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2/26 WEBINAR: Students of Color and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in Our Schools

Posted on: Thursday February 19th, 2015

The Schott Foundation for Public Education and the African American Policy Forum recently released two important new reports highlighting how our nation's public schools can and must do better for young men and women of color. On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 PM Eastern, join Schott and AAPF for a webinar exploring the findings of the two reports and what they mean for the fight for racial and gender justice in our schools.

WEBINAR: Students of Color and the
Fight for Equal Opportunity in Our Schools

Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 PM Eastern

"A Perfect Storm" Part 2: The Illusion of Choice

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2015-02-19

In Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools," filmmaker Phoebe Ferguson chronicles how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Katrina and handed over to private, charter school operators. Now, in the nation's first all-charter school district, New Orleans parents and students must contend with the failures of this massive experiment in "school choice." Too many schools continue to struggle, deprived of the resources they need to give all kids the educational opportunities they deserve.

In Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools," filmmaker Phoebe Ferguson chronicles how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Katrina and handed over to private, charter school operators.

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New Video: The Illusion of School Choice in New Orleans

Posted on: Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Part 2 of the ongoing series "A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools," chronicles how the city's struggling public schools were seized by the state following Hurricane Katrina and handed over to private, charter school operators. Now, in the nation's first all-charter school district, New Orleans parents and students must contend with the failures of this massive experiment in "school choice."

New Video: The Illusion of School Choice
and the Failures of Education Reform in New Orleans

It's been almost a decade since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, but for parents, students and teachers in New Orleans, the fallout of that devastating storm continues today.

Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Posted on: Wednesday February 11th, 2015

The Schott Foundation for Public Education has released "Black Lives Matter," the 2015 installment of its biennial 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. The report's latest estimates for national public high school graduation rates are 59 percent for Black male students, 65 percent for Latino males, and 80 percent for White, non-Latino males.

Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Posted on: Thursday February 5th, 2015

An important new report from the African American Policy Forum combines national data on school discipline with interviews with young women of color to paint a picture of their experiences in school and in their communities and to offer suggestions for how we can better support them.

In recent years there's been growing national attention and discussion around how our system of education fails to meet the needs of many young men of color, culminating in the launch of the White House's My Brother's Keeper initiative last spring. Too often, however, this national conversation has sidelined young women of color and the unique challenges they face in the classroom.

Schools Aren't the Place for Surplus Military Weapons

Posted on: Wednesday February 4th, 2015

The Dignity in Schools Campaign has launched a petition to end part of the U.S. Department of Defense's 1033 program, which lends surplus military equipment like grenade launchers and high-powered rifles to local law enforcement agencies, including police officers in K-12 schools.

When people talk about taking money out of the sizable US military budget to invest in domestic issues like education, chances are the Department of Defense's 1033 Program isn't what they had in mind.

Congress Has Forgotten Its Role in Promoting Equity in Education

Posted on: Monday February 2nd, 2015

It's been nearly 50 years since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but Congress, stuck in a debate about the role of high-stakes testing in school reform, seems to have forgotten the law's original commitment to ensuring fairness in education funding.


Joe Bishop, Director of Policy
for the OTL Campaign

Boston Can Do More to Recruit and Retain Educators of Color

Posted on: Tuesday January 27th, 2015

By Roxanne Longoria, Boston NAACP and Boston Youth Service Network

The Boston Public Schools District has over 83% students of color, yet only 37% of its teachers are teachers of color. Building on the committment of district officials to cultivate teacher diversity, BPS must do more to achieve the goal of having a teaching force that reflects the students and citizens of Boston. 

This post is the fourth in a series that features testimony from a hearing hosted by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on ways to recruit and retain more teachers of color in Boston Public Schools. Read the first post, written by Councilor Jackson, here. Read the second post, written by Dr.

Room for Improvement in MA with Pre-k, Wraparound Services and College Prep

Posted on: Friday January 23rd, 2015

As part of its annual Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy has outlined three ways Massachusetts can build on its already strong education system to better prepare students for school, support them while they're there, and help them make the transition to college or a career.

Massachusetts' schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The state's success is due in large part to its 1993 Education Reform Act, which introduced a set of high achievement standards and a fair school funding system to provide schools with the resources to help students meet those standards.

Majority of U.S. Public School Students Are From Low-Income Families

Posted on: Thursday January 22nd, 2015

A new report from the Southern Education Foundation looks at the increasing number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (a proxy for student poverty rates) and what that means for our nation's schools.

This is not the kind of milestone we'd like to be noting: For the first time in at least half a century, the majority of U.S. public school students are from low-income families. 

This finding comes from a new report from the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) that looks at the increasing number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (a proxy for student poverty rates) and what that means for our nation's schools. 

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