EON #6 – Mar 13-19, 2013


Where Are Progressives In The Fight To Save Public Schools?

By Jeff Bryant

“People calling themselves ‘progressives’ have tended to unite with conservative Republicans when it came to education – even while they chose to fight tooth-and-nail on other issues. But the Washington Consensus on education was illusionary – and actually a capitulation from Democrats. … And now that the real intentions of the reform agenda are starting to play out on the ground, there are signs that progressives are making the fight for public schools another front in a broader grassroots struggle.” Read more…

Waiting For Recovery: U.S. Public Schools Continue To Lose Jobs


“As the latest data shows momentum gathering in U.S. private-sector employment and overall unemployment dropping to a four-year low of 7.7 percent, government jobs – education positions in particular – are still disappearing … about 361,000 jobs in the sector have been eliminated … with 4,500 local government education jobs shed in the first two months … State spending on education dipped to 19.8 percent of total outlays in fiscal 2012, the first time it has accounted for less than 20 percent, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.” Read more…

School Maintenance Report Shows Need For $542 Billion To Update, Modernize Buildings

The Huffington Post

A report from The Center for Green Schools finds, “America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date … Horror stories abound about schools with roofs that leak, plumbing that backs up and windows that do little to stop winds … The problems often start at the local and state levels [and] large disparities between schools in areas of high poverty and those in more affluent areas.” Read more…

Influx Of School Police Raises Worries

Education Week

“The rarity of deadly school incidents must be weighed against the likelihood that an influx of officers will raise the stakes on school discipline and funnel students into the juvenile-justice system for matters administrators should handle in-house … The charge to make the police presence at schools universal worries even groups that support the addition of officers … Over time, civil rights groups say, some school police officers have grown far too involved with discipline matters, often with bad consequences for students. … While federal data show the rate of juvenile arrests has declined nationwide, such arrests are on the rise in pockets.” Read more…

New York Parents Furious At Program, inBloom, That Compiles Private Student Information For Companies

New York Daily News

In New York, “education officials will hand over personal student data to a new private company to create a national database for businesses that contract with public schools … Parents are furious that New York is joining eight other states in adopting the model without giving families a chance to opt out of sharing delicate information … InBloom, a 3-month-old database, is funded primarily by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. built the infrastructure for the new electronic portal. The state spent $50 million in federal grants to partner with inBloom and finalized its agreement in October to share data with the fledgling company.” Read more…

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor

The New York Times

“Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges … The pattern contributes to widening economic inequality and low levels of mobility in this country … The colleges that most low-income students attend have fewer resources and lower graduation rates than selective colleges, and many students who attend a local college do not graduate. Those who do graduate can miss out on the career opportunities that top colleges offer.” Read more…

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