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April 01, 2011 03:25 pm

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Funding Education Equitably: The ‘Comparability Provision’ and the Move to Fair and Transparent School Budgeting Systems from the Center for American Progress. According to this report, a likely shift toward more equitable school funding for Title I schools in ESEA reauthorization will mean a difficult transition process for many school districts.

Understanding Community Schools as Collaboratives for System Building to Address Barriers and Promote Well-Being from the Center for Mental Health in Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles. This brief reviews different agenda for establishing school-community connections in general and community schools specifically.

Beyond Basic Skills – State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to An Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education by the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. This report provides strategies that state policymakers can use to strengthen connections between basic skills education and postsecondary education to help lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the postsecondary credentials they need to advance in the labor market.

Toward Increasing Teacher Diversity: Targeting Support and Intervention for Teacher Licensure Candidates from theEducational Testing Service and the National Education Association.  This report argues that improving minority teacher candidates’ exam scores can help build a teacher corps that reflects student diversity.

State Strategies for Fixing Failing Schools and Districts from the NGA Center for Best Practices. This issue brief looks at ways to cope with the underlying causes of failing schools including: weak leadership; inadequate skill levels among teachers; and insufficient, high-quality teaching materials.

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