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Getting from ESSA to Equity

Last week President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing No Child Left Behind as the latest version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. With any bill of this size and scope it defies easy description, and as one would expect given the political climate in Washington, DC, ESSA is a decidedly mixed law with the potential for both positive and negative effects.

Last week President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing No Child Left Behind as the latest version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. With any bill of this size and scope it defies easy description, and as one would expect given the political climate in Washington, DC, ESSA is a decidedly mixed law with the potential for both positive and negative effects.

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Public Education and Black Male Students: The 2004 State Report Card

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2004-10-01
Type: 
reports
This is the 2004 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
This is the 2004 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
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Public Education and Black Male Students: The 2006 State Report Card

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2006-06-01
Type: 
reports
This is the 2006 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
This is the 2006 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
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A Positive Future for Black Boys: Building the Movement

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2006-12-01
Type: 
reports
This is a supplemental report to the 2006 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
This is a supplemental report to the 2006 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
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Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Publication Date: 
Sun, 2010-08-01
Type: 
reports
This is the 2010 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
This is the 2010 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.

The Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Publication Date: 
Sat, 2012-09-01
Type: 
reports
This is the 2012 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
This is the 2012 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
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Given Half a Chance: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2008-07-25
Type: 
reports
This is the 2008 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
This is the 2008 edition of Schott's series of reports on the achievement of Black male students in public education. View the latest report at www.blackboysreport.org.
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Foundations Respond to the Insufficient Funding of Mississippi's Schools

On November 3, 2015, a tight race to achieve full funding of public schools across Mississippi was lost. Initiative 42, the ballot initiative for “better schools,” was a citizen-led campaign with bipartisan, grassroots support for fully funded public schools.

42 for Better SchoolsOn November 3, 2015, a tight race to achieve full funding of public schools across Mississippi was lost. Initiative 42, the ballot initiative for “better schools,” was a citizen-led campaign with bipartisan, grassroots support for fully funded public schools. Nearly 200,000 Mississippians from across the state signed a petition to place Initiative 42 on the ballot.

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Proposition 42 Fails, but Fight for Mississippi Schools Continues

Mississippi's public schools have been underfunded and under-performing for years. Their students, especially in the state's poorer districts, face inequitable learning environments and lack the real opportunity to learn that could help encourage their future successes. Despite these very real problems, however, Tuesday's election failed in passing Proposition 42, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required adequate and efficient funding of the state's public schools. Yet while the parents, students, educators, and advocates who led the campaign for the amendment are disappointed, they aren't giving up on Mississippi and the educational future of its children.

Mississippi's public schools have been underfunded and under-performing for years. Their students, especially in the state's poorer districts, face inequitable learning environments and lack the real opportunity to learn that could help encourage their future successes. Despite these very real problems, however, Tuesday's election failed in passing Initiative 42, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required adequate and efficient funding of the state's public schools.

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Massachusetts Commission Proposes an Ambitious School Funding Plan

The Foundation Budget Review Commission, a bipartisan group of legislators and educators, released their findings on the state of education funding in Massachusetts and their recommendation for an ambitious new funding plan that would allow schools to more fully support programs to increase educational equity. While the plan would cost about half a billion dollars per year, it would also be the first step in addressing the substantial opportunity gap that exists in Massachusetts.

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