November 2010 Issue:
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Over two hundred Arkansans converged in Little Rock on November 12 and 13, 2010 for the first Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit. Participants worked together to create strategies for improving education and closing the gap in learning opportunities among Arkansas students. And, importantly, they plan to continue working together.
Those who believe in paying and punishing teachers based on student test scores often claim that the private sector relies heavily on performance pay, but this contention is rarely examined. Has performance pay really been prolific and successful in the private sector? And if applied in the education context, what is it likely to accomplish? Experience suggests that it could create damaging incentives rather than improving teaching or learning.
"A state program diverts tax dollars to religious schools," reports the Wall Street Journal. In Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, Arizona taxpayers challenged the state law creating this program on Establishment Clause grounds, and the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case recently.
A new report looking at Montgomery County, Maryland shows that increasing economic integration improves achievement among low-income children, without lowering achievement among their higher-income peers. As the 16th largest school district in the nation, with a diverse student body, Montgomery County's well-known educational successes are fertile ground for research on programs that work for all children.
Because teen parents often drop out of high school, more than 170 varied organizations are supporting a new bill in Congress to improve teen parents' educational success.
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.
Nov. 18, 2010 -- Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium, convened by Education Policy and Leadership Center, features David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center, presenting on Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card, Harrisburg, PA.
Nov. 18, 2010 -- Dr. John Jackson, President Schott Foundation for Public Education, speaking on Developing Effective School Reform, Newark, NJ
By Nov. 30, 2010 -- Indiana trial court judge expected to rule on State's motion to dismiss Hamilton v. Daniels a lawsuit which argues that the State should take funding from low-wealth school districts to fund fast-growing districts.
Dec. 2-4, 2010 -- NAACP 2010 Daisy Bates Education Summit, features David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center, discussing "Understanding how your state funds schools" and "Mobilizing for change in state level school spending," Raleigh, NC.
Dec. 10, 2010 -- Trial court hearing in Robles-Wong v. State of California
2011 -- Early in 2011, ELC plans to host briefings on Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card, one for Capitol Hill staff and another for civil rights and other groups interested in education policy, Washington D.C.
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