During Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, President Obama touched on education issues at several points in his speech. The Schott Foundation for Public Education today released its response to the President's education message:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the attention of public school advocates across the Empire State when he campaigned as “the Great Equalizer” for schools that would not be afraid to steer money from wealthy districts to poor under-resourced districts.
It seemed reasonable to believe that as a self-proclaimed progressive candidate he would continue to keep New York schools on the path to equity started in 2007 after the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity school funding lawsuit.
Many policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Based on research from Dr.
For parents to be involved in their child's education, it helps if they have access to things like enrollment information, report cards, parent-teacher conferences, major school events, disciplinary action, and student services. But non-English speaking parents don't always get that access because schools don't always provide translation services or translated materials, thereby limiting how much those parents can help and support their children.
This is probably only news to people who support the expansion of charter schools and voucher programs, but parents overwhelmingly prefer to have strong, neighborhood public schools over any of those "school choice" options.
Small class size isn't about protecting teachers' jobs or making their work easier -- it's about providing every student with quality attention in the classroom. Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point? Warning: Passionate paper throwing ahead.