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Youth Addresses Unequal Opportunities in Her School

17-year-old Andrea Lopez knows about the academic disadvantages poor students and students of color face because she has experienced them first hand. In a poignant essay, she describes her experience as a confident, studious high school student sitting down in an SAT prep class only to realize how underprepared she felt with the material compared to the wealthier, White students in the class. Her story is a vivid reminder of the necessity of ensuring that all students have access to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.

We hear a lot about about the difficulties and disadvantages poor students and students of color face with regard to gaining access to the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. But rarely do we hear such poignant stories about facing these difficulties from students themselves. Andrea Lopez, a confident, studious 17-year-old high school student in California, sat down in an SAT prep class only to realize how underprepared she felt with the material compared to the wealthier, White students in the class.

200 Students & Parents Rally in Sacramento

For almost 10 years, members of the CA-based Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) have held an annual rally in Sacramento to on behalf of high-quality education for all students regardless of family income or ethnicity. Over 200 students, parents and community organizers attended CQE's Education "Day of Action" this year in early May. 

For almost 10 years, members of the CA-based Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) have held an annual rally in Sacramento to on behalf of high-quality education for all students regardless of family income or ethnicity. Over 200 students, parents and community organizers attended CQE's Education "Day of Action" this year in early May.

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NY Education Crisis Threatens State's Economy

"Education insolvency" is becoming increasingly likely for New York schools as budget cuts and local revenue caps drain resources from school districts, writes Billy Easton, Executive Director of Alliance for Quality Education, one of the organizations on the front lines of the fight to secure equitable funding for all NY students.

"Education insolvency" is becoming increasingly likely for New York schools as budget cuts and local revenue caps drain resources from school districts, writes Billy Easton, Executive Director of Alliance for Quality Education.

Help Us Close the Opportunity Gap

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2012-05-25

Appleseed asks parents, educators and student board members to take action to make schools more equitable across the nation. 

And be sure to check out Appleseed's Resource Equity Assessment Document, a great resource for school boards and communities to measure the distribution of educational resources within and between districts. Download it here!

Appleseed asks parents, educators and student board members to take action to make schools more equitable across the nation. 

And be sure to check out Appleseed's Resource Equity Assessment Document, a great resource for school boards and communities to measure the distribution of educational resources within and between districts. Download it here!

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Resource Equity Assessment Document

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2012-05-25
Type: 
toolkits
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The Resource Equity Assessment Document (READ) helps school boards and communities to measure the distribution of educational resources within and between districts. In doing so, they can engage in comparative assessment of problem spots and points of pride. 

Download the resource (as a PDF) below!

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Record Number of CA Schools Face Bankruptcy

School districts across the country are struggling to make ends meet as a result of massive education budget cuts and tax caps. In California, a record number of school districts won't be able to pay their bills this school year. 

School districts across the country are struggling to make ends meet as a result of massive education budget cuts and tax caps. In California, a record number of school districts won't be able to pay their bills this school year. A biannual report on the financial health of CA schools from the state's Department of Education, 2.6 million children are enrolled in financially troubled districts.

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Educate NY Now! - Campaign Launch

The Alliance for Quality Education, one of the most visible groups in NY fighting for fair school funding and equitable educational opportunities, has launched a new statewide campaign. Educate NY Now!  "unites parents, educators, administrators, unions, school board members, community organizations, and education advocates around a broad-based campaign to demand that our state government fulfills New York's constitutional obligation to provide all students with a quality education." 

The Alliance for Quality Education, one of the most visible groups in NY fighting for fair school funding and equitable educational opportunities, has launched a new statewide campaign. Educate NY Now!  "unites parents, educators, administrators, unions, school board members, community organizations, and education advocates around a broad-based campaign to demand that our state government fulfills New York's constitutional obligation to provide all students with a quality education." 

From AQE's press release:

Cuomo 'Throwing a Grenade' at NY Public Ed

AQE and other NY groups are battling New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's education policy, which Times Union columnist Fred LeBrun says consists of "throwing a hand grenade at a thorny problem, walking away, and seeing who and what survives."

Opposition is growing in New York, led by the Alliance for Quality Education and community advocates all across the state, to Governor Andrew Cuomo's education policy.

NY Tax Cap Limits Funding for Schools

96 percent of New York communities approved their school budgets this past week, but a new state cap on property tax increases has garnered criticism from advocacy groups, such as Alliance for Quality Education, for limiting districts' ability to adequately fund their local schools.

96 percent of New York communities approved their school budgets this past week, but a new state cap on property tax increases has garnered criticism from advocacy groups, such as Alliance for Quality Education, for limiting districts' ability to adequately fund their local schools.

Communities that wish to exceed the 2 percent tax increase cap need a supermajority of votes (60 percent), which makes it exceedingly difficult for communities to help fund schools even if, by a simple majority vote, residents support a increase in property taxes that exceeds 2 percent.

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Closing Schools Doesn't Save Students

For many parents in New York City, the legacy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is "one of a lack of resources and persistent inequalities that deny our children a substantive and fair opportunity to learn."

For NYC parent organizer Zakiyah Ansari, the legacy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is "one of a lack of resources and persistent inequalities that deny our children a substantive and fair opportunity to learn." In a fantastic OP-Ed published in Black Star News, Ansari, Advocacy Director for Alliance for Quality Education, takes the Bloomberg administration to task for wasting money on risky, unproven school "turnaround" policies when the city's tax dollars could be better spent

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