Equity Tag

The Importance of School-Level Spending Data

“Thousands of administrators across the country have spent countless hours this summer attempting to rejigger their school finance software to determine how much money they spend on each individual school—a new reporting requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” writes Daarel Burnette II in Education...

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Feds Deploy Stats Agency to Improve Civil Rights Information

“Federal civil rights data on schools can be messy, incomplete, and at times difficult to believe. But the data are also critical to understanding how different groups of students experience and achieve in school,” writes Sarah D. Sparks. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy...

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ESSA Can Help Those Who Need More Get More

“Students who need more should get more,” writes Ramin Taheri, Director of Advocacy and Policy for Chiefs for Change. The most direct way to make this happen is through student-based budgeting—and ESSA could help. The federal law “includes a provision allowing flexibility for local education...

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State Identification Systems and Improving Equity

As a result of the switch from NCLB to ESSA, “state leaders are attempting to create an identification system within their states that meet the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements, but that also balances their resources and values,” writes Nikole Gregg. “Their task has become...

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Alabama Releases School-Level Spending Data

Thanks to ESSA’s financial transparency requirements, the public in Alabama is getting a closer look at how much schools are spending to educate the state’s children. These numbers, writes Trisha Powell Crain for AL.com, are “all over the map, varying widely between districts and between...

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Fairness in School Spending

Jane Porath, an 8th grade mathematics teacher at Traverse City East Middle School in Michigan and a Educators for High Standards Teacher Champion, takes on the complex issue of fairness versus equity in education funding.. The Every Students Succeeds Act requires states to track and...

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Indiana Falling Short When It Comes to Foster Students?

According to The 74, this spring, when Indiana released a “bleak report” regarding educational outcomes for students in foster care, it “broke new ground in making public the state’s troubling statistics.” And the “same Indiana law that called for the first-ever release of the distressing...

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The Long Journey of “Whole Child Education”

“What does a ‘whole child education’ mean to educators?” ask David Griffith and Sean Slade of ASCD in EdSurge. “To some it references providing nutritious food or breakfast in the classroom. To others it focuses on mental health and developmental social and emotional learning skills.”...

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