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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.

National Council of Churches Education Video Series

A four-part video series from the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy, featuring discussions with John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and education historian Diane Ravitch. 

The following four-part video series was produced in August by the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy. 

Part 1: Educational Opportunity for All

John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and education historian Diane Ravitch discuss why our society must rise to the challenge of providing educational opportunity for every child in public schools.

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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.

Civil Rights Framework for Providing All Students an Opportunity to Learn through Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2010-07-26
Type: 
policy

Today there is nothing short of a state of emergency in the delivery of education to our nation’s communities of color. As our communities quickly grow on pace to become a numerical majority, it is clear that confronting the issues we face is not just our challenge alone but all of America’s challenge. As a nation, we are failing to provide the highquality educational opportunities that are critical for all students to succeed, thereby jeopardizing our nation’s ability to continue to be a world leader.

As a community of civil rights organizations, we believe that access to a high-quality education is a fundamental civil right. The federal government’s role is to protect and promote that civil right by creating and supporting a fair and substantive opportunity to learn for all students, regardless of where and to whom they were born.

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