October 2010 Issue:
"Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," released earlier this month, is making news around the country and drawing attention to the fact that many states do not fairly allocate education funding to address the needs of their most disadvantaged students, and the schools serving high numbers of these students.
Millions of children in the U.S. live in poverty -- one in five! -- and according to the U.S. Census, the numbers are growing. Poverty for African American children is rising at an astonishing rate and sits at 36%, more than one out of every three! Among developed nations, the U.S. has by far the highest poverty rates and highest income disparities.
Last month EdJustice looked at research about charter school student achievement. This month we highlight other recent charter school research, all published in 2010, regarding segregation, funding, and teacher satisfaction and turnover.
For high schools with similar students, on-time graduation rates vary between zero and 83.3%! It's a story from over 300 New York City high schools, but many large districts and states across the country likely have similar results. In a second finding, high schools in the city differ radically in whether they enroll many or few students who are "at-risk" of not graduating.
See School Finance 101 for the best blog on school funding. Recommended by Diane Ravitch and others, Bruce Baker's blog explains that "money matters," in plain English.
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. 8, 2010 -- HBCU- ETS Collaboration Conference, University of Maryland -- Eastern Shore, on topic of Fair School Funding: An Essential Precondition for Quality Teaching, Keynote Speaker David Sciarra. HBCU means Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Nov. 10-12, 2010 -- Education Equity, a meeting of civil rights leaders, Princeton, NJ (by invitation only)
Nov. 13, 2010 -- "Climbing the Academic Achievement Ladder: Promoting the Success of Black Males," Princeton, NJ
Nov. 18, 2010 -- Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium, Harrisburg, PA, hosted by Education Policy and Leadership Center, David Sciarra will present Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card
Dec. 10, 2010 -- Trial court hearing in Robles-Wong v. State of California
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