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Florida graduation rates

By Michael Holzman, Senior Research Consultant, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

The story behind calculating Florida's extraordinary graduation rates.

The headline is:  Florida High School Graduation Rate is Highest Ever.

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that the Florida State Department of Education has announced that the state’s graduation rate is now 80.1 percent.  The graduation rate for Hispanics is 77.3 percent and that for Black students is 68.4 percent.

These are extraordinary numbers.

Just how extraordinary are they?  The newspaper notes that:

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Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
reports

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

The War on Black Girls' Hair in Charter and Private Schools

Hair is an integral part of black cultural expression, but it has little to do with educational development, says John H. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation. His response, highlighted in recent media reports, was a sharp dressing-down of a charter school in Malden, Mass., that disciplined African American girls who wore braided hair extensions to school. The case brought heightened attention to the boundaries of policing identity, and it activated our advocacy partners at the local ACLU, NAACP, and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice to get the school to reconsider its ban on hair extensions, which overwhelmingly affected students of color. It also got the attention of the state attorney general, who is now investigating.

Hair is an integral part of black cultural expression, but it has little to do with educational development, says John H. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation. His response, highlighted in recent media reports, was a sharp dressing-down of a charter school in Malden, Mass., that disciplined African American girls who wore braided hair extensions to school.

Through Hell or High Water: The #FundSouth Movement is Strong

by Edgar Villanueva
Last week, I and approximately 200 grantmakers and advocates from across the nation traversed horrific storms and endured prolonged travel delays to get to Charleston, South Carolina, for the Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) 2017 Regional Convening. The three-day convening provided space to have discussions about capacity-building, building power for progressive change, racial justice, economic opportunity, and advancing equity in public education.

Foundations have had an “on again, off again” love affair with the South. Funding there tends to be short-term and typically in response to a natural disaster, a national crisis or an election, but some significant infrastructure has been laid to coordinate and expand opportunities for sustained foundation giving.

Is school funding fair? For too many students, the answer is still no.

Since 2010, the Education Law Center has published national report cards on how states are (or aren't) investing in their schools and students. "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card" released Wednesday, paints a worrying picture. In most states, ELC has found that public funding for schools is both unfair and inequitable: that is, not only are schools not receiving the funds they need, the schools that need funding the most are the ones with the most dramatic shortfalls.

Dream Defenders Deliver 2014 State of the Youth Address

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of a generation of young voters and organizers.

Stop what you're doing and watch this video right now.

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of a generation of young voters and organizers. 

Dream Defenders: 2014 State of the Youth Address

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-01-30

Phil Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of millions of young voters and organizers.

Phil Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, delivers the first State of the Youth Address, outlining the social justice priorities of millions of young voters and organizers.

Federal Complaint Against FL for Setting Lower Standards for Students of Color

Advocates in Florida have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state Department of Education for setting lower achievement standards for students of color and thereby "perpetuating the prejudiced perception that African-American and Hispanic students are less capable than their white and Asian-American peers."

The standards and accountability movement, to which many politicians subscribe, has had a rough couple weeks, particularly in Florida. Former Florida schools chief Tony Bennett resigned last week after a scandal about his tinkering with school performance statistics. And now, advocates in the state have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state Department of Education for setting different (and lower) achievement standards for students of color.

Bennett's Rigged School Ratings Just Par for the "Accountability" Course

FL Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, who made his name advocating for school "accountability," is resigning in the wake of a scandal over his role in minipulating school rankings. There's a bigger problem: "Accountability" is part of a rigged education reform agenda that demonizes struggling pubic schools while letting policymakers off the hook for failing to invest in them.

Tony Bennett, Florida's now-ex-Education Commissioner, resigned today in the wake of a scandal over his role in influencing the rating of an underperforming charter school.

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Author: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

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