17 percent of all African-American students received out-of-school suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year compared to 7 percent of Latino students and just 5 percent of White students. Even more shocking, 25 percent of African-American students with disabilities were suspended the same year.
The current "Highly Qualified Teacher" (HQT) amendment to the federal Appropriations Bill allows teachers-in-training to be designated as "highly qualified." Problem is, as soon as you start calling everybody highly qualified, you lose the ability to tell which students are actually being served by quality, experienced teachers and which students are being systematically denied access to the most important, in-classroom resources they need.
Much of the literature on education and prison -- and "the school to prison pipeline" -- assumes a negative correlation between educational achievement and incarceration: the more highly educated a person, the less chance that he (it is usually he) will be incarcerated.
This belief is supported by data for male White, non-Latinos:
Far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to provide every child with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. The Second Edition of Education Law Center's Is School Funding Fair?
The Second Edition of the National Report Card on public school funding, Is School Funding Fair?, shows that far too many states continue to deny public schools the essential resources they need to meet the needs of the nation's 53 million students and to boost academic achievement. The National Report Card rates the 50 states on the basis of four "fairness indicators" - funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage. The Report provides the most in-depth analysis to date of state education finance systems and school funding fairness across the nation. How does your state measure up?
In the Sunday Dialogue section in the New York Times, Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, argues for a more just method for funding our nation's schools.
We hear a lot about about the difficulties and disadvantages poor students and students of color face with regard to gaining access to the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. But rarely do we hear such poignant stories about facing these difficulties from students themselves. Andrea Lopez, a confident, studious 17-year-old high school student in California, sat down in an SAT prep class only to realize how underprepared she felt with the material compared to the wealthier, White students in the class.
For almost 10 years, members of the CA-based Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) have held an annual rally in Sacramento to on behalf of high-quality education for all students regardless of family income or ethnicity. Over 200 students, parents and community organizers attended CQE's Education "Day of Action" this year in early May.
School districts across the country are struggling to make ends meet as a result of massive education budget cuts and tax caps. In California, a record number of school districts won't be able to pay their bills this school year. A biannual report on the financial health of CA schools from the state's Department of Education, 2.6 million children are enrolled in financially troubled districts.