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The Stealth Inequities of School Funding | Center for American Progress: "There must therefore be more to the story behind funding inequities. This report tries to provide a fuller picture of the problem so that we know more about what stands in the way of equity. The two chapters that follow explore stealth inequities in school finance, which are defined as often-overlooked features of school funding systems that tend to exacerbate inequities in per-pupil spending rather than reduce them, and that do so in a way that favors communities with the least need."
Schools Matter: Nineteenth Century English Schools for the Poor in Yuma, AZ: Only the Monitors Have Been Swapped Out: "Maybe Carpe Pecuniam would a more appropriate school name. Translation: Seize the Cash. "
Haunts: End the war on children living with disabilities. End it now. – women in and beyond the global: "Over two years ago, we wrote about `seclusion rooms’. These are solitary confinement spaces in schools across the United States. More often than not, they’re closets or utility rooms, anything small and tight with a lock on the outside. That is not seclusion. That is torture."
The Homeschool Diaries - Paul Elie - The Atlantic: "The city’s public schools are underfunded, overcrowded, and perpetually in turnaround. District boundaries governing enrollment change from one year to the next, as do standards for admission to gifted programs and “citywide” schools, acceptance to which is determined by children’s scores on tests whose educational relevance is questionable. Meanwhile, middle-class parents are priced out of districts midway through their children’s education, as people a few rungs higher up the ladder move to neighborhoods with acclaimed public schools (the West Village, Park Slope) and put the half-million they would have spent on private schools toward the mortgage."
Families Unlocking Futures: A new report by and for families: "On September 10 2012, Justice for Families and research partner the DataCenter released Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice. This report offers first-of-its kind analysis that details how the juvenile justice system does more to feed the nation’s vast prison system than to deter or redirect young people from system involvement; and demonstrates the incredible damage the system causes to families and communities."
Education Reform and Disruption: What will a "disrupted" Higher-Education system look like? - Quora: "The Credential will be diced, distributed, stackable and shareable. The existing accreditation system creates a guild of degree providers, and the degree is the only credential that matters. In the future, there will be "micro credentials" that can be transferred by API, and will have easy interfaces for sharing. Since it will be easy to literally see what you learned, where, how, and how fast you learned it, employers and random people you want to impress will take these credentials at face value and choose whether or not to accept them. OpenBadges and Degreed.com are now working on this sort of thing, but LinkedIn could be a player here as well. How will you represent your learning to the world?