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September 8, 2011
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OTL HIGHLIGHTS
Feds: Stop kicking the can down the road
U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating and start tackling America's big issues, writes John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, in his most recent Huffington Post blog. Read more>

Ravitch: American schools in crisis
Contrary to what critics have been saying for decades, the public school system will work if we focus on why public education was created — to advance the common good of the community, writes Diane Ravitch in her article for the Saturday Evening Post. Read more>

Plan before picking Philadelphia superintendent
Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters Pennsylvania, urges the City of Brotherly Love to develop a vision for improving educational opportunity for all students rather than rush to hire a new schools chief. Read more>

RESOURCES

Moving towards restorative justice
The Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, and the Public Education and Policy Fund of New York, bring attention to the Buffalo, N.Y., urge an end to the public school district's strict out-of-school suspension practices for non-violent offenses. Read more>

State cuts shortchange students
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. Read more>
Students feel unprepared for college
A College Board survey finds that students who have graduated from high school highly value college, but wish they had beenbetter prepared for it. The study also shows that only half of all respondents felt that school prepared them well for both college and the work force. Read more>

IN THE NEWS
  • Early education is underfunded: A recent study by researchers from the University of Missouri and University of Minnesota show that high-quality early education programs are essential to the future success of many urban children. Read more>

  • Opinion: An ode to teachers: Teachers are often overworked, underpaid and blamed for our failing education system. Let's consider the obstacles they face and give them the admiration and support they deserve. Read more>

  • Opinion: When schools depend on handouts: Cuts to public education spending has forced school districts to find other sources of funding, often in the form of charitable donations, and limits resources to students whose families can afford it. Public funds should fully be able to support all students. Read more>

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