A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 (HB1733) had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. HB1733 would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts. Yet while this win for public education is certainly cause for happiness, the bill's defeat does not mean th
Picture via Citizen Action of NY
Opportunity to Learn Campaign and seven other organizations have penned an open letter about the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to Representative John Kline, chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The letter urges Rep. Kline and Sen. Alexander to refocus ESEA on its original, civil-rights purpose of addressing inequities in education funding.
Journey for Justice National Director Jitu Brown
speaking at the National Press Club
No one was entirely happy with the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC)'s vote last week to approve five new charter schools for the district (out of a total of 39 applicants), but for many of the protestors crowding the meeting room, the vote was at least a small victory to limit the financial burden charters have on Philadelphia's already financially struggling public schools.
Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation
for Public Education
Following the landmark Lake View court case in Arkansas over a decade ago, the state has made huge strides in equalizing school funding and trying to give all students access to a great public education.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student. Given that NYC is the country's largest school district, that debt adds up to the tune of $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from students, teachers and their schools.