Category Archives: Education

Ravitch: Let’s Try “No Child Left Out”

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/ravitch-lets-try-no-child-left-out/ Recently I found myself at a meeting where the discussion starter was the first half hour of a wonderful video that was made here in Ohio about twenty years ago: Children in America’s Schools with Bill Moyers.  … Continue reading

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Absenteeism: Another Way to Measure School Poverty

The Hechinger Report “A new report out of New York City suggests that policy makers should identify troubled schools by their absenteeism rates – a relatively easy data point to obtain – and then work to fix the schools by … Continue reading

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Running a School On $160

The Philadelphia Inquirer “The number couldn’t possibly be right, Marc Gosselin thought: $160. That was the total discretionary budget he was handed as the brand-new principal of Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary … Gosselin zeroed in on students’ reading levels – … Continue reading

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States Are Prioritizing Prisons over Education, Budgets Show

The Huffington Post “If state budget trends reflect the country’s policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children … The growth of state spending on prisons in recent years has far outpaced the growth of spending on education. … Continue reading

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Jonathan Kozol: A Prophet Calling Us All to Account (Education)

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/jonathan-kozol-a-prophet-calling-us-all-to-account/ It was fitting that a huge crowd packed into the pews of Herrick Chapel at Grinnell College last Friday night to hear Jonathan Kozol, for while the 78-year-old Kozol is a quiet prophet with a Boston accent … Continue reading

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State Sued Over School Funding

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/november/state-sued-over-school-funding Nov 11, 2014 11:47 am | Ellen Lyon Six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania NAACP and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools filed suit on Nov. 10 against state officials, alleging they are using … Continue reading

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Structural Racism: A Bleak Educational Future for Poor Children in America’s Metropolitan Areas

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/structural-racism-a-bleak-educational-future-for-poor-children-in-americas-metropolitan-areas/ In one of the essays in Twenty-First Century Color Lines (2009), Andrew Grant-Thomas and john a. powell, of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, confront the idea that … Continue reading

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Advocates and National Organizations Are Questioning Test-and-Punish School Accountability

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/advocates-and-national-organizations-are-questioning-test-and-punish-school-accountability/ Suddenly for the first time in years, there is considerable talk about reforming federal policy in education.  Yesterday this blog reviewed the way federal education policy has become stuck and discussed an academic paper that seems to … Continue reading

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Defining School Accountability: Test-and-Punish or Support-and-Improve?

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/defining-school-accountability-test-and-punish-or-support-and-improve/ Suddenly for the first time in years, there is considerable talk about reforming federal policy in education.  Today this blog will review the way federal education policy has become stuck and an academic paper that seems to … Continue reading

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Major Civil Rights Organizations Come Together to Demand Closing of Public School Opportunity Gaps

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/major-civil-rights-organizations-come-together-to-demand-closing-of-public-school-opportunity-gaps/ Eleven of our nation’s most prominent national civil rights organizations released a strong statement on Tuesday to support new investments in the public schools, the institution these groups call “the backbone of our democracy.”  The statement is … Continue reading

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