BOULDER, CO (March 21, 2016) – What will it take to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn and to thrive, regardless of their background or which school they attend? The opportunity gaps faced by children arise in their schools and in larger structural inequalities like housing, poverty, parental unemployment, and disinvestment of public resources.
These structural problems weigh down students and their schools in ways that do not burden more affluent communities. So what should we as a society do about this added weight?
There are two possible solutions.
Source: Lifting All Children Up | National Education Policy Center
|KS: The Legislature’s Coup
The official Kansas Road To Nowhere
Posted by Peter Greene: 20 Mar 2016 12:53 PM PDT
What do you do when your state supreme court rules that you must spend more money on your public education system?
Several states have faced this challenge, and most of them have gone with something simple, like “Just ignore the ruling” (looking at you, Washington state). But Kansas has decided to take a more direct approach.
The funding problem has been brewing for a while, with the Gannon vs. State case dragging on since 2010. In 2014 the court ruled that the state had to fix
the inequity of its funding for schools, and the state used a block grant to paper things over for a bit, but now the court has ruled again
, giving the legislature till June 30 to get their act together.
Kansas has been a mess for a while now. Governor Brownback and a GOP legislature has tried to turn Kansas into a free market laboratory,
with “business friendly” tax cuts that have put the state’s finances in free fall. The attempt to implement a full-on super-GOP model is leaving the state broke. Tax cuts for the wealthy
didn’t trickle down, and the state is now in a mess (while Brownback runs the standard playbook of throwing attention to social issues, as if gay marriage is somehow responsible for Kansas poverty). It is no wonder that education is underfunded in the state using a formula that the state supreme court says is unconstitutional.
And that’s not all. Kansas has voted to allow unlicensed persons to teach in the classroom. They voted to strip teachers of all job protections
in a bizarre fracas that featured the Koch Brothers coming to Topeka to extort votes out of moderate GOP members (Nice re-election prospects you have there. Shame if anything happened to them). They have suggested that teacher evaluation could be handled by the school janitor. And they have been watching a steady exodus of teachersfrom the state. All that on top of the purposeful and deliberate underfunding of education, which is where the state supreme court shows up to tell them they are violating the state’s own constitution.
So back to the problem–follow the link below…
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