Friday, October 31, 2014

Corporate Reformers Say Money Doesn’t Matter in Public Schools. The Facts Say Otherwise.

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By Tim Walker One of the most destructive myths propagated by so-called education “reformers” is that fully funding public education is merely throwing away more money. The arguments go something like this: Money can’t solve everything, what we need is better accountability for students and teachers. Larger classes don’t matter if you have first-rate teachers. [...]

What’s Her Number? Zip Codes Tell Us A Lot About Public School Quality

August 22, 2013 by twalker  
Filed under Education Funding, Featured News, Top Stories

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In the old saw about real estate, the three most important factors are location, location, location. The same is true of our nation’s public schools. A location that is desirable usually has good public schools because good schools attract families and businesses, which drive up real estate prices. In turn, high-priced real estate increases property [...]

U.S. Education Spending Tops Other Countries – But Who’s Benefiting?

July 9, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker During the worse years of the economic crisis, United States was one of the few nations who actually decreased its investment in education. Between 2008 and 2010, education spending in the U.S. dropped by 1%, as it increased by an average 5% in other countries, according to the 2013 “Education At a [...]

More School Districts Suing States For Education Funding

February 4, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker In a 1973 landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that education was not a Constitutional right. The case was San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez and was brought by a group of parents who believed the state’s acceptance of huge funding gaps between rich and poor violated the Equal [...]

5 Reasons You Should Care About ‘Sequestration’

November 8, 2012 by twalker  
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By Mary Kusler, government relations director of the National Education Association. Sequestration. What does this word even mean? Starting in January, there will be $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts (sequestration) over 10 years to reduce the deficit. This is on top of $1.5 trillion in cuts that have already happened. Cuts are split equally between [...]

An un-dynamic duo: Romney announces Ryan as VP pick

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By Amanda Litvinov High profile couplings often make one stop and wonder: What do these two see in each other? But there’s little mystery in the case of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his vice presidential pick, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, which was announced earlier today. The two have a lot in common when [...]

No Education Reform Without Tackling Poverty, Experts Say

April 30, 2012 by twalker  
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By Robert McNeely If many so-called education reformers really want to close the student achievement gap, they should direct their fire away from public school educators and take aim at the real issue—poverty. This was the consensus of a panel of policy advocates and academics that convened recently on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to [...]

Report: The Opportunity Gap in Education Is Growing

April 19, 2012 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Students who live in disadvantaged areas should have access to the supports and resources they need to have a decent shot at a quality education. But the reality is much different. According to A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, students of color who [...]

NEA Takes On Corporate Tax Loopholes

April 10, 2012 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker As the deadline approaches for Americans to file their taxes, a significant portion of profitable corporations may not pay a dime. The reason? Corporate tax loopholes. Through a new campaign, the National Education Association is exposing the true cost of corporate tax loopholes…a shrinking middle class and the erosion of critical services, [...]

What Does High-Quality Early Childhood Education Look Like?

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Some children arrive in kindergarten classrooms and they don’t recognize their own names above the coat hook. They struggle to hold a pair of scissors. They’re not sure how to flip the pages of a book. The sad truth is these children, born into poverty and deprived of a high-quality early [...]

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