The latest from the Schott Foundation and our allies.
A new report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices. While the report is particular to NYC schools, its analysis of the school pushout crisis and what needs to change can be readily applied to any district in the country, which makes it a terrific resources for advocates and organizers.
The Student Voice Photo Booth is a picture-based project where students make signs explaining why their voice is important in the education debate, snap a picture of themselves with the signs, and then upload and share the pictures online. Add yours!
Education officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny. Here's what the evidence from past and current school closures says.
The Advancement Project is hosting a national convening in Washington, D.C., this weekend on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Follow them on Twitter @adv_project and #WeCanDoBtr. And check out this awesome video and infographic they released for the event!
“No excuse" has been a mantra of education "reformers" who dismiss the effects of poverty and inequity on student achievement and instead fault teachers and school leaders. Last week, the term was forever rebranded by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who used it to critique policymakers in Philadelphia for pushing the school district into bankruptcy and failing to invest adequately and equitably in the city's schools.
Steve Zimmer, Board Member of the Los Angeles Unified School District and a former teacher, asks why we tolerate or dismiss crowded public school classrooms when charters and private schools use small class sizes as a selling point?
The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at key indicators of child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The report provides a crucial analysis of the factors affecting children outside the classroom, and what our country should do to close the opportunity gap and help all children succeed.
No state—especially one that is considered to be a national leader—should accept the status quo where race, ethnicity or gender can predict a student's chances for success. Massachusetts needs to focus on early education, eliminating education inequities, and investing in public universities.
A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.
June marked the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Education Reform Act in Massachusetts. Because the Bay State is often regarded as a leader in national education policy, it's worth considering: How has Massachusetts fared in helping students succeed, and where is there room for improvement?


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