9/14/2017 – Betsy DeVos’s Back To School Message At Odds With What Parents Want

THIS WEEK: What Parents Want … DeVos Drops Student Protections … DACA Students … Charters’ Costs… U.S. Teachers Shorted


Betsy DeVos’s Back To School Message At Odds With What Parents Want

By Jeff Bryant

“Betsy DeVos is traveling cross-country in a bus to spread a very different message completely at odds with the hope, anticipation, and resolve parents and their communities feel about public education. Just how far at odds DeVos’s views about public education are with the average American parent’s views became apparent in a new survey released during her bus tour.”
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Parents Prefer Good Neighborhood Schools Over More Choice, Poll Finds

Education Week

“Most parents like their public school and want to support teachers, whom they trust more than anyone else to make choices for education … Over 70% of parents said they would prefer a good quality neighborhood public school for their children over the ability to have more choice of what schools they can send their children to. Separated by race, 76% of white parents wanted good neighborhood schools – compared to just 60 percent of African-American parents and 66 percent of Hispanic parents … Most parents also disapprove of reducing spending on traditional public schools and using the funds to increase spending on charter schools.”
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DeVos’s Plans For Title IX Will Impact K-12 Schools, Too

The Progressive

“Betsy DeVos recently caused a firestorm, including some praise, for pledging to walk back Obama-era policies regarding campus sexual assault … What has received less attention is the importance of Title IX for K-12 students … 137 K-12 school districts across the country are currently under investigation by the federal Office of Civil Rights for Title IX ‘sexual-violence complaints.’ In comparison, 246 higher education sites are now being investigated for similar complaints … In an atmosphere of stepping back from a more robust enforcement plan … ‘K-12 schools are going to fall even further behind in terms of Title IX compliance.'”
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Counting DACA Students

The Hechinger Report

“The Migration Policy Institute … estimates that 365,000 high school students across the United States were eligible for DACA status, and that another 241,000 of DACA-eligible students were enrolled in college. Together, that’s roughly half, or 51 percent, of the DACA-eligible population of nearly 1.2 million … A much larger number of DACA-eligible people, over 130,000, had completed some college, but were no longer enrolled. Some of those, roughly 25,000 young adults, had earned two-year associate’s degrees.”
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Study Highlights Long-Term Costs Of Charter School Expansion

The Inquirer

“School districts may be able to reduce some expenses when more of their students enroll in charters, but they still face significant financial costs long after those students have gone … Those continuing expenses include pension costs and making required payments to bondholders for facilities … ‘Increasing charter school choices to a community does not occur without a significant fiscal impact’ … Districts with growing charter enrollments need more money to maintain the same level of services to their remaining students … While the fiscal impact varied, districts were not able to cut expenses to break even.”
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Teachers’ Pay Lags Furthest Behind Other Professionals In U.S., Study Finds

Education Week

“Young college graduates have a lot less incentive to become K-12 teachers in the United States than in other countries … from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation … American educators … trail those with similar education levels in other professions more than teachers in any other OECD country … U.S. teachers make less than 60 cents on every dollar made by others with their education level, the biggest gap of any OECD country … U.S. teachers work longer hours than their international counterparts. In America … a 7th grade teacher puts in 1,366 hours at school each year, including more than 980 hours of teaching … nearly 270 more hours of teaching than the international average. Teachers working with historically disadvantaged students face an even bigger gap.”
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Editorial Note: EON is taking a week off and will return on September 28

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