Tag Archive for school equity

PTA donations worsen school funding inequity–it’s time to redistribute the wealth

I’ve been thinking  a lot about a recent New York Times story, which detailed the parental donation divide in a suburban Los Angeles school district. The district includes two communities with very different fortunes–Malibu (overwhelmingly affluent) and Santa Monica (more mixed income, with nearly a third of students qualifying as low-income). Turns out Malibu was taking in a lot more money than… Read more →

Why is Massachusetts top dog in education? Grit and relentless self reflection

The Seattle Times’ Education Lab just published the second of a two-part series that should be a wake-up call to all the self-congratulatory states and school districts who think they are doing all they can to prepare students for success. The series, artfully authored by reporter Claudia Rowe, opened with two provocative questions: Massachusetts is a lot like us, so… Read more →

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