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The Answer Sheet Archive: Equity

Chamber of Commerce vs. Tea Party over Wake County schools

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Raleigh, hardly a radical organization, has jumped into the controversy over the Tea Party-backed school board's plan to dismantle the school system's acclaimed school integration plan. The chamber has now issued a plan of its own to maintain diversity and stop national ridicule directed at Wake County.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 17, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Equity, Guest Bloggers, Poverty  | Tags:  center for american progress, chamber of commerce, chamber of commerce school plan, charlotte-mecklenburg's schools, desegregation plans, high-poverty schools, raleigh schools, resegregation in schools, tea party, tea party in raleigh, wake county schools  
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Not a Rosa Parks moment

An Ohio mother of two sent to jail for nine days because she falsified documents so that her children could attend a better school is being the modern equivalent of Rosa Parks. She isn't.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 1, 2011; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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How Colbert brilliantly skewered Wake County (N.C.) school officials

Here is how Stephen Colbert skewered the Wake County (Raleigh, N.C.) school board for its decision to scrap a success school diversity plan.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Equity, Laugh and cry  | Tags:  colbert, colbert and wake county, colbert nation, desegregation, resegregation of schools, stephen colbert, the colbert report, wake county diversity, wake county public schools, wake county resegregation  
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Economic school integration: A response to Valerie Strauss and Jerry Weast

Richard D. Kahlenberg makes strong arguments as he responds to separate criticism that Montgomery County Public Schools Supt. Jerry Weast and I raised about a Century Foundation report about economic school integration in Montgomery County.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 22, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Equity, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  century foundation, economic integration, economic school integration, jerry weast, mcps, montgomery county, montgomery county public schools, richard kahlenberg, school choice, socioeconomic integregation, the answer sheet, valerie strauss  
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How billionaire donors harm public education

Today the foundation set up by billionaires Eli and Edythe Broad is giving $2 million to an urban school district that has pursued education reform that they like. On Friday a Florida teacher is going to run 50 miles to raise money so that he and his fellow teachers don’t have to spend their own money to buy paper and pencils, binders (1- and 2-inch), spiral notebooks, composition books, printer ink. Together the two events show the perverted way schools are funded.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Equity, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  bill gates, broad prize, charter schools, eli broad, facebook, mark zuckerberg, newark schools, school reform  
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The limits of Moco schools' economic integration study

There are big limits to the study released today showing that several hundred low-income students who went to school in low-poverty schools in Montgomery County did better on standardized math tests than kids who went to high-poverty schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 15, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Equity, Research, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  casey foundation, david berliner, economic integration, high-poverty schools, low-income families, michelle rhee, moco schools, montgomery county schools, poverty, standardized tests  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Study shows deep disparities in funding for schools, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
World Bank invests more in education; big gap remains, Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2010
Shark Week in the education world, Valerie Strauss , August 6, 2010
Duncan being too 'modest', Valerie Strauss , July 27, 2010
Wake County diversity battle, Valerie Strauss , July 22, 2010
Poverty, student achievement, HCZ: Berliner, Valerie Strauss , July 22, 2010
How homicides affect test scores - study, Valerie Strauss , June 15, 2010
1 in 6 U.S. students in high-poverty schools , Valerie Strauss , May 28, 2010
California sued over education funding crisis, Valerie Strauss , May 20, 2010
Willingham: About poverty and school success, Valerie Strauss , May 3, 2010
Did DOE get memo on school desegregation?, Valerie Strauss , April 19, 2010
 
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