February 2010
In This Issue
John Jackson of the Schott Foundation, Patricia Gándara of the Civil Rights Project, and Molly Hunter of Education Justice, at Education Law Center, spoke at a Hill briefing on February 22, highlighting the gross disparities in our schools and the need to build Opportunity To Learn into the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Bethany Little of the Senate HELP Committee responded.
In a landmark report presented at the Equity Symposium at Teachers College and covered by the New York Times, Education Week, and WNYC, Dr. Bruce Baker of Rutgers University and David Sciarra and Dr. Danielle Farrie of the Education Law Center analyzed the distribution of over $39 billion in federal Recovery Act funds for education . . . .
The Schott Foundation for Public Education, in its Response to the State of the Union Address, writes: “We believe that a more dramatic change in education reform policy is needed, one focused on addressing clear inequities in educational opportunity. Achieving this goal calls for a federal system for resource accountability.”
When plaintiffs decided to appeal the unfavorable trial court decision in Davis v. State to the South Dakota Supreme Court, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD), a non-profit education organization representing more than 850 local school board members, the 154 school districts they govern, and the students they serve, felt compelled to speak to the court on behalf of struggling students . . . .
Washington State plaintiffs scored a strong trial court victory, Rhode Island plaintiffs filed a new lawsuit alleging that their state's system of education funding is unconstitutional, and Kansas plaintiffs plan to file a new case.
In the hopes of pressuring their states to meet what they believe are their minimum education spending obligations under the federal Recovery Act (ARRA), advocacy groups in California and New Jersey are asking Education Secretary Arne Duncan to require their states to comply with the federal law.
High Court Decisions Anticipated
Plaintiffs still await decisions from state supreme courts in Abbeville County Sch. Dist. v. State of South Carolina and Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, both of which were argued over a year ago.
March 1, 2010
“Race, Class, and Reform: a Panel discussion about Education Reform in America,” presented by Bank Street College of Education, features Michael Nettles, Irving S. Hamer, Jr, Jeannie Oakes, David Sciarra, and Peter McFarlane, New York, NY. Please contact Linda Reing at 212-961-3332 or lreing@bankstreet.edu to RSVP.
March 17, 2010
“Accountability that Advances Learning,” the third event in a series entitled “Transforming ESEA: Helping Public Schools Improve,” presented by the Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA), features Richard Rothstein, Doug Christensen and Beth Foley, Washington, DC. Register here.
March 18-20, 2010
American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, Education Finance and Policy in a Time of Fiscal Constraints and Federal Action. Molly Hunter is chairing “Measuring Educational Adequacy Around the US” session, Richmond, VA.
March 19, 2010
33rd Annual EdSource Forum on California Education Policy, “California at a Crossroads: Crisis & Opportunity,” Santa Clara, California.
April 15, 2010
“Transforming ESEA to Meet the Needs of all Learners,” the third event in a series entitled “Transforming ESEA: Helping Public Schools Improve,” presented by the Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA), Washington, DC.
April 27, 2010
“The Flat World and Education: What the Nation Can Learn from New Jersey,” lecture by Stanford Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, is presented by the National Institute for Early Education Research and Education Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ.

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