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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. 

The State of Our Schools

Posted on: Wednesday January 21st, 2015

In the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech, Zakiyah Ansari takes NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to task for failing to fix persistent inequities in public school funding. Her call for fairness and opportunity in education could apply just as well to states across the country.

President Obama may have just given his annual State of the Union Address to Congress, but the speech we've been waiting to hear is the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech. 

MS Voter Initiative for Fair School Funding Stymied By Legislature

Posted on: Thursday January 15th, 2015

In the past seven years, public schools in Mississippi have been shortchanged by more than $1.5 billion in funding. Now, state legislators are trying to cripple a voter initiative aimed at fixing that disparity. 

In the past seven years, public schools in Mississippi have been shortchanged by more than $1.5 billion in funding. Now, state legislators are trying to cripple a voter initiative aimed at fixing that disparity. 

New Report and "Moral Monday" Protest for Fair School Funding in NY

Posted on: Wednesday January 14th, 2015

Hundreds of education organizers protested at the NY State Capitol this week with Rev. William Barber, the minister leading the North Carolina Moral Monday movement, who gave a fiery speech demanding full, fair funding for the New York public schools. 


Photo via Citizen Action of NY

"Preparing to Launch": Education Week's National Report on Early Education

Posted on: Friday January 9th, 2015

As part of its annual Quality Counts report, Education Week has released a special section grading states on their effort to expand pre-k and support our nation's youngest students and their teachers. It's a great resource for anyone interested in pushing for more and better access to early learning opportunities in their state. 

From the White House to statehouses nationwide, momentum is building to make early education accessible to more young children and give them a strong start in school.

The Power of Student Oganizing

Posted on: Friday January 9th, 2015

Start the new year off right by reading this piece from The Progressive highlighting the inspiring work of young organizers across the country and the many ways students are standing up and making their voices heard. In a debate about education and the welfare of our nation’s youngest members, sometimes it’s the students themselves who make the best teachers and who can show us what it really means to speak up and demand change. 


Photo via The Progressive

Let this be your general reminder that student organizers are pretty awesome. 

Philly Coalition Releases Powerful Platform for City Elections

Posted on: Friday January 9th, 2015

Ahead of local elections, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools released a powerful platform that unites the funding issues facing the city’s struggling schools with the need for broader investments to support whole communities. 

In just a few weeks, Pennsylvania will get a new governor, Tom Wolf, who far stronger ally of public schools than his predecessor, Tom Corbett. This change in leadership is thanks in large part to the many education organizers across the state, but especially in Philadelphia, who spent the run-up to the gubernatorial elections highlighting the dire impact of Corbett's state budget cuts to schools. 

An Education New Year’s Resolution We Can All Believe In

Posted on: Thursday January 8th, 2015

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Instead of relegating the New Year to more of the same, let’s resolve to make 2015 the year we work on the most important education issue of all. Despite the grim predictions coming from the Beltway, maybe 2015 can be the year that education equity gets the emphasis it deserves.

So far, most predictions for education policy in 2015 are pretty dreary.

NPR’s Claudio Sanchez sees a series of bad to worse situations: “standardized testing under fire … more troubles for the Common Core … Vergara fallout … Ferguson effect.” Ugh.

NYC Parents Release Policy Guidance for Expanding Community Schools

Posted on: Tuesday January 6th, 2015

With NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio putting millions of dollars into his new community schools initiative, parents with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice are weighing in with policy guidance for expanding the program.


CEJ parent leader Felicia Alexander speaks at a 
rally in support of community schools. Picture via CEJ.
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