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National School Choice Week: Great Public Schools For All Students

Every January, families, educators and communities from all 50 states join together to celebrate National School Choice Week. Here at Students Matter, we believe in public school choice policies that give all students — regardless of zip code — the opportunity to attend great public schools and enable great public […continue]

ConnCAN Launches Schools R4 Kids Campaign to Address CT Education Equity Issues

On Wednesday, education advocacy group Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) launched a new statewide campaign, Schools R4 Kids, that urges the Connecticut General Assembly “to take immediate action to address the education equity issues outlined in Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s recent CCJEF v. Rell decision.” As Jennifer Alexander, chief executive officer of New Haven-based ConnCAN […continue]

Students Matter Adds Two New Members to Advisory Board

Today, Students Matter is proud to welcome two new members to our advisory board: Sandi Jacobs, a Principal at Education Counsel, and James S. Liebman, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the director of the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership. Both Jacobs and Liebman have extensive and […continue]

Teacher Tenure Laws Should Be Addressed by Legislature, CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Says

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bob Egelko reported on California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s remarks on California’s current teacher tenure laws, noting that the issues with the law should be addressed by lawmakers. In a 4-3 decision last August, the California Supreme Court denied review of Vergara v. California, a case that challenged the state’s […continue]

California Education Ranks Below National Average

On Thursday, Bay Area News Group reporter Sharon Noguchi published a piece in The Mercury News that takes a look at California’s dismal education ranking in Education Week’s 2017 Quality Counts report card — 10th from the bottom among the 50 states and Washington, DC. The assessment examined states’ performance […continue]

Connecticut Anti-Opportunity Laws Limit School Choice

On Wednesday, The CT Mirror’s Jacqueline Rabe Thomas examined the odds stacked against Hartford families as they attempt to win a seat in the region’s school choice lottery. According to information provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education, “Slightly more than 20,000 children sought a seat in a regional magnet […continue]

Bill of Rights for Children Introduced in CA Legislature

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times’ Jazmine Ulloa reported on the introduction of legislation to create a Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California in the California Legislature. The bill, introduced by Senator Richard Pan and sponsored by Common Sense Kids Action, aims to expand and formalize the rights […continue]

Connecticut’s School System Plagued by Education Inequities

On Wednesday, The CT Mirror’s Jacqueline Rabe Thomas kicked off the first of a seven-part series examining Connecticut’s troubled school system, focusing on education inequities for students from low-income families compared to their peers across the state. The state’s growing achievement gaps were at the center of the five-month CCJEF […continue]

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final ESSA Accountability Rules

On Monday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that backed away from earlier drafts that instructed states to create school accountability systems with a single summative rating for each school — among other rules meant to […continue]

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