Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has released a long-anticipated draft of the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Although the bill addresses several issues championed by The Education Trust, including college- and career-ready standards, funding fairness, and equitable access to the strongest teachers, its slack accountability provisions compelled Ed Trust, along with five other civil rights organizations, to send a letter to Sens. Harkin and Michael Enzi (R-Wyoming) expressing our deep disappointment.
College aspirations could be realized for far more undocumented students in the Golden State, after the recent signing of the California Dream Act. The new law will allow them to qualify for the state’s Cal Grant, as well as institutional aid from California’s public universities and fee waivers from the state’s system of community colleges.
The Ed Trust and five other civil rights organizations have expressed to Sens. Tom Harkin and Michael Enzi our deep disappointment in the accountability provisions of their ESEA reauthorization proposal. While a number of the provisions in the overall proposal could help to promote better outcomes for students, those assets are undercut by the proposal’s slack accountability provisions. Click here to read the letter.
Poverty need not bar youth from the opportunities that college affords. But K-12 educators must use the right strategies to get their students prepared. That’s the message conveyed by a recent study of high schools that either won a College Board Inspiration Award or drew an honorable mention for the annual prize, which honors high-poverty high schools that have improved markedly on measures of college readiness.
Districts nationwide vie for the Broad Prize and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools walked away with the honor this year, reflecting the efforts of former Superintendent Peter Gorman, who headed the North Carolina district for some five years ending in June. Gorman will talk about his trailblazing work there as a plenary speaker at this year’s National Conference, set for Nov. 3-5 in Arlington, Va. He will join another achievement-lifting education leader, former Richmond, Va. Superintendent Deborah Jewell-Sherman, in a discussion of the steps that propel student success district-wide.
The Education Trust released a brochure today detailing the types of information parents and communities can and should be able to get on how public dollars are spent on education. Current law requires states to produce school-level report cards, but “Parents Want to Know” argues that parents and communities need more information. Data about student achievement, schools, teachers, and other factors could be made available if a public reporting requirement were included in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out its spending bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and related agencies in fiscal year 2012. The new bill reflects current budget constraints, weighing in at $300 million less than last year’s bill. And though it eliminates 15 programs across the three departments, one notable high point is that the bill continues federal investments in key education programs benefiting low-income students, including Pell Grants, Title I, Head Start and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.
A new study on the recruitment and retention of teachers of color over the past two decades finds both promising and troubling news. In hopeful developments, these teachers are entering the profession in increasing numbers and many are opting to work in schools with high concentrations of students of color and low-income students.
A total of 44 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, signaling their commitment to aiming student achievement at college- and career-readiness. But a new Center on Education Policy report suggests that many states may be dragging their feet in preparation for the implementation of these new standards.