High Quality Early Education

How Does Your State Fare in Child Health, Poverty and Education?

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at key indicators of child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The report provides a crucial analysis of the factors affecting children outside the classroom, and what our country should do to close the opportunity gap and help all children succeed.

Ensuring every child has a quality opportunity to learn in the classroom extends beyond the school walls. Equally important are students' access to healthcare, economic stability, and safe and strong communities. That's why KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E.

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2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
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Annie E. Casey Foundation
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reports
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early-care-education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

In MA, More Support Needed for Early Education

By Jane E. Tewksbury and John Jackson

No state—especially one that is considered to be a national leader—should accept the status quo where race, ethnicity or gender can predict a student's chances for success. Massachusetts needs to focus on early education, eliminating education inequities, and investing in public universities.

Jane E. Tewksbury is Executive Director of Thrive in 5, a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and United Way.  Dr. John H. Jackson is President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education

To secure our first in the nation position as a leader in education for generations to come, Massachusetts must make targeted investments now to support our youngest learners.

NY State's Not-So-Stellar Education Policy Report Card

A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.

A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.

Are We There Yet? College and Career Readiness Report Card

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-02
Type: 
reports

This report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar. The report card finds that the state is moving in the right direction only in expanding access to pre-K and creating community schools. Otherwise, New York's policymakers are failing to ensure equity for all students in areas like expanded learning time, providing challenging and engaging curriculum, school climate, and school funding. Providing these resources and opportunities are the standards by which every state and and policymaker should be held accountable.

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MA OTL Allies: What's Next for Massachusetts?

June marked the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Education Reform Act in Massachusetts. Because the Bay State is often regarded as a leader in national education policy, it's worth considering: How has Massachusetts fared in helping students succeed, and where is there room for improvement?

Twenty Years After Ed Reform, What's Next for MA?
New research from Citizens for Public Schools on how Massachusetts
and the nation can ensure equity and excellence for all students

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

Sign on and add your voice!

20 Years After Ed Reform, MA Still Has a Ways To Go

20 years after Massachusetts passed the Education Reform Act of 1993, Citizens for Public Schools, an OTL ally, took a long hard look at the results of that law to find the state still has a ways to go toward ensuring equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts students.

It's been 20 years since Massachusetts (often regarded as a leader in education policy) passed the Education Reform Act of 1993.

Twenty Years After Education Reform: Choosing a Path Forward to Equity and Excellence For All

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-06-11
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

20 years after Massachusetts (often lauded as a leader in education policy) passed the Education Reform Act of 1993, Citizens for Public Schools, an OTL ally, took a long hard look at the results of that law to find the state still has a ways to go toward ensure equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts students. [Executive summary available below. Download the full report here.]

A Special Message to Grown Ups. Love, Kids

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-06-04

How do you explain the opportunity gap to someone who isn't familiar with the education debate? Just show them this new video from the OTL Campaign! "A Special Message to Grown Ups, Love Kids" is a video introduction to the OTL Campaign that we developed with the help of the phenomenal video production studio SoulPancake. The video provides a simple explanation of why all kids deserve the same resources and opportunities to learn.

How do you explain the opportunity gap to someone who isn't familiar with the education debate? Just show them this new video from the OTL Campaign!  "A Special Message to Grown Ups, Love Kids" is a video introduction to the OTL Campaign that we developed with the help of the phenomenal video production studio SoulPancake. The video provides a simple explanation of why all kids deserve the same resources and opportunities to learn.

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