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Center for Public Education, 2020
With the nationwide school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, districts are seeking more technology support to connect every student online and continue teaching and learning with the help of digital devices. This data brief provides school leaders with a national picture of the E-rate program, which can help schools to decrease by as…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Internet
Center for Public Education, 2020
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that students with a disability are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and helps fund schools to develop and implement a program of special education tailored to the student's needs. IDEA was last reauthorized in 2004. This series of fact sheets documents key…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Students with Disabilities, Federal Legislation
Center for Public Education, 2020
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that schools assist students with disabilities to develop independent living skills and abilities essential to succeed in most of their life's endeavors. According to the law, each student with a disability must have an individualized education program (IEP), and the IEP must address…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Vocational Education, Individualized Education Programs, Educational Legislation
Center for Public Education, 2020
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that schools assist students with disabilities to develop independent living skills and abilities essential to succeed in most of their life's endeavors. According to the law, each student with a disability must have an individualized education program (IEP), and the IEP must address…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Students with Disabilities, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
Dervarics, Chuck; O'Brien, Eileen – Center for Public Education, 2019
In this research brief, the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education looks at indicators of school board effectiveness. From this research, it is clear that school boards in high-achieving districts exhibit habits and characteristics that are markedly different from boards in low-achieving districts. In the most dramatic…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Boards of Education, High Achievement, Low Achievement
Cai, Jinghong – Center for Public Education, 2018
A skills gap challenges educators and policymakers alike. To help meet the economic and educational needs for the modern workplace, Congress recently reauthorized the Perkins Act. The bill, "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act," emphasizes an important mission of education in the 21st century, that is,…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, 21st Century Skills, Adults, Educational Policy
Lavalley, Megan – Center for Public Education, 2018
American discourse is often accused of neglecting the interests and values of rural citizens, and this is particularly true when it comes to education. Rural students and the schools they attend receive little attention in either policy or academia. This report attempts to shed badly needed light on the challenges, and point to policies and…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Poverty, Student Diversity, Barriers
Hemphill, Annie – Center for Public Education, 2018
In an international benchmark survey of high school students, the U.S. consistently scores in the middle of the pack compared to many western European and eastern Asian countries. Finland has been among the top performers dating back to 2000. The country's performance led many in the U.S. to ask, what is Finland doing that is leading to high…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers
Wagner, Chandi – Center for Public Education, 2017
In 1954, "Brown v. Board of Education" struck down state laws that required schools to be segregated by race, which then existed in 17 southern states. Yet in 2016, many schools across the country are still segregated along largely racial and socioeconomic lines. There are many reasons schools aren't better integrated. School district…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Racial Discrimination, Poverty, Academic Achievement
Center for Public Education, 2017
Giving parents and students the ability to choose their school is promoted by supporters as the key to improving American education overall. On the surface, the idea has great appeal. Who, after all, opposes having choices? Indeed, both Democratic and Republican policymakers, including President Trump, have embraced school choice as a reform…
Descriptors: School Choice, Public Schools, Magnet Schools, Charter Schools
Barth, Patte; Wagner, Chandi – Center for Public Education, 2017
The Center for Public Education has been examining the research and data related to school choice in hopes of informing the conversation about effective policies. This report turns from looking at the impact of school choice to examining access to options within the public education system. It first estimates how many students are able to choose…
Descriptors: School Choice, Equal Education, Public Education, Misconceptions
Barth, Patte – Center for Public Education, 2016
It has been over 60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared education "a right which must be made available to all on equal terms." In ruling that separate was in fact not equal, "Brown v Board of Education" forced federal, state and local governments to open public schools to all children in the community. The decision…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Civil Rights, Student Rights, Public Schools
Hull, Jim – Center for Public Education, 2016
High school graduates are defined as those students who graduated high school on time with a standard high school diploma or higher. It does not include students who earned a general education diploma (GED), a certificate of completion, vocational diploma, special education diploma or any other credential that illustrates student accomplishments…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Noncollege Bound Students, Career Readiness, Career Planning
Wagner, Chandi – Center for Public Education, 2016
Career and Technical Education (CTE) balances the pull between the practical and theoretical by applying academic knowledge to real-world problems, preparing students for a wide array of careers. Unfortunately, confusion and stereotypes still reign when it comes to what career and technical education is and is not, even as public sentiment shifts…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Career Readiness, Educational History, Program Effectiveness
Barth, Patte; Dillon, Naomi; Hull, Jim; Higgins, Breanna Holland – Center for Public Education, 2016
School districts across the country are struggling to attract and keep good teachers, a situation that seems to be particularly acute in states such as California and Oklahoma. This is not a good time for schools to be facing a teacher shortage. States have raised K-12 standards to new heights with the expectation that all students will graduate…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment
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