Unequal education. Students like 13-year-old Erick Araujo who struggle most in school—frequently failing multiple courses at once—are often among the last who should be taken out of the classroom and put on self-study regimes. But in Kern County, Calif., more than 320 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders who have been expelled from traditional public school programs and enrolled in “community schools” are being asked to complete their studies independently at home. Tens of thousands of students in California have been transferred into the more than 75 county community schools that serve as alternatives to traditional public school. For many, as for Erick, expectations are low and outcomes poor. (Center for Investigative Reporting)
Is the enrichment race being won by the rich? Since the 1970s the gap in educational enrichment spending between the top and bottom 10 percent of families in the United States has become a gaping chasm. Since that time spending at the bottom has risen by 23 percent while at the top by a staggering 132 percent. The result? The achievement gap – not to mention the opportunity gap – is widening to a breadth never seen before. (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Self-segregation in charter schools. Both black and white parents self-select racially isolated environments for their children’s education, according to new research. In Delaware, a study found that virtually all of the state’s charters enroll either more than 70 percent white students or hardly any at all. Self-segregation in the school choice space is a problem across the country and can be best addressed if charters make diversity and integration an explicit goal, says Andre Perry, the associate director for educational initiatives at Loyola University’s Institute for Quality and Equity in Education in New Orleans. (The Hechinger Report)
Learn to give away money online. Doris Buffett, Warren Buffett’s older sister, will be offering a MOOC on philanthropic giving with an end-of-semester perk: $10,000. (Philanthropy 2173)
Written by Education Sector Policy Intern Anne Mishkind.