Connecticut

The Federal Role in Transforming Struggling Schools

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-04-01
Type: 
policy
Category: 
charter-schools

To transform struggling schools into successful environments for teaching and learning, more emphasis needs to be placed on seeking partnerships among groups at the federal and local level. This brief examines the federal policy for intervening in low-achieving schools and suggests a different approach for "turning around" struggling schools.

How Hispanic Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-06-21
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A new analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics of scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reviews the achievement gaps between Hispanic and White public school students at the state and national levels. While reading and mathematics scores for both Hispanics and Whites increased between 1990 and 2009, the achievement gaps remained stable at 21 points for fourth-grade mathematics and 26 points for fourth-grade reading. A previous report analyzes the NAEP achievement gap between Black and White students. 

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-06-21
Author: 
Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Catherine H. Augustine, Heather L. Schwartz, Susan J. Bodilly, Brian Mcinnis, Dahlia S. Lichter, Amanda Brown Cross
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

Summer learning programs can help children improve their academics, especially students from low-income families who may not have access to educational resources in the summer, and low-achieving students who need additional time to master academic materials. This report, conducted by RAND Education and sponsored by The Wallace Foundation, finds evidence of the effectiveness of summer learning programs and offers specific recommendations on how school districts can overcome barriers to establishing them so that all children have access to enrichment opportunities.

Campaign for High School Equity: A Plan for Success

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-06-10
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

Each year, more than 1 million students drop of high school while still thousands more – the majority of whom are students of color and low-income students – graduate without the high-quality education they need to succeed in college, the workplace and in life. In a compelling new report, “The Plan for Success,” the Campaign for High School Equity has outlined the crisis and defined solutions that will require changes in policy and practice to help transform our high schools to ensure every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, ZIP code or socioeconomic status, has an opportunity to learn in a high-quality public school.

Flip it to Fix it

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-05-25
Type: 
reports
Category: 
economic-consequences

The Great Recession left nearly all states with severe budget deficits as state tax revenues plummeted. Simultaneously, there has been a dramatic increase in demand for public services as families also struggle to stay afloat. These budget realities have forced at least 21 states to propose deep cuts in pre-kindergarten and K-12 spending. United for a Fair Economy recently published a report that takes a state’s current distribution of state and local taxes by income quintile and flips the quintiles to make a regressive tax structure progressive. This model results in significant revenue for states that could be used to fully fund education, job growth and other economic stimulants.

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Framing the Future: Addressing Pre-K in ESEA

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-05-24
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

As federal lawmakers consider reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, this brief makes the argument for a robust early education component in the effort to provide high-quality programs in the fight for equal educational opportunities for all children.

The 2010 State of Preschool Yearbook

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-04-27
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

The 2010 State of Preschool Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten programs during the 2009-2010 school year.

The report includes information on national trends in public preschool programs, state profiles with detailed program information, and comprehensive appendices of survey and program data. The report emphasizes the need for effective, high-quality early education programs which provide critical support to a child’s development. The data also shows that the recession had a significant impact on state funding for preschool programs in the 2009-2010 school year.  

 

Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession: Lessons from around the world

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-03-18
Type: 
reports
Category: 
highly-effective-teachers

The Same Starting Line: How School Boards Can Erase the Opportunity Gap Between Poor and Middle-Class Children.

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2011-02-10
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

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FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Contact: Keith Rushing
202.347.7960
krushing@appleseednetwork.org

As ESEA Reauthorization Approaches School Districts Should Focus on Equalizing Resources For All Students

Talking Points: Why We Can’t Wait For Superman

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2010-10-01
Type: 
reports

Since the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman there has been much media coverage and public discussion surrounding issues raised by the film. The film poses charter schools as a panacea—even though they serve less than 4% of America’s children, and research shows the vast majority don’t outperform public schools. These Talking Points are a tool that can help you reframe the discussion in your community and networks to create an echo chamber focused on systemic solutions that will provide a fair and substantive opportunity to learn for all children, not just a few.

Since the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman there has been much media coverage and public discussion surrounding issues raised by the film. The film poses charter schools as a panacea—even though they serve less than 4% of America’s children, and research shows the vast majority don’t outperform public schools.

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