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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]

Students View Teachers of Color More Positively

Today, NPR Education blogger Anya Kamenetz reported on the findings from the Measure of Effective Teaching study that found that students of all races — white, black, Latino and Asian — have more favorable perceptions of their teachers of color than they do their white teachers. Co-authors of the report, sociologist […continue]

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Education Bills

Yesterday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that among the 60 bills Governor Jerry Brown approved on Wednesday, zero education bills were signed. Fensterwald highlighted four of the six K-12 education-related bills vetoed that day, citing the proposed additional costs as precarious during “a time of financial uncertainty.” Brown’s veto message addressing […continue]

Doe v. Antioch: The Court Got It Wrong

On Monday, the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County issued a flawed decision in Doe v. Antioch in favor of the school district defendants and against the petitioners — a group of California teachers, parents and concerned citizens seeking to compel 13 school districts to comply with the state’s […continue]

Marriage Equality Paves the Way for Right to a Quality Public Education

This week, ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser explored a connection between marriage equality and quality public education in an in-depth look at the constitutional theory behind the groundbreaking new federal education equality lawsuit Martinez v. Malloy. He interviewed Joshua S. Lipshutz, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Martinez, a case filed in federal district court challenging state anti-opportunity […continue]

A Constitutional Right to Education

This week, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. and Joshua S. Lipshutz, two lead members of the legal team behind Vergara v. California and the new federal education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy, in which the attorneys make the case for a constitutional right to education and federal […continue]

The Fight for Quality Public Schools

Following last week’s filing of Martinez v. Malloy by a group of students and parents in Connecticut, the groundbreaking new federal education equality lawsuit has earned continued local and national media coverage. The case challenges the constitutionality of anti-opportunity laws in Connecticut that restrict the availability of quality public schools options, such as […continue]

New Federal Education Lawsuit: Quality Public Schools for All

A group of Connecticut students and their parents, with Students Matter’s support, have filed a new education equality lawsuit, Martinez v. Malloy, in federal court. This new groundbreaking case challenges a set of state laws and policies that actively prevent students from accessing even minimally acceptable public school options. Despite the […continue]

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