WEBINAR: Students of Color and the
Fight for Equal Opportunity in Our Schools
Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 PM Eastern
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Bishop, Director of Policy
for the OTL Campaign
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.
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.
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.