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January 16, 2014

Education Funding Gaps Linger in N.C., While a Pa. Funding Formula May Begin

Wealth-based spending gaps in North Carolina have grown over the past decade, while a new school finance formula in Pennsylvania may be in the works.

January 09, 2014

Simulation Program Aims to Deepen Teachers' Understanding of Poverty

An elementary school in Wichita, Kan., recently took a unique approach to sensitizing teachers to the needs of disadvantaged students, reports The Wichita Eagle. According to the January 5th article, teachers and staff members at Allen Elementary School participated in a role-playing simulation intended to elucidate the unseen challenges of poverty.

December 18, 2013

2013 in Review Part 1: Charter Schools: Public, Private, or Parasitic?

While I recognize that good-hearted people have been attempting to use charter schools as an avenue to help students not served well by traditional schools, the situation faced by public schools has become dire.

December 11, 2013

Noguera: Educators Must be 'Guardians of Equity'

At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."

December 06, 2013

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Equity in education has long been an ideal. It's an ideal celebrated in a variety of contexts, too. Even the Founding Fathers celebrated education as an ideal, something to which every citizen ought to be entitled. Unfortunately though, the practice of equity in education has been less than effective. That is, equity is a difficult ideal to maintain and many strategies attempting to maintain it have fallen far short in the implementation.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

November 15, 2013

Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons

If you were to think of the key things that you would want to do to support learning at high poverty schools, what would be on your list?

November 12, 2013

How Is California's Dramatic Overhaul of K-12 Spending Working Out?

California state board members have asked for revisions to draft regulations governing the state's new K-12 funding plan following criticism from several groups.

November 12, 2013

John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy?

The idea that financial incentives can improve teacher quality in an age of high-stakes testing is dead on arrival unless top teachers can produce gains in the tough schools that are comparable to gains in lower-poverty schools.

November 12, 2013

Deciding to Say No

Deciding to participate in any incubator or accelerator program is a tough decision with many factors. Autism Expressed had to make a difficult choice.

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