The latest from the Schott Foundation and our allies.
It's been nearly 50 years since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but Congress, stuck in a debate about the role of high-stakes testing in school reform, seems to have forgotten the law's original commitment to ensuring fairness in education funding.
The Boston Public Schools District has over 83% students of color, yet only 37% of its teachers are teachers of color. Building on the committment of district officials to cultivate teacher diversity, BPS must do more to achieve the goal of having a teaching force that reflects the students and citizens of Boston. 
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 


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