New York's Opportunity Gap
The Urgency of Now, a new report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education, finds that just 37 percent of Black male students and 37 percent of Latino male students graduated from New York schools in four years, compared to 78 percent of White male students. The report cites the dire "pushout' and "lockout" crises hurting students of color and denying them access to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. For more info, including state and district data, visit blackboysreport.org.
View the report's New York press release, with a quote from AQE parent organizer Zakiyah Ansari, here.
In the three years since high school student Jawaan Daniels was fatally shot at a bus stop after being suspended from school for wandering the halls, advocates and organizers in Buffalo, NY, have built a movement to reform the district's discipline policies. Their hard work paid off in April when the school board approved a new student code of conduct that limits the use of out-of-school suspensions.Read more >
Our schools operate today with a system that was cutting edge when the Model T first rolled off the assembly line. While countries like Finland and South Korea blow by us on the education race track, our policymakers have refused to invest in the resources our schools need to provide students with 21st century skills.Read more >
New York City is caught in a college prep crisis: Budget cuts and pressure to perform well on high-stakes tests is limiting the ability K-12 public schools to prepare students for college. This puts a financial strain on new college students who must spend precious tuition dollars on remedial classes re-learning what they should have been taught for free in high school.Read more >
A report from New York City's Independent Budget Office reveals that fully 94% of schools aren't getting the resources they should be as mandated by the Department of Education's own fair student funding formula.Read more >
"What pleased us most about the public discussion of education this year was the growing awareness of how state funding decisions affect schools over a multi-year period. AQE has been sounding the alarm on the devastating consequences of classroom cuts over the last four years. We are pleased that state officials, this year, finally started to listen."Read more >
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