September 2009
In This Issue
When asked to provide an example of a successful school turnaround model that could be replicated elsewhere in the country, Linda Darling-Hammond cited the systemic changes made in P-12 education throughout the state of New Jersey as a result of the Abbott litigation. This is the first in a series of articles in which we will explore the lessons that can be learned from changes implemented in response to lawsuits challenging education finance systems.
On the same day that President Obama asked public school students to commit to their studies, educators and civil rights leaders launched a national grassroots campaign to change the focus of public education reform - from testing to learning. The “Rethink Learning Now” campaign is inviting you to share your learning experiences and tell us what made those experiences so powerful.
As Education Secretary Arne Duncan focuses on rapidly increasing the prevalence of charter schools, researchers in North Carolina have found evidence that charters and other “choice” policies may increase racial and class-based segregation and reduce achievement among black students.
If it doesn't require states to provide adequate and equitable school funding, the federal government's so-called “Race to the Top” Fund will not achieve its objectives of improving high needs districts and schools nor increasing achievement of the nation's low-income students, say ELC, CFE, AQE, and GSFA.
The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the state's school funding formula in a September 1, 2009 decision, finding that the state constitution guarantees neither adequate nor equitable education funding. In the words of Tyler Laney, a leader in the group of rural districts named in the suit, “the court has just ruled it is fair to be unfair to a Missouri public school kid.”
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.
October 15, 2009
Trial is scheduled to conclude in McCleary v. State of Washington. See trial updates.
October 20, 2009
“Education and School Funding Reform in Ohio and Across the Nation,” Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools with guest speaker Molly Hunter, Logan, OH.
November 5-7, 2009
“Building a National Movement to Close the Opportunity Gap,” 2nd Annual National Opportunity to Learn Summit, Arlington, VA
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