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.
When states tighten their fiscal belts, public schools suffers, especially with regard to class size, early childhood education, and arts programs, according to a new study released Thursday by the Campaign for America's Future.
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.
"Parent Triggers," says education historian Diane Ravitch in a recent piece for Education Week, are "another one of those deceptive schemes that comes packaged with an alluring name, but whose true purpose is to undermine public education."
Talk about a pipeline to prison.
In a new study released Wednesday, Daniel Losen, a senior education law and policy associate at UCLA's Civil Rights Project, traces the educational consequences of harsh disciplinary measures that are doled out unevenly to students of color.
Parent involvement in public schools ought to be encouraged, right?
Unfortunately one of the programs designed to increase parent involvement has just lost its federal funding, write Arnold Fege and Edwin Darden in a Washington Post column. Directors at the Public Education Network and Appleseed Network respectively, Fege and Darden lay out the consequences of the Department of Education's recent decision to defund more than 60 percent of Parent Inolvement and Resource Centers (PIRCs).
In a new report, the Pew Center on the States challenges the assumption among policy-makers that education reform should focus on K-12 programs. Rather, the study suggests that providing high-quality pre-K programs is critical in laying the foundation for a child's education.
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.
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>.