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This report aims to move beyond the public versus charter school debate and provide a positive vision of equitable schools that severes all students through and innovative community schools program.
Voucher programs use money for eligible students' public education to pay for private school tuition. Despite public schools strggling to recover funding, voucher program spends 352 percent more since 2008 since program eligibility has increased. Senate Bill 85 would further privatize public education by expanding the eligibility and cost 6.4 times than boucher programs.
Massachusetts has significant achievement gaps in 4th grade reading. If the government supports after-school programs, then low-income students will have greater access. This report investigates the government's current funding for after school programs.
This report investigates why kids in areas with high poverty and children of color perform worse in school due to toxic stress. Investment is needed to make schools safe improving communities and their services.
Michigan students are increasingly diverse but their teachers are not. Access to high-quality education and care is also limited to children of color. They are more likely to change schools and have absences, and hence may cause cumulative educational inequities. Policy recommendations are listed in the report.
Even though high education leads to higher wages and more productivity, its unafordbility block many students from it. The state should cover a part of cost of college to make it more affordable. The state need to reforem Ohio College Opportunity Grant to better serve for long-term higher education for poor students. The report lists recommendations on how Ohio can help more studnets to access and complete college.
The research has shown that students are better served when educators work together. The interview project shows that teachers have ready to work together, but they need the support of Ohio's government. The reporters suggest how Ohio can support mechanisms that foster colaboration.
Ohio has pressing needs for public investment, from stemming the drug epidemic to preventing infant mortality; fixing the unconstitutional school funding system to making college affordable. Taxpayer revenues should be used for public services that benefit everyone, not for special tax breaks. The House is right in eliminating this tax break. The Senate should concur.
To better understand urban school reform, Policy Matters Ohio compared demographics of the urban schools scoring highest on state measures with the districts in which they are located. We found that the majority of the highest-rated schools serve very different populations than the districts in which they are located, generally enrolling fewer children with disabilities and fewer economically disadvantaged students. Many of these schools have selective enrollment policies, offer smaller class sizes, require applications, or engage in other practices that lower-performing public schools generally cannot follow. Some schools, particularly charters, enroll substantial numbers of students from other school districts, usually suburban or in some cases exurban districts.
Career college programs cost more than similar programs offered through public institutions. The state should eliminae student aid to institute real oversight measures. The report shows comparisons betweent different programs and gives recommendations on how to resolve the problems.