The National Center for Education Policy (NEPC), an OTL ally, has a new, must-read book about the change our nation needs to make from thinking about the achievement gap to trying to fix the opportunity gap that underlies it.
Many observers have called Governor Walker’s proposal to expand private school vouchers bad education policy. I agree. But, today, I would like to address voucher expansion from the perspective of fiscal policy.
If voucher advocates are successful in expanding private school vouchers in this budget, vouchers will eventually become one of the largest taxpayer‐funded entitlements in Wisconsin.
A new report from UCLA's Civil Right Project is a one stop shop for all the school discipline data advocates or organizers needto fight the overuse of out-of-school suspensions. Out of School & Off Track uses data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools for the 2009-2010 academic year and breaks it down by district, race, gender, elementary/secondary school level, English language learners, and disability status.
It’s no longer good enough to just know that Governor Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget proposal is bad for kids in Wisconsin’s public schools. Now that you know it, think about telling your friends and neighbors and, equally important, ask your elected representatives to change the plan.
Question: When is $129 million not $129 million?
Answer: When it is the additional aid Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker promised to send to the state’s public schools.
Despite the Governor’s claimed increase for 2013-15 ─ an anemic and inadequate one percent even if true ─ it is really only $39 million …. a paltry half-percent increase or $44.83 per student even if schools could spend it (but more on that later).
Mixed in with voucher and school choice nonsense, Wisconsin Gov. Walker pitched yet another useless and wasteful education reform this past week that panders to his free market-minded friends.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Beebe, Director, Opportunity to Learn - Wisconsin
Governor's K-12 Budget Proposals Continue to Starve Public Schools While Private Choice Schools Benefit
I hail from Mark Twain country. Thus, a little satire for this week's posting. - Steve
With Valentine’s Day nearing, my family just took its annual love survey.
On February 27th, the Opportunity to Learn Campaign will be hosting a webinar on racial justice with the Applied Research Center, an OTL ally. The webinar will provide advocates and organizers with valuable tools for framing and combating racial disparities in our nation's education system. Sign up here!
(This post originally appeared on FightingBob.com.)
Have you ever felt that you fell through the looking glass hand-in-hand with Alice to a place where up is down, north is really south, and wrong is actually right?