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How Our Schools Are Holding Black Girls Back

Posted on: Monday March 2nd, 2015

As attention increases for the problems facing young men of color in our nation's schools, the problems unique to young women of color still lack similar awareness. Cassie Schwerner, Vice President of Programs at the Schott Foundation, details these important issues in an op-ed for Time Magazine.


Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation
for Public Education

How Arkansas' Commitment to Fair School Funding Has Helped Students

Posted on: Wednesday February 25th, 2015

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 – but there's still room for improvement.

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 Report, "Gubernatorial Delinquency," Documents Underfunding in NYC Schools

Posted on: Monday February 23rd, 2015

A report from the Alliance for Quality Education says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student, which adds up to $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from the city's students, teachers and their schools.

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. 

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
Fund Our Schools

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