Pennsylvania

Stealing an Opportunity to Learn

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

Tanya McDowell, the Connecticut mother who was accused of fraudulently enrolling her son in a better school, only wanted what was best for her child in a world where ethnicity and local income are strongly linked to the quality of schools and opportunities available to students. 

Earlier this week Tanya McDowell, the Bridgeport, Connecticut, mother accused of fraudulently enrolling her son in a Norwalk school, was sentenced to prison and must pay $6,200 to the city of Norwalk for stealing a better education for her son.

The case parallels a similar one in Ohio.

CDF Data: Access to Full-Day Kindergarten in the U.S.

This insightful infographic from the Children's Defense Funds lays out a child's access, or lack thereof, to full-day kindergarten in every state, breaking down early childhood education programs by availability and whether the programs are funded by the state or out of pocket by parents.

This insightful infographic from the Children's Defense Fund lays out a child's access, or lack thereof, to full-day kindergarten in every state, breaking down early childhood education programs by availability and whether the programs are funded by the state or out of pocket by parents.

Right Problem, Wrong Solution

By John Jackson, President & CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education

While the Schott Foundation is pleased that Kentucky legislators are reviewing its data to address the alarming low graduation rate of African American males, we are concerned that they are considering the wrong solution to the problem: charter schools.

While the Schott Foundation is pleased that Kentucky legislators are reviewing its data to address the alarming low graduation rate of African American males, we are concerned that they are considering the wrong solution to the problem: charter schools. The opportunity gap that has led to the persistent achievement gap between students of color and their White peers is a systemic problem.

Annenberg Institute Issues Game-Changing Strategy Guide to Quality Teaching

Striding into the hottest topic in public education, Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform today issued “Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas and What to Do About Them,” a concise guide for improving teaching effectiveness.

The following is a press release from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform concerning their new, must-read guide to teacher quality in educaiton reform. You can download the PDF of the guide here.

What the Increasing Income-Related Achievement Gap Really Means

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

The growing achievement gap between rich and poor children, which has garnered significant attention from the media following a Standford University report, is being driven by rising poverty rates among children of color.

A recent research report by Sean Reardon of the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University has received much publicity, including a major article in the New York Times.

Drastic PA education cuts should be reversed

By Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania

Public education is certainly not among Governor Tom Corbett’s budget priorities for the coming year. In his recent 2012-2012 budget speech, Governor Corbett proposed to continue his policy of reducing public education funding by carrying forward last year’s drastic and debilitating $900 million cut to public education.

Public education is certainly not among Governor Tom Corbett’s budget priorities for the coming year. In his recent 2012-2012 budget speech, Governor Corbett proposed to continue his policy of reducing public education funding by carrying forward last year’s drastic and debilitating $900 million cut to public education.

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Vouchers - Overview



 Vouchers – as well as state-sponsored tax-credit programs that support private schools – are not the answer to ensuring America’s children have a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. These programs divert resources from public schools, affect a limited number of students and, most studies show, don’t improve children’s educational experiences.

Opportunity Gap - Overview

 


The achievement gap between White students and Black and Latino students correlates to the OPPORTUNITY GAP—disparity in access to quality schools and the resources needed for academic success, such as early childhood education, highly prepared and effective teachers, college preparatory curricula, and equitable instructional resources.

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