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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]

Martinez v. Malloy: The Fight for Quality Public Schools Continues

Last week, Connecticut state officials filed a motion asking a federal judge to dismiss the education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy. The case, filed by a group of Connecticut students and their parents with Students Matter’s support, challenges the state’s moratorium on magnet schools, cap on charter schools and penalties […continue]

Connecticut Needs An Equitable Education Funding Model

Yesterday, New Haven Register’s Brian Zahn reported that nine faith leaders joined education advocacy organization Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) in calling upon the state’s General Assembly to take immediate action in creating an equitable education funding model according to the Superior Court’s ruling in CCJEF v. Rell. The […continue]

A Failing Grade for CA’s New School Accountability System

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board weighed in on the California State Board of Education’s decision to move forward with a color-coded system for judging public-school performance and progress, calling it “overly-complicated” and “confusing.” The Editorial Board highlights parents’ need for transparency and accountability to easily compare public […continue]

New Lawsuit Challenges “Last In, First Out” Teacher Layoff Statutes

On Tuesday, a group of Newark families, supported by the nonprofit organization Partnership for Educational Justice, filed HG v. Harrington, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) quality-blind teacher layoff statutes. The lawsuit asserts that New Jersey’s LIFO law violates students’ constitutional right to […continue]

Will California Ensure Teacher Equity Under ESSA?

On Wednesday, SI&A Cabinet Report’s Tom Chorneau reported that the California Department of Education released portions of its draft State Plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in advance of next week’s California State Board of Education meeting. Among the components made public are details for Title […continue]

Secretary King: Remove “Arbitrary Caps” on Charter Public Schools

Yesterday, USA Today’s national education reporter Greg Toppo reported on U.S. Education Secretary John King’s remarks at the National Press Club, in which he criticized “arbitrary caps” on the growth of high-quality charter public schools. Secretary King’s stance directly aligns with the goals of the federal education equity lawsuit Martinez […continue]

Improving the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs

This Wednesday, Education Dive’s editor Autumn Arnett reported on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of finalized regulations for teacher preparation programs. The new regulations are designed to improve the quality — and increase the accountability — of teacher preparation programs nationwide. The new rules focus on quality training outcomes and […continue]

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