News, Research, Events  
The latest news pertaining to the world of public education! 
(Also refer to: Questions for Politicians and School Officials)
Students plan to walk out of schools to protest gun laws, 
to learn more click here.

To read the blog: School Massacres, Gun Control & Politicians
click here

To learn more about waived college application fees, click here.
For waived SAT fees, click here

To learn why 47% of students are not prepared for college, click here

What does it take to secure our U.S. Democracy? 
Click here to learn more.  

For Trump's State of the Union address
and Joe Kennedy's response to it, click here .

For highlights of the DC Women's March,
click here .

News about  the "Direct Student Services Program of Title One"
Click here to learn more. . . and read CEP's " Direct Student Services: A Special Report, scroll down to the second download on their list. 

Have you contacted your elected officials about the upcoming gun law vote?  Click here  (Sandy Hook's Promise) and here (Giffords Courage)
to learn more. 

Have You Contacted Your Elected Officials About the Tax Bill? If not, click here or click here here, here , here ,   here,  here, here   here , here ,   here,
 and   here   to learn what other organizatons are doing across the nation to oppose this bill. 

5 3% of white women voted for Trump, a known misogynist and, to many,   racist . What should parents do when their children say their teachers promote  the  POTUS and his biased if not racist ideas ? Clearly, Trump's policy preferences, etc . have made him into the least popular POTUS in history (for reasons that require mandatory teachable moments for children). This fact alone means that the majority of  Americans do not see him as the chief U.S. standard bearer or role model for children. Michelle Obama's words of wisdom, therefore, still stand: when (he) "they go low we go high" --- a necessary first step that should be easy to determine --- even if it requires all voters to  call and tell their elected politicians to: " hold the line " on behalf of  (anything and everything representing)  fairness and decency.
(Note " Clinton carried white, college-educated women: but just barely: 51% to 45% --- and ​ 34% of white women without a college degree."

Alabama Constitution & Its School System 

D C public Schools & Their Graduation Rates

Obama Regulations Are Being Targeted by DeVos  ,
which include those that address unfair disciplinary practices against ---let's  say a five year old... 

Students Say Schools Do A Poor Job of Preparing
Them for College. . . Click here for more info.

ESSA's 'Stakeholder Engagement' Clause
Continues to Roil State Power Brokers

Stakeholders Must Still Push States to
Support School Accountability

  Ask Superintendents in Your State About
School Accountability by Learning More About This Subject here ,   here. and here.

 States are setting their college ready standards
too low... Learn more here and  here. Also read
why only 3 states expect their 8th graders to be
on a college ready path... by clicking  here.

To read: How States Are "Getting Honest" About How Few Kids Are On Track For College,
click here.

Click here to learn about the NAEP 12th grade results.

Are parents being misled about test results? 
Click here and here to learn more. 
Explore, Discover, Learn, Discuss
 Eye opening stats about high school and
college dropouts... & The Mind the Gap Study

Click here to read the article and   here to read the study.

As Graduation Rates Rise, Experts Fear
Diplomas Come Up Short

Click here to read this NY Times article.

​​For updates on the Connecticut school funding case, (also refer to our page on  school finance systems) 
click here or here. Please take the time to read this case in its entirety, especially since it is  being appealed by the state of Connecticut.   Judge Moukawsher's  ruling states: " Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty to fairly educate its poorest children."  (For example, during the budget crisis, school leaders, essentially, robbed
millions of dollars from poor schools and gave the funds to rich schools. . .) Overall, he ordered the state to come up with a new funding formula,  devise clear standards for both the elementary and high school levels, --- including developing a graduation test --- overhaul its system of evaluating teachers, principals & superintendents and change the irrational way the state funds special education services."​​
Bill and Melinda Gates
on the political debate over the
Common Core standards

When School Leaders Botch Accountability
Click here to read this document.      
 Every Student Succeeds Act 
Click here  and  here to learn more about ESSA.  
Click  here  to view  a copy of the framework. For the
officially released version, click here.   Click  here to view
President Obama signing the Every Student Succeeds Act.