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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Education
The rapid growth in the number of charter schools amounts to the privatization of public education. These schools receive public education money and because of this are often referred to as “public schools,” but this is a mischaracterization. Charter schools are privately operated...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Education, Community Development
This report examines the blighted school conditions in Detroit and the lack of investment in schools across Michigan. It discusses these conditions' detrimental effects on children's education, future opportunities, and mental health. It emphasizes the need for focused attention,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 77 requires most state and local government bodies, including school districts, to annually disclose the costs of corporate tax abatements. As a result of the new rule, thousands of America’s public school districts are...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
Strong public schools are the cornerstone of thriving communities. ProGov21's updated Education Roadmap provides information and resources that can aid school districts and municipal governments in improving their school systems. Reforms include universal pre-K, decriminalizing student...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
This infographic highlights the significant challenges faced by children affected by the Flint water crisis and/or enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. It examines the detrimental impact of toxic stress, economic insecurity, and social determinants of health on these children's well-being....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Education
This report examines the impact of expanding voucher programs on public schools in Ohio. Despite evidence showing that public school students perform better, vouchers redirect public school funds to private schools, including religious institutions. The report discusses Senate Bill...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, School Board, School District
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Education, Public Safety
This case study analyzes how student and youth advocacy efforts have advanced alternative visions of safety within the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district. As a result of this student-led campaign, MPS has terminated all of its contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department, terminated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education, Public Safety
Zero-tolerance policies and the proliferation of law enforcement officers in schools have funneled many students into the criminal legal system. This brief outlines steps school districts, cities, and states can take to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Recommendations include...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Supporting pre-K programs with a diverse set of funding streams provides more stability than other methods of funding. This report lists varying funding strategies and examples in different cities across the country, providing models to follow for local officials seeking to expand...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level County, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Public school districts in South Carolina suffered a sharp increase in lost tax revenue in FY 2019 due to tax breaks granted to private corporations by county governments. The revenues of South Carolina’s school districts are reduced via state permitted programs that grant businesses...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, School District, School Board
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Black children experience unequal treatment beginning at an early age, which contributes to inequalities in learning and development. By the time they enter kindergarten, Black children are on average nearly nine months behind in math and almost seven months behind in reading compared...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Ohio
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
In 2019, the Ohio's Student Wellness and Success Fund was created to help school districts invest in the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their students. This report discusses the many ways school districts have used Student Wellness and Success funds, and outlines other...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Education
This infographic examines trends of reduced social spending and infrastructure investment in Michigan communities, using Flint and Detroit as case studies of the impacts of these austerity programs include diminished government purchasing power and a rise in extreme-child poverty...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Education
The unchecked expansion of charter schools in California has led to dire fiscal conditions for the public education system, and public school students are bearing the costs. California’s Charter School Act doesn’t allow school boards to consider how a proposed charter school may impact...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) California
Source LAANE
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
In January 2019, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) held a six-day strike in response to challenges facing The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), resulting from LAUSD’s inability to raise local property taxes and the growing charter school sector that draws funding away...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, School District
State(s) Louisiana, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Texas
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Public school students in the U.S. suffered poorer schools—and local and state taxpayers paid higher taxes—in 2019 due to corporate tax breaks; economic development tax abatements given to corporations cost public school districts at least $2.37 billion in foregone revenue in FY 2019....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Learning Policy Institute
Policy Areas Education
Early childhood assessments, when well designed and well implemented, can support developmentally appropriate learning by providing information to guide instruction and support children's development. As early childhood programs are becoming part of many state education systems, educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, School District, School Board
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
This toolkit was developed to help cities and local school districts assess the quality of their public pre-K programs. It translates evidence and best practices into a set of items to appraise the design and implementation of the pre-K program. The information gathered through this...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State, School District
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Children & Families, Education
Michigan has shifted a total of $4.5 billion intended for K-12 public schools to universities and community colleges since 2010. This cut to K-12 education was not done for the benefit of postsecondary education, but to balance the state budget and compensate for General Fund dollars...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The new GOD federal tax law allow rich Americans who send their childrento private school a tax cut to save money for their higher education. However, the report states that the government should expand opportunity for all Ohioans not just rich people. Tax deduction are costly and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Food, Education, Health, Children & Families
This report discusses the Direct Certification program, which identifies low-income students eligible for free meals. The program faces challenges in accurately counting eligible students and securing funding. The paper suggests solutions such as expanding the matching system, resolving...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, School District, School Board
State(s) Washington
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
The City of Seattle is in the final year of a four-year demonstration phase for its Seattle Preschool Program. The four-year demonstration phase of SPP has three purposes. The first is to demonstrate that the approved structure is viable. The second is to develop a community infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, School District, National
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Zero tolerance policies, expanded presence of police in schools, and other harsh discipline policies have a disproportionate impact on students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ youth. Using Pennsylvania schools as a case study, this report examines the negative effects...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, School District, School Board
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
The benefits of attending high-quality preschool are well established, but access to these programs varies greatly across the United States. This report offers strategies for advocates and state leaders seeking to work with policymakers to improve preschool quality and expand access....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education
Private school vouchers divert tax dollars away from public schools to subsidize the tuition of private and religious schools, simultaneously removing money from public schools and increasing costs for taxpayers. This fact sheet details how the ever-increasing cost of these programs...

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