Stunning New Report: How Can Our Society Repay A Long Education Debt to Our Poorest Communities?

And here in Michigan too – our legislature and executive branch leadership continues to be complicit in shifting dedicated revenue stream funds from the K-12 School Aid Fund for use elsewhere in the budget including shortfalls in aid to higher education. Long-past time for a class action lawsuit IMHO on behalf of all school students and parents and local school boards.

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How can our society overcome nearly a quarter century of catastrophic public education policy designed by neocons, supply side economists, billionaire privatizers, and the American Legislative Exchange Council?  A new report, released yesterday by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, outlines three steps by which we can recommit ourselves to a public school system prepared to serve and nurture all of America’s children.

  1. Congress must fund fully two federal programs designed to help school districts serving concentrations of children in poverty and children with special needs: Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
  2. Together the federal government, states and local school districts must, by 2025, launch 25,000 sustainable, wraparound Community Schools to ensure that children and families in our poorest communities have access to supports that will enable the children to achieve at school; and
  3. The U.S. Department of Education must recommit itself to its primary…

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