's Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund details the harmful impact of racial and gender barriers that young women of color face in school and how our nation can (and must) do better by our girls.
New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. A powerful photo campaign from the Alliance for Quality Education shows exactly what's missing from schools as a result.
Because Pennsylvania still lacks a fair school funding formula (and because state policymakers won't prioritize funding for Philadelphia's schools), parents, students and teachers kicked off the school year in the most appropriate way possible: with a week of protests and a voter registration drive!
At the same time that our nation's public schools are becoming more diverse, they are also growing more segregated. An interactive mapping project from the Urban Institute gives a powerful visual of the extent to which our public schools don't reflect the changing demographics of the country.
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools was recently featured in Responsive Philanthropy as an example of what's possible when parents, students and educators take a stand together to demand the resources and opportunities our children need to learn and thrive.
When it comes to creating traffic jams, NJ Gov. Chris Christie might want to take a lesson from the students of Newark. On Wednesday, over 150 young organizers with the Newark Students Union shut down a major street in downtown Newark outside the school district headquarters for 10 hours to demand local control of their schools.
In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.