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Alliance for Quality Education report: Unequal Opportunity = Unequal Results
This report from the Alliance for Quality Education finds that large cuts to the New York public education budget would increase educational inequity and would hurt students living in poverty and students of color the most.
Education Interrupted: The Growing Use of Suspensions in New York City’s Public Schools
Analysis finds dramatic spike in NYC suspensions. Students of color and students with special needs are the most affected.
The Strengths and Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy: What the Research Says
The Same Starting Line: How School Boards Can Erase the Opportunity Gap Between Poor and Middle-Class Children.
Campaign for High School Equity: A Plan for Success
Each year, more than 1 million students drop of high school while still thousands more – the majority of whom are students of color and low-income students – graduate without the high-quality education they need to succeed in college, the workplace and in life. In a compelling new report, “The Plan for Success,” the Campaign for High School Equity has outlined the crisis and defined solutions that will require changes in policy and practice to help transform our high schools to ensure every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, ZIP code or socioeconomic status, has an opportunity to learn in a high-quality public school.
A Failed Experiment: Georgia's Tax Credit Scholarships for Private Schools
Created three years ago to help low-income children in poorly performing schools transfer to private schools, Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program has largely benefited well-to-do children and diverted more than $72 million in precious state tax revenue at a time when the state’s public education systems have experienced deep budget cuts. According to Southern Education Foundation’s report, each of the private school scholarships has cost the state more than twice what it would cost to send a child to public school.
OpportuniT: Youth riders, the affordability crisis, and the Youth Pass solution
Faced with rising costs of public transportation fares that threatened their ability to get to school, students in Boston took action to fight for their opportunity to learn. Their report, OpportuniT, shares three years of original youth-led research on youth riders and how to make transportation more affordable for youth ages 12 to 21.
Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning
Summer learning programs can help children improve their academics, especially students from low-income families who may not have access to educational resources in the summer, and low-achieving students who need additional time to master academic materials. This report, conducted by RAND Education and sponsored by The Wallace Foundation, finds evidence of the effectiveness of summer learning programs and offers specific recommendations on how school districts can overcome barriers to establishing them so that all children have access to enrichment opportunities.
How Hispanic Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress
A new analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics of scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reviews the achievement gaps between Hispanic and White public school students at the state and national levels. While reading and mathematics scores for both Hispanics and Whites increased between 1990 and 2009, the achievement gaps remained stable at 21 points for fourth-grade mathematics and 26 points for fourth-grade reading. A previous report analyzes the NAEP achievement gap between Black and White students.
Helping Students Get Back on Track
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.