The latest from the Schott Foundation and our allies.
In their statewide effort, “School Cuts Hurt: Week of Action,” the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of New York are calling on communities across the state to send Gov. Andrew Cuomo the unmistakable message that slashing education funding is already having a detrimental effect on children. “Schools opened their doors with fewer teachers & staff as well as reduced (or eliminated) sports, tutoring, advanced placement courses and other important programs,” according to organizers.
The U.S. economy has a flat tire. Our economy is flagging and our infrastructure is crumbling. One way to get the nation back on the road to prosperity is to articulate a new national vision for education and investment in our public schools. That’s exactly what nations who haven’t lost their AAA credit rating are doing. And it’s also what the United States is not doing. Instead, our elected officials continue to kick the proverbial can down the road while these countries – such as Canada, Finland and Singapore – swiftly pass us by.
A Colorado panel of lawmakers and police have rightly called for the end – or at least the scaling back – of strict disciplinary policies, also known as zero-tolerance. In a post-Columbine world, school systems quickly implemented harsh discipline policies that punished all offenders equally regardless of whether the offense involved a weapon or just a kid talking back to a teacher. Such measures have proven counterproductive, and have studies have shown that children of color and low-income students have been disproportionately affected by these policies.
Transitions are seldom easy, but they provide are an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and set new directions. That’s why Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters Pennsylvania, is urging her city to take its time before hiring a new superintendent of schools to create a new vision and direction for the city’s public school system. Coming together now around a clear mandate and plan for expanding educational opportunity now will help the district find the right person for this critical position. Here’s what Susan writes:
It's no secret that high rates of out-of-school suspensions have a significant negative impact on students' educational experiences and their opportunity to learn. When students are suspended -- often for non-violent offenses such as wearing inappropriate attire or talking back to a teacher -- they are not in class learning, and the chances skyrocket that they will not graduate on time or will drop out altogether. Take for instance the Buffalo, N.Y...


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