Category Archives: Education

State School Takeovers Steal Democracy, Ignore Poverty

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/state-school-takeovers-steal-democracy-ignore-poverty/ The takeover of the public schools in New Orleans followed a natural catastrophe, the destruction of the city by Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the levies.  The mass charterization of the city’s schools is said by … Continue reading

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Budget Impasse Could Hurt Public Schools—Urge PA Lawmakers to Ensure All Have Access to Quality Public Education

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): When the state fails to meet its obligation to invest in schools, taxpayers – and students – ultimately pay the price. The budget impasse may mean that the state will miss its … Continue reading

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Blaming Teachers Gets Us All Off the Hook

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/blaming-teachers-gets-us-all-off-the-hook/ It is important to read stories like Joe Mozingo’s piece, San Bernardino: Broken City, or listen to the NPR broadcast based on Mozingo’s reporting.  The subject is desperation and family homelessness among the destitute in a faded … Continue reading

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The Civic Importance of Public Education: Valuing What We Take for Granted

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/the-civic-importance-of-public-education-valuing-what-we-take-for-granted/ How can we learn to value what we take for granted? Public schools are institutions we have taken for granted for so long that it’s hard to imagine they could disappear.  In Cleveland’s saddest neighborhoods, I am … Continue reading

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You Get What You Pay For: Taxes and the Public Schools

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/you-get-what-you-pay-for-taxes-and-the-public-schools/ Slashing income taxes will not grow your state’s economy, but it will very likely destroy your public schools.  If your state rolls back income taxes, your public schools will inevitably have fewer guidance counselors, and class sizes … Continue reading

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Residential Concentration of Poverty (and Wealth) and the Impact on Public Schools

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/residential-concentration-of-poverty-and-wealth-and-the-impact-on-public-schools/ Paul Jargoswky, the Rutgers University professor of public policy and director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Urban Education, has just published a new brief on the growing concentration of poverty in many urban neighborhoods … Continue reading

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Tell PA Legislators—Provide Full & Fair Funding to PA Public Schools

From the Campaign for Fair Education Funding (http://fairfundingpa.org/): Polls show overwhelming support for more state money and a new state funding formula for basic education. Please urge our legislators to come together to provide full and fair funding for our … Continue reading

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Speak Up on Behalf of Funding for Kids in Pennsylvania

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org): Pennsylvania has now been without a state budget for five weeks, after Gov. Wolf vetoed a spending plan sent to him by lawmakers in late June. As the sides continue to work toward a … Continue reading

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Reading, Pennsylvania: A Microcosm of Today’s Savage Inequalities

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/reading-pennsylvania-a-microcosm-of-todays-savage-inequalities/ NEA Today has just published a short, eloquent, and very profound article on an old, old subject.  In 1991, Jonathan Kozol called this problem “savage inequalities.” The subject of Amanda Litvinof’s piece in NEA Today is Reading, … Continue reading

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Call PA Legislators and the Governor in Support of Pre-K Programs

From Pre-K for PA (http://www.prekforpa.org/): Your letters to the editor are popping up across the state and now it is more important than ever that Harrisburg hears from you. A Harrisburg Patriot News article on Thursday warned as the budget … Continue reading

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