Strained Schools Face Bleak Future: Districts Foresee Budget Cuts, Teacher Layoffs, and a Slowing of Education Reform Efforts
A recent report by the Center on Education Policy finds that more school districts are predicting budget cuts compared to this time last year and say that the cuts will come at the expense of teachers and other core services. The report is based on a nationally representative survey.
With high school dropout rates on the rise — disproportionately so among poor and minority students — this report calls on federal policymakers to draw on lessons learned from the New York City Department of Education's Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) initiative. Using MPG as a case study, the report highlights the initiative's success in helping off-track students succeed and reach the same high standards by catering to their varying educational needs.
To transform struggling schools into successful environments for teaching and learning, more emphasis needs to be placed on seeking partnerships among groups at the federal and local level. This brief examines the federal policy for intervening in low-achieving schools and suggests a different approach for "turning around" struggling schools.
How Hispanic Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress
A new analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics of scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reviews the achievement gaps between Hispanic and White public school students at the state and national levels. While reading and mathematics scores for both Hispanics and Whites increased between 1990 and 2009, the achievement gaps remained stable at 21 points for fourth-grade mathematics and 26 points for fourth-grade reading. A previous report analyzes the NAEP achievement gap between Black and White students.
Summer learning programs can help children improve their academics, especially students from low-income families who may not have access to educational resources in the summer, and low-achieving students who need additional time to master academic materials. This report, conducted by RAND Education and sponsored by The Wallace Foundation, finds evidence of the effectiveness of summer learning programs and offers specific recommendations on how school districts can overcome barriers to establishing them so that all children have access to enrichment opportunities.
Each year, more than 1 million students drop of high school while still thousands more – the majority of whom are students of color and low-income students – graduate without the high-quality education they need to succeed in college, the workplace and in life. In a compelling new report, “The Plan for Success,” the Campaign for High School Equity has outlined the crisis and defined solutions that will require changes in policy and practice to help transform our high schools to ensure every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, ZIP code or socioeconomic status, has an opportunity to learn in a high-quality public school.
Students, parents, community members and organizational allies have made a significant stride in the effort to end the school-to-jail pipeline with the passage of legislation that calls on leaders to formulate alternatives to zero tolerance policies. This is the latest and one of the most significant developments in a growing movement to challenge the wisdom of zero-tolerance policies in schools and other policies and practices that put one-size-fits all solutions in front of common sense and the well-being of our young people. Read more>
Students, parents, community members and organizational allies have made a significant stride in the effort to end the school-to-jail pipeline with the passage of legislation that calls on leaders to formulate alternatives to zero tolerance policies. This is the latest and one of the most significant developments in a growing movement to challenge the wisdom of zero-tolerance policies in schools and other policies and practices that put one-size-fits all solutions in front of common sense and the well-being of our young people.
The Great Recession left nearly all states with severe budget deficits as state tax revenues plummeted. Simultaneously, there has been a dramatic increase in demand for public services as families also struggle to stay afloat. These budget realities have forced at least 21 states to propose deep cuts in pre-kindergarten and K-12 spending. United for a Fair Economy recently published a report that takes a state’s current distribution of state and local taxes by income quintile and flips the quintiles to make a regressive tax structure progressive. This model results in significant revenue for states that could be used to fully fund education, job growth and other economic stimulants.
As federal lawmakers consider reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, this brief makes the argument for a robust early education component in the effort to provide high-quality programs in the fight for equal educational opportunities for all children.
The 2010 State of Preschool Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten programs during the 2009-2010 school year.
The report includes information on national trends in public preschool programs, state profiles with detailed program information, and comprehensive appendices of survey and program data. The report emphasizes the need for effective, high-quality early education programs which provide critical support to a child’s development. The data also shows that the recession had a significant impact on state funding for preschool programs in the 2009-2010 school year.