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Straight As: Focus on Brown Vs. Board Anniversary, College Remediation, Spending Cuts, and More

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May 17, 2011 07:52 pm

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Here’s a quick summary of the articles in the May 16 issue of Straight A’s, the Alliance’s biweekly newsletter.

Click on a title below to access the complete article or download a printer-friendly version of the entire newsletter here.

ON ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN VERSUS BOARD OF EDUCATION, PROVIDING TRUE EDUCATIONAL EQUALITY FOR ALL STUDENTS IS AN ECONOMIC NECESSICITY FOR THE NATION, NEW ALLIANCE STUDY FINDS: Nearly sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown versus Board of Education that the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place in the field of public education, the promise of an equal education remains unmet for too many of the nation’s students of color and Native students, according to a new brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education. Meeting the promise of Brown v. Board by graduating more of these students from high school would lead to dramatic economic growth nationwide, the brief finds.

“SAVING NOW AND SAVING LATER”: United States Loses $5.6 Billion Providing College Remediation, According to New Alliance Brief: Remedial education—courses designed for postsecondary students on basic skills that they did not master in high school—costs the United States an estimated $5.6 billion, according to a new brief by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES FY 2011 FINAL SPENDING TOTALS: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will receive $45.4 billion in discretionary federal funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 based on the spending plan that ED submitted to Congress last week. Compared to the previous year, this amount represents a cut of $1.25 billion, or 2.7 percent. Excluding the 0.2 percent across-the-board cut to every program, forty-seven education programs were cut and another thirty-eight were eliminated. Four programs received an increase.

MORE SPENDING CUTS COMING?: House Republicans Release Draft FY12 Spending Allocations: Total discretionary federal spending would fall by approximately $30 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 compared to FY 2011 under spending allocations announced on May 11 by the House Appropriations Committee.

ESEA PRECURSOR?: Hunter Introduces Bill to Eliminiate Forty-Three Federal Education Programs: On May 13, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, introduced new legislation that would eliminate forty-three federal education programs, including Striving Readers, Smaller Learning Communities, High School Graduation Initiative, and Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed-Tech).

PUBLIC SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND DROPOUTS: NCES Report Pegs National Graduation Rate at 75.5 Percent for 2008–09 School Year: The estimated national high school graduation rate for the 2008–09 school year was 75.5 percent, up from 74.7 the year before, according to a new report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The report, Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008–09, finds that high school graduation rates ranged from a high of 90.7 percent in Wisconsin to a low of 56.3 percent in Nevada.

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