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New Report: Charter Schools Rife with Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

The Alliance to Reclaim our Schools and the Center for Popular Democracy released a report this week that should give serious pause to any state or city that's considering expanding their charter school programs. The report found $200 million of taxpayer funds has been used fraudulently or wasted by charter schools in 15 states, and because there is so little oversight of these schools, the number is likely even higher.

The Alliance to Reclaim our Schools and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) released a report this week that should give serious pause to any state or city that's considering expanding their charter school programs. The report found $200 million of taxpayer funds has been used fraudulently or wasted by charter schools in 15 states, and because there is so little oversight of these schools, the number is likely even higher.

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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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Why Restorative Justice Gets Better Results

In a letter to the editor for The Wall Street Journal, Lori Bezahler of the Hazen Foundation takes NYC charter school advocate Eva Moscowitz to task for her recent op-ed ridiculing restorative justice practices. Schools across the country are adopting restorative justice in lieu of harsh discipline for one simple reason: it works. It keeps more students in school, creates safer, more supportive learning environments, and raises test scores and graduation rates.


Lori Bezahler
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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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The View From 3 Feet

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-09-18

We could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but figured you would rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool. They're telling stories, doing art projects, practicing counting, and learning that "when somebody's talking to someone else, you be patient."

We could talk your ear off about the importance of early learning, but figured you would rather have some cute kids with GoPro cameras show you why they love preschool. They're telling stories, doing art projects, practicing counting, and learning that "when somebody's talking to someone else, you be patient."

Pre-k matters, so learn how you can help make sure every kid gets a chance to go to preschool here.

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