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The Desperate Need for Resources in St. Louis Area Schools

Brittini Gray, a community organizer with Metropolitan Congregations United, published a powerful op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decrying the continued lack of resources for schools in the St. Louis area. She lays out how lack of funding and poor policy decisions have continually damaged the Normandy School District, creating a climate in which students have minimal opportunities to succeed.

Brittini Gray
Brittini Gray

Changing the Way We Count Low-Income Students

Currently over half of students in the U.S. received free or reduced-price lunch, a statistic that is widely used as a proxy for measuring child poverty rates. Now, however, a new strategy to fight hunger in schools might make it more difficult to collect data on the number of low-income students across the country.

Community Eligibility Chart
Chart showing some of the states enrolled in CEP
via USDA.gov
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NYC Mayor Expanding Community Schools Program to 200 Schools

Education organizers in New York City celebrated when then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio promised to create 100 new community schools to better meet the out-of-school needs of the city's children. Now, just over a year into his term as mayor, de Blasio's administration is upping that number to 200 community schools by 2017.

Services in community schools
Some of the resources offered in community schools.
Via NYC Community Schools

PA School Funding Case Going to State Supreme Court

The school funding case working its way through the Pennsylvania court system ran into a temporary setback when a lower court ruled that the court system lacked the jurisdiction to rule on whether the state was failing to provide adequate funding to schools and students. The defendants are filing an appeal and the case will now advance to the State Supreme Court.

Education Law CenterPennsylvania schools are the most inequitably funded in the United States, in large part because of the lack of a fair funding formula for distributing state funds and because of Recession-era budget cuts.

How Can We Get Smaller Classes for Massachusetts Students?

As part of the ongoing Roadmap to Expanding Opportunity project, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center has released a new policy brief designed to help advocates and educators make the case for expanding access to one particular resource in school: smaller class sizes.

Graph showing results of the STAR projectDespite its high test scores and graduation rates, Massachusetts, like the rest of the United States, still struggles with opportunity gaps and giving every child an equitable education.

Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2015-02-05
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reports

An important new report from the African American Policy Forum is a must-read for anyone committed to understanding how both race and gender impact educational opportunity in our country. Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected combines national data on school discipline with interviews with young women of color to paint a picture of their experiences in school and in their communities and to offer suggestions for how we can better support them.

An important new report from the African American Policy Forum is a must-read for anyone committed to understanding how both race and gender impact educational opportunity in our country. Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected combines national data on school discipline with interviews with young women of color to paint a picture of their experiences in school and in their communities and to offer suggestions for how we can better support them.

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Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2015-02-11
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Schott Foundation for Public Education
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reports

Schott’s biennial 50-state report series chronicles the hurdles and systemic challenges in the national education system that result in frustrating, racially identifiable gaps in graduation rates, including disparities in school discipline and inequitable school supports. The 2015 report illustrates the inexcusable degree to which Black male students are neglected by our nation's inequitable public education system.

Schott’s biennial 50-state report series chronicles the hurdles and systemic challenges in the national education system that result in frustrating, racially identifiable gaps in graduation rates, including disparities in school discipline and inequitable school supports. The 2015 report illustrates the inexcusable degree to which Black male students are neglected by our nation's inequitable public education system.

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ESEA Reauthorization Could Be a Chance for Equity in Education

Jitu Brown, National Director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, and Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project, spoke out in a recent op-ed, calling for a return to ESEA's true purpose: ensuring equity in our nation's public schools so that all children have the same opportunities to succeed.

Journey for Justice and the Advancement Project

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Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50-State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2015-04-13

In February 2015, the Schott Foundation for public education released the 2015 edition of its biennial report on public education and black male students. Watch (and share!) this short animation about the report. Read the full report here.

In February 2015, the Schott Foundation for public education released the 2015 edition of its biennial report on public education and black male students. Watch (and share!) this short animation about the report. Read the full report here.

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As ESEA Debate Continues, Grassroots Voices Weigh In

Federal lawmakers seem to be getting serious about a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The OTL Campaign was proud to join over 100 grassroots community and labor groups this week to release an open letter to Congressional leaders urging them to support the development of full-service community schools, end the school-to-prison pipeline, halt federal funding for charter school expansion, and maintain the Title I program.

After months of debate, federal lawmakers seem to be getting serious about a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and this week Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray released a bipartisan "compromise bill" that could have important implications for schools, students and teachers nationwide.

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