Sunday, January 17, 2016

Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card - Network For Public Education

Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card - Network For Public Education:

Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card

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The Network for Public Education has exciting news to share.



On February 2, 1:30 p.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., NPE President Diane Ravitch will release a major new report from the Network for Public Education that evaluates how well each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia support their public schools. Each state will be evaluated on six important criteria. Diane will present the key findings of the report and discuss specific policies that will help strengthen our nation’s public schools.
This special event and discussion will interest all policymakers, advocates, and educators committed to improving public schools. That same day we will release the report on this website, along with an interactive map, that shows each state’s grades.  We will also provide separate one page reports for every state.
Stay tuned for this very important event that will support the work of advocates across the nation.
 Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card - Network For Public Education:

Detroit Public Schools: Beyond a State of Emergency | deutsch29

Detroit Public Schools: Beyond a State of Emergency | deutsch29:

Detroit Public Schools: Beyond a State of Emergency



Since 1999, the state has been “taking over” Detroit Public Schools. Since 2009, Detroit’s schools have been subject to a stream of emergency managers who move in for just under 18 months, do not answer to voters, and can basically do what they want without consequence.
The Detroit Public Schools state takeover is a dismal failure, as noted in this February 2015 Metro Times article:
The district’s struggles can be traced to a skein of historic factors, beginning with the city’s long-declining population, a trend that started in the 1950s and continues today.
Another major factor was the approval of 1994’s Proposal A in a statewide referendum that radically changed the way Michigan finances education, shifting from a primary reliance on local property taxes to a “per pupil” foundation grant provided by the state.
The two factors — the continued loss of students and the state funding that comes with them (currently $7,296) — combined with a host of other problems to throw the district into a long downward spiral.
In an attempt to reverse that trend, the state has tried twice in the last two decades to address the crisis — not by addressing the underlying structural issues, but by usurping the elected board’s power.
The most recent Detroit Public Schools emergency manager, Darnell Earley, is Detroit Public Schools: Beyond a State of Emergency | deutsch29:


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