LEARN ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING, POVERTY AND INEQUALITY
Does Money Matter in Education? - The Albert Shanker Institute. “In short, money matters, resources that cost money matter, and more equitable distribution of school funding can improve outcomes.”
Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card - Ed Law Center. “Clearly, no school improvement strategy can be successful unless built on a foundation of sufficient funding that is fairly distributed to school districts to address issues associated with concentrated poverty.”
PISA: It’s Poverty Not Stupid by Mel Riddile. The 2009 PISA test results showed the U.S. ranking 14th among the nations tested, but test results also show a direct correlation between poverty and test scores. The author comments that Sec. of Education Arne Duncan “doesn’t trust us enough to tell us the truth.”
The Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity.”
The evidence against corporate reformers and their education policies runs as deep as their pockets. Learn more about the fight for educational justice from these authors, educators, researchers and activists.
Alfie Kohn – collection of articles by the author “described in Time magazine as ‘perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.’”
David C. Berliner, collected writings. Regents' Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Arizona State University.
Diane Ravitch, historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University, blogs at http://dianeravitch.net/
Economic Policy Institute–“EPI documents impacts of social and economic inequality on student achievement, and suggests policies, within school and out, to narrow outcome gaps between middle class and disadvantaged students.”
Gerald Bracey, collected writings of the now deceased critic of assessment and advocate for public education.
School Finance 101 Blog – Blog of education research Bruce D. Banker. Analysis of fair school funding, debunking of myths around charter school effectiveness, and role of funding in educational outcomes.
Schools Matter Blog – “Advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools”. Excellent reporting on latest corporate-backed reform groups, standardized testing, and privatization of public education. Contributors include noted education activists Jim Horn, Susan Ohanian among others.
Steven D. Krashen, collection of writings by educational researcher, with a focus on literacy and language acquisition.