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Should children have to compete for their education?

Posted on: Wednesday August 17th, 2011

Programs such as Race to the Top that require states to compete for resources in the form of grants have not systemically solved the nation’s major education problems over the past two and a half years, nor will they in the future.

The role of the federal government is not one of a foundation, but as an agent of the people working to ensure opportunities for all. How can the United States win if most states lose, let alone stay on a trajectory to meet the President Obama’s 2020 goal for the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020?

Programs such as Race to the Top that require states to compete for resources in the form of grants have not systemically solved the nation’s major education problems over the past two and a half years, nor will they in the future.

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City’s Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-07-01
Organization: 
RAND Corporation
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Vouchers

This report analyzes the effectiveness of the Schoolwide Performance Bonuses Program, which is an effort to improve student performance through school-based financial incentives. The three-year study, which found that the program did little to improve student achievement, examined student test scores; teacher, school staff, and administrator surveys; and interviews with administrators, staff members, program sponsors, and union and district officials.

State Policies to Reengage Dropouts

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-07-12
Organization: 
National Governors Association
Type: 
Policy

More than 1 million youth ages 16 to 19 are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma. Although states are beginning to use research to create successful dropout prevention policies and programs, more work needs to be done. This report summarizes recent policy developments in dropout prevention and recovery and recommends effective strategies for states to facilitate the reengagement of out-of-school youth.

Keeping Informed about School Vouchers: A Review of Major Developments and Research

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-07-27
Author: 
Alexandra Usher, Nancy Kober
Organization: 
Center on Education Policy
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Vouchers

The Center for Education Policy examines a decade’s worth of research on school vouchers, including the effects on graduation rates, parental satisfaction, public school achievement and the cost to taxpayers. Among the report’s key findings is that vouchers have no clear positive effect on student academic achievement. The report stresses the need for closer scrutiny of voucher research to ensure greater objectivity because CEP’s reviewers found that a majority of previous research has been conducted or sponsored by voucher proponents.

Civil Rights Framework for Providing All Students an Opportunity to Learn through Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2010-07-26
Organization: 
OTL Campaign
Type: 
Policy

Today there is nothing short of a state of emergency in the delivery of education to our nation’s communities of color. As our communities quickly grow on pace to become a numerical majority, it is clear that confronting the issues we face is not just our challenge alone but all of America’s challenge. As a nation, we are failing to provide the highquality educational opportunities that are critical for all students to succeed, thereby jeopardizing our nation’s ability to continue to be a world leader.

As a community of civil rights organizations, we believe that access to a high-quality education is a fundamental civil right. The federal government’s role is to protect and promote that civil right by creating and supporting a fair and substantive opportunity to learn for all students, regardless of where and to whom they were born.

Education and Economy: Boosting the nation’s economy by improving high school graduation rates among students of color native students

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2011-07-21
Organization: 
Alliance for Excellent Education
Type: 
Policy
Category: 
Economic Consequences

There is an economic -- as well as ideological -- importance to providing all students with an equal opportunity for rigorous education. In this report, the Alliance for Excellent Education makes the economic case, analyzing state-level economic data to determine the monetary benefits that states could see by improving the graduation rates of students of color and Native students.

The Undereducated American

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2011-07-21
Author: 
Anthony P. Carnevale, Stephen J. Rose
Organization: 
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Type: 
Report
Category: 
College Preparatory Curriculum

This report, by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, finds that the U.S. has been underproducing college-going workers since 1980. As a result, the country is losing its edge as an economic world leader. We must add 20 million postsecondary-educated workers to the workforce to make this income inequality decline. We can do it if we make a concerted effort to improve levels of educational attainment.

Pre-K as a School Turnaround Strategy

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-06-01
Organization: 
The PEW Center on the States
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Early Care and Education

The Pew Center's Pre-K Now project released a new paper making the case for "Pre-K as a School Turnaround Strategy." The paper urges members of Congress to look at state and local turnaround initiatives that use limited funds for proven early education programs as a way to improve student achievement. According to the report, "The evidence is clear and compelling: pre-K multiplies the impact of other reforms. Early investment is the best investment."

Strained Schools Face Bleak Future: Districts Foresee Budget Cuts, Teacher Layoffs, and a Slowing of Education Reform Efforts

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-06-29
Author: 
Nancy Kober, Diane Stark Rentner
Organization: 
Center on Education Policy
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

A recent report by the Center on Education Policy finds that more school districts are predicting budget cuts compared to this time last year and say that the cuts will come at the expense of teachers and other core services. The report is based on a nationally representative survey. 

Helping Students Get Back on Track

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-06-01
Organization: 
National Education Association
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

With high school dropout rates on the rise — disproportionately so among poor and minority students — this report calls on federal policymakers to draw on lessons learned from the New York City Department of Education's Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) initiative. Using MPG as a case study, the report highlights the initiative's success in helping off-track students succeed and reach the same high standards by catering to their varying educational needs.

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