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Latest Race to the Top Grants Go to States at Bottom of School Funding Equity

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Since 2009, the US Department of Education's (USDOE) Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative has given millions in federal funds to states conditioned on launching various education reforms. The USDOE has awarded these grant funds without regard to how equitably the states fund their schools. Since states control 90 percent...

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Will NY Reform Commission Champion School Funding Equity?

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Last April, Governor Andrew Cuomo established the New New York Education Reform Commission, charged with identifying "successful models and strategies" to "boost student achievement without increasing spending." The Commission must issue preliminary recommendations by December 1, 2012, and a final report by September 1, 2013.

The 25 member Commission...

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New York School Funding Among Nation's Most Unfair

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:19 PM

New York is considered "high spending" when it comes to public education. But does the Empire State fairly fund its public schools?

The answer is a resounding no, according to just released data in the Second Edition of the National Report Card "Is School Funding Fair?" The...

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Time to Make High Quality Early Education a Legal Right

(24) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 10:43 AM

For the second straight year, many states have reduced preschool funding, access and quality for the nation's 3-and 4-year-old children, according to data in the "2011 State of Preschool Yearbook," released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Even more states continue to deprive millions of...

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Let's Go Bold

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 3:05 PM

The inside-the-beltway debate on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has now boiled down to two choices: 1) trust the states to implement rigorous standards for all students or, 2) continue with a warmed-over form of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) test-based "accountability" to identify performance gaps, label...

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Time for States to Overhaul Charter School Laws

(9) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 6:16 PM

For many governors, education "reform" means more charter schools, along with private school vouchers. With the governors' support, charter authorizers are receiving record numbers of charter school applications this year.

But there is growing evidence of significant problems with states' charter experiments. Data consistently show most charter schools...

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Build On Newark's Progress

(3) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 2:13 PM

On April 21, 2011, Huffington Post article Newark's Underperforming Schools Almost Have A New Leader, described the Newark public schools as "one of the country's most troubled school systems," citing a spending level of $25,000 per pupil, persistent "achievement gaps" and a 50 percent graduation rate. These "facts"...

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School Funding Unfair Is in Many States

(4) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 10:26 PM

In the current debate over education reform, one often hears that the United States "spends a lot," on public education, and that we keep spending more but are getting less for it. But what does a "lot" mean? Do all students, especially those attending high poverty schools, receive the funding...

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