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For the second time in a week, plaintiffs have filed major school funding lawsuits. A few days ago, plaintiffs in Baltimore filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the state was way out of compliance with the terms of its previously agreed upon settlement and funding formula. Data indicates...
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Maryland was one of our school funding success stories, and an oddball of sorts. The first part of the story follows the script. In 1994, Baltimore City plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the state of Maryland, alleging that state funding was insufficient for student to receive an adequate education. The...
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Preventing discrimination in the classroom. Shutterstock Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina The Trump administration is considering eliminating one of the federal government’s most basic tools for preventing racial discrimination. When the government runs or funds programs, those programs are obligated to ensure that everyone gets equal access and...
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For the second time this school year, Betsy DeVos got a judicial smack down for attempting to eliminate regulations from the prior administration. In September, it was over protections for student loan borrowers. Yesterday, it was over racial disparities in special education. In both cases, DeVos’s justifications for reversing Obama-era...
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Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates. By Ilya Andriyanov from www.shutterstock.com Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina; Bruce Baker, Rutgers University, and Preston Green III, University of Connecticut While critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public...
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This from the Education Law Center: Students in Flint, Michigan, are beginning to receive high quality screenings and evaluations through the Flint Registry and Genesee Health System/Hurley Children’s Hospital Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence (NCE) to identify disabilities that may entitle them to special education services. The screening and evaluation program...
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In a short one-pager, the New Jersey Supreme Court just ended the litigation war on teachers tenure in the state. By my count, this marks at least the fourth major loss for those using the courts to pursue their anti-teacher tenure agenda. And they have still yet to win a...
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The nation’s founders saw education as key to self-rule. Joseph Sohm/www.shutterstock.com Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina A new fight to secure a federal constitutional right to education is spreading across the country. This fight has been a long time coming and is now suddenly at full steam. In...
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In October, I had the privilege of participating in a Tedx event sponsored by the University of South Carolina. The subject of my talk was the danger our democracy faces when we fail to ensure equal and adequate public education. I offered warnings and lessons from both the perspective of...
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This from the Education Law Center: Education Law Center is urging the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to take immediate steps to reverse course from a decade of explosive and improper growth of charter school enrollment, targeted in the state’s high poverty, racially isolated school districts. “In allowing charter...
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