July 12, 2019

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Vox Interviews Edgar Villanueva on the Racial Philanthropy Gap

In a recent interview at Vox, Schott Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva described how the racial wealth gap has translated to a similar gap in philanthropic giving: a bias in how that wealth is dispersed, which keeps control away from people of color, and minimizes donations to groups run by people of color for the benefit of communities of color.
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Why Does Participation in the Federal Summer Meals Program Keep Dropping?

In the 2017-2018 school year, about 200,000 more students qualified for free summer lunches compared with the year prior. One would expect such an increase to correspond with a proportional rise in participation, right? Wrong. According to a new report the opposite happened.
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Preschool for Children with Disabilities Works, but Funding is Plummeting

The Federal government’s overall appropriation of funds for special education preschool programs has varied by year, but generally decreased between 2002 and 2015, from $390 million to $353 million, before getting a slight bump to about $368 million in 2016 and 2017. At the same time, the number of children served by the programs more than doubled from the early 1990s to 2017.
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DeVos Continues to Block Remedies for Racial Disparities in Special Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s various attempts to stall the implementation of federal regulations created by the Obama administration to address racial disparities in special education has blown up into a civil rights issue that continues to dog Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and team.

For well over a year, DeVos has been blocking the implementation of the law designed to help disabled minority students despite repeated efforts by supporters to force compliance.
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Inside the Charter School Empire Prosecutors Say Scammed California for $80M

The indictment against the leaders of A3 Education lays out a complex organizational structure with two top leaders and several lieutenants who led the charge to enroll thousands of summer school students, who did not actually take classes. Several superintendents, knowingly or not, helped fuel the network’s growth. For every student, taxpayer money directly from the state of California rolled in like a magical floodgate had opened.
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