The latest from the Schott Foundation and our allies.
 Since President Obama took office, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Right (OCR) has significantly outperformed its Bush era counterpart,writes Nandra Kareem Nittle, a reporter on race relations. The OCR today is working harder to enforce the 1964 Civil Right Act, particularly its Title 6 provision, which prevents discrimination in programs, like public schools, that receive federal financial assistance. Whereas the OCR under Bush launched only 22 compliance reviews in its entire 8 year run, Obama's OCR has launched 30 in just 33 months.
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.


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