The Answer Sheet: Equity


Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011

5 myths about Gov. Chris Christie’s ed reform in New Jersey

Here are five myths about what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing with public education funding in his state that show the truth behind his his political rhetoric.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Not a Rosa Parks moment

An Ohio mother of two sent to jail for nine days because she falsified documents so that her children could attend a better school is being the modern equivalent of Rosa Parks. She isn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2010

The limits of Moco schools' economic integration study

There are big limits to the study released today showing that several hundred low-income students who went to school in low-poverty schools in Montgomery County did better on standardized math tests than kids who went to high-poverty schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Study shows deep disparities in funding for schools

A new study starkly shows deep disparities in the way school districts across the country are funded, a reality that raises big questions about how effective “reforms” that don’t deal with the issue of equity can really be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:21 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 09/21/2010

World Bank invests more in education; big gap remains

The World Bank announced that it will make $750 million in additional investment through 2015 to achieve universal primary education. The additional funding of $150 million per year over the next five years represents less than 1/100 of the total global need.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:56 AM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/06/2010

Shark Week in the education world

It’s grisly, scary, and distorted. So is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, but I’m referring to the education policy debate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:03 AM ET, 08/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/03/2010

Report: When/why progress in closing achievement gap stalled

Progress seen over several decades in narrowing the educational achievement gap between black and white students has remained stalled for 20 years, according to a new study that looks at the reasons why and says that reaching equality could take 50 to 100 years, according to a new report.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 07/27/2010

Duncan being too 'modest'

Education Secretary Arne Duncan was being too modest when he said today in a speech at the National Press Club that the Obama administration is playing a “modest role” in sparking a “quiet” revolution in education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 07/22/2010

Wake County diversity battle

“Idea intrigues Wake school board factions.” That’s the headline in a story in North Carolina’s News & Observer today. I know what some of you are thinking about school boards. Stop it. What's the idea?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 07/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 05/28/2010

1 in 6 U.S. students in high-poverty schools

A government analysis of U.S. schools shows that one in six public school students attend high poverty schools and that the percentage of high-poverty schools has significantly increased over the past decade. There's a lot more data too.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:07 PM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/20/2010

California sued over education funding crisis

Desperate educators in California are suing the state over a school funding system that has left many districts unable to provide all students with an equal opportunity to meet the state’s academic goals.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 PM ET, 04/19/2010

Did DOE get memo on school desegregation?

Century Foundation scholar Richard Kahlenberg asks why the U.S. Education Department is not forcefully addressing the profound challenge to equal opportunity today – the de facto economic and racial segregation of America’s suburban and city schools

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:35 PM ET, 04/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)