LFA Updates

NEA's Donna Harris-Aikens and LFA's Rich Long discuss what equity means in 2018, as well as how schools and communities can advance it.

Last week, the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection, producing two reports highlighting major findings related to school climate and safety and access to STEM courses . The findings are troubling. The data show that, for example, black students...

We must provide all teachers with the equipment and professional development necessary to embrace the digital transformation, writes the Napa County (CA) Superintendent of Schools.

By Dr. Barbara Nemko The year was 1965. Congress passed Title I for the purpose of ensuring that all children would have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and State academic assessments. In...

Although widespread inequities in funding and other resources threaten progress toward providing all students access to an excellent education, AACTE and its members and partners won’t ever give up on that pursuit.

By Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE President & CEO This year marks the 70th anniversary of AACTE’s founding. Created in 1948 as an alliance to boost the quality of teachers being prepared for the country’s growing public school system, our association remains steadfastly focused on the democratic ideal of providing all...

Poll results encouraging for advocates of equity in school funding

In focus groups, voters in the South had a hard time relating the term “equity” to public education, a new report shows. But it’s clear they understand the concept, bringing up inequities organically in conversation and supporting the idea of addressing the differences in quality and funding that exist in...

With some schools across the country becoming more segregated, we can learn much from Morris School District (NJ), where the community is committed to school integration.

“I am all for school diversity, but not when my kid has to take the bus across town.” This comment was made during the ongoing middle school boundary debate in my community. It reminded me of findings on school diversity from this year’s PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward...

An analysis by the Center for Public Education shows that public school districts offer more educational and extracurricular options for students than their private school counterparts.

For all the talk in Washington and state capitols about the need for school choice, a new report from the Center for Public Education has made the case that public schools actually offer the most educational options for students. The new report found “an abundance of choice” in public schools,...

The education community's response to the Trump Administration's decision to end the DACA program has been swift and negative. Education leaders urge Congress to act quickly to give those impacted stability and protection.

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nearly 800,000 people are working and studying in the United States under DACA. The program, established by executive order during the Obama administration, allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the United...

Do parents value school diversity? The PDK Poll offers insights.

In a recent blog post , LFA Executive Director Rich Long noted the need for tough conversations about hard issues, including race. He wrote that “schools may be one of the few places where we can sit together and learn how to talk about these issues.” The role that schools...

The public has demanding expectations for its schools. The strategies dominating education policy conversations won't meet them.

The 49 th annual PDK Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals a public that defines the quality of education beyond the 3R’s of a bygone age. And certainly, despite much of the rhetoric at the national level, they don’t see issues as simply as private vs....

As we move forward after Charlottesville, AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech reflects on the outstanding work of the nation's public school system leaders and expresses his confidence that they will rise to the occasion, speaking out to ensure all children receive a quality education.

Some of the images we’re seeing on television and stories we’re reading about in our local newspapers are describing some of the most disappointing and disheartening moments in the history of our country. What has made it even more alarming? The violence, compounded with the flurry of discussions focusing on...