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Starving America's Public Schools: How Budget Cuts and Policy Mandates are Hurting our Nation's Students

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2011-10-13
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

This report looks at America's Pre-K-12 public schools -- from the perspective of what Americans are reading and hearing in their local newspapers and media broadcasts. Sifting through these on-the-ground accounts revealed that there is indeed a growing crisis in America's public schools that hinges on two factors: state austerity budgets that cut funds from services to students and families, and new policies redirecting tax dollars meant for public schools to charters. 

At the Edge: A Survey of New York State School Superintendents on Fiscal Matters

Publication Date: 
Sat, 2011-10-01

At the Edge finds that 80 percent of the districts surveyed eliminated teaching positions and more than half were forced to increase class sizes as a result of the state's $1.3 billion cut. It's plain and simple, school cuts HURT. The hurt is even greater because New York students are being robbed of learning opportunities as part of a budget pushed by Gov. Cuomo that gives millionaires a $5 billion tax break. Read and share the report. Stay informed. New York's example can't be repeated in other states.

 

Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-10-04

This report, released by The Pew Center on the States, urges our nation’s policymakers to move our public education from a K-12 to a Pre-K-12 system. The report outlines how starting children earlier will be more effective in developing the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school.

The College Payoff: Education, Occupations and Lifetime Earnings

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-08-05
Type: 
reports

A new study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the value of a college degree is increasing. The study shows that people with bachelor’s degrees earn 84 percent more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, up from 75 percent in 1999. Read more>.

Mapping and Analyzing the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: An Action Kit to Understanding How Harsh School Discipline Policies and Practices are Impacting Your Community

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2009-06-01

The overuse of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and school-based arrests across has pushed many youths -- especially those of color -- out of school and into jail. The Advancement Project’s action kit is intended to help parents, youth, advocates and educators address the school-to-prison pipeline so they can create better learning environments. Read more>.

An Update on State Budget Cuts: At Least 46 States Have Imposed Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents and Cause Job Loss

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-02-09
Type: 
reports

A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis shows that nearly half of all states have made "significant cuts" in public education, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and children of color.

Attracting, Developing and Maintaining Human Capital: A New Model for Economic Development

Publication Date: 
Sat, 2011-07-23
Author: 
Timothy Bartik
Type: 
reports

In a new brief from the Pew Center on the States, Timothy Bartik argues that investing in early childhood helps with job creation in the short term and also creates a stronger future workforce. His comprehensive model combines well-designed business incentives with high-quality early childhood programs.

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City’s Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-07-01
Type: 
reports
Category: 
vouchers

This report analyzes the effectiveness of the Schoolwide Performance Bonuses Program, which is an effort to improve student performance through school-based financial incentives. The three-year study, which found that the program did little to improve student achievement, examined student test scores; teacher, school staff, and administrator surveys; and interviews with administrators, staff members, program sponsors, and union and district officials.

State Policies to Reengage Dropouts

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-07-12
Type: 
policy

More than 1 million youth ages 16 to 19 are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma. Although states are beginning to use research to create successful dropout prevention policies and programs, more work needs to be done. This report summarizes recent policy developments in dropout prevention and recovery and recommends effective strategies for states to facilitate the reengagement of out-of-school youth.

Keeping Informed about School Vouchers: A Review of Major Developments and Research

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-07-27
Author: 
Alexandra Usher, Nancy Kober
Type: 
reports
Category: 
vouchers

The Center for Education Policy examines a decade’s worth of research on school vouchers, including the effects on graduation rates, parental satisfaction, public school achievement and the cost to taxpayers. Among the report’s key findings is that vouchers have no clear positive effect on student academic achievement. The report stresses the need for closer scrutiny of voucher research to ensure greater objectivity because CEP’s reviewers found that a majority of previous research has been conducted or sponsored by voucher proponents.

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