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Tuttle, Lynn – State Education Standard, 2020
In its four years of life, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has blazed new pathways for policy and funding in K-12 arts education. Many states acted early to take advantage of these federal opportunities to expand students' access to the arts. Through its definitional language, suggested actions, and funding mechanisms, ESSA provides states…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Art Education
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Ross, Randy; Brown, Philip; Biagas, Kori Hamilton – State Education Standard, 2020
The authors believe it is time to expand the term school climate to reflect an intention of giving all children access to positive school environments. Their expanded definition recognizes that equitable school climates are central to education equity, and it calls on educators and policymakers to deepen awareness of race, ethnicity, gender,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Equal Education, Culturally Relevant Education, School Community Relationship
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Rebell, Michael A. – State Education Standard, 2018
Lawsuits challenging state methods for funding public schools have been launched in 46 of the 50 states, and in recent years they have been extraordinarily successful. Since 1989, plaintiffs have prevailed in over 65 percent of the final liability decisions in cases based on "adequacy claims"--assertions that all students have a…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, State Aid, Educational Finance, Public Schools
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Boyd, Sandra – State Education Standard, 2017
Over the past two decades, college and career readiness became a priority in K-12 education. While graduation rates have been rising, far too many high school graduates are not ready to succeed in college or a job. Employers note that freshly-minted employees too often need additional training to perform their roles, many are ineligible for…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement
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McGuinn, Patrick – State Education Standard, 2015
The "Race to the Top" competitive grant program initiated a wave of teacher evaluation reform, which scholars and policymakers have long identified as critical to improving teacher quality and student performance. State boards of education (SBEs) and state education agencies (SEAs) took different approaches to these reforms, and as a…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, State Policy, Case Studies, Program Implementation
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Willse, Katie – State Education Standard, 2015
High-quality summer learning programs in a given city are often only able to address a fraction of the need. Lack of access to program data and absence of stakeholder coordination compounds the problem. Working together to systematically increase program quality and provide more high-quality summer learning opportunities where families need them…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Program Development, Stakeholders, Goal Orientation