July 2010 Issue:
Teach For America (TFA) sees itself as a way to expand the pool of people available to teach in low-wealth communities and claims great accomplishments, but the program's actual impacts on student achievement are mixed at best, according to a new policy brief that offers a comprehensive review of relevant research.
Facing one of the most devastating economic crises in decades, state legislators have been making budget cuts to one of the most vital resources citizens have -- their public schools. Parents, teachers, and students are speaking out against the cuts. From Massachusetts to California, whether through rallies, marches, or symbolic acts, citizens are making clear that they stand behind public education.
As states across the country have been coping with revenue shortfalls by cutting education funding, education advocates scored a victory in Pennsylvania earlier this month when Governor Rendell signed a budget that will provide $5.8 billion to K-12 public schools, an increase of 4.5 percent.
Making schools the center of their communities will better meet children's needs and improve their educational achievement, according to the DIPLOMA Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on July 15, 2010. In contrast to many U.S. Department of Education proposals, the DIPLOMA Act recognizes the impact of out-of-school factors on children and intends to improve opportunity by mitigating barriers to learning.
Three-Quarters of Districts Plan Cuts
While nearly two-thirds of all school districts used federal “stimulus money” from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to save or create teaching jobs in the 2009-10 school year, almost three-quarters of the nation's school districts expect to cut teaching jobs in 2010-11 due to funding cuts, according to a new survey of districts by the Center on Education Policy (CEP).
High Court Decision Anticipated
Plaintiffs still await a decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court in Abbeville County Sch. Dist. v. State of South Carolina, which was argued over two years ago.
July 2010
Launch of new Education Justice website. Be on the lookout for this exciting announcement!
July 28, 2010
“Our Communities Left Behind: An Analysis of the Administration's School Turnaround Policies,” presented by Communities for Excellent Public Schools and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Washington, D.C. RSVP to informationceps@gmail.com.
September 28, 2010
Plaintiff Litigators' Workshop, convened by Education Law Center & Education Justice, Chicago, IL. By invitation only.
September 30, 2010
“A Quality Education for All: The Uses of Law to Translate Theory into Practice,” Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia's 3rd Annual Symposium on Equality, Philadelphia, PA.
October 18, 2010
“The Family: America's Smallest School,” ETS's 14th Addressing Achievement Gaps Symposium, Washington, D.C.
November 4-6, 2010
“Learning From New Jersey's PreK-3rd Approach to Education Reform,” presented at Education Trust National Conference, will discuss the impact of reforms instituted in response to Abbott v. Burke litigation, Arlington, VA.
TBA 2010
Education Law Center will release a new national report card on fair school funding.
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-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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