ACTION REQUIRED: New Alliance Brief Calls for New Federal Approach to Improve the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools ArticleMay 04, 2009
Current approaches under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to improve the nation’s lowest-performing high schools do not meet the needs of the students who attend these schools, the communities in which they are located, or the long-term economic health of the United States.
DUNCAN MAKES $44 BILLION IN EDUCATION FUNDING AVAILABLE TO STATES: Education Secretary Says Stimulus Money Must Go Toward “Real and Lasting Reform” ArticleApril 20, 2009
Earlier this month, in an appearance at Doswell Brooks Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the availability of $44 billion to states and schools—the first round of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
NEW ALLIANCE PUBLICATION EXAMINES FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE POLICY: Brief Reviews Recent U.S. Department of Education Regulations and Their Impact on States and the Nation ArticleMarch 23, 2009
A new brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education describes how federal policy has progressed from early attempts to simply calculate an agreed-upon high school graduation rate to present-day efforts aimed at using commonly defined rates as part of a refined accountability system to drive school improvement.
ARKANSAS TAKES A LOOK AT ADEQUACY: Study Finds $838 Million Needed to Provide an Adequate Education ArticleDecember 10, 2003
According to a new costing-out study, Arkansas needs to spend an additional $848.3 million to provide an adequate education for its K-12 students
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After years of neglect, our nation’s high schools are gaining notice from policymakers, grant makers, the media, and a concerned public. A number of factors have combined to help focus attention on the millions of secondary school students who are at risk of not graduating from high school, or of graduating unprepared for college and a rewarding career.
READY FOR TOMORROW: National Governors Association Calls for a Focus on High Schools to Help All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success ArticleNovember 03, 2003
A new report by the National Governors Association (NGA) says the nation's high schools, second-chance institutions, and public colleges and universities are leaving too many young people unprepared to fully contribute to society.
STATES REPORT NUMBER OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS: State Officials Admit Guesswork in Reporting Data ArticleNovember 03, 2003
In September, 33 states reported that over 75 percent of their core classes were being taught by "highly qualified" teachers as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act.
REP. JACKSON TOUTS EDUCATION AS A HUMAN RIGHT: Constitutional Amendment Would Ensure Quality Education for All Students ArticleDecember 25, 2002
In a recent speech at Brown University, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) made his case for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee quality public education and health care for every United States citizen.
ELECTION WRAP-UP: American Voters Elect a Republican Senate, Support Education Ballot Initiatives Across the Country ArticleNovember 25, 2002
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Americans awoke to election returns that gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Republican party.