Two reports critique education reforms
| Aug 10, 2010
The Obama Administration's rigid, top-down interventions in low-performing schools are not supported by research, and disproportionately target African American and Hispanic students and low-income communities, according to a new report released by Communities for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS).
"Our Communities Left Behind: an Analysis of the Administration's School Turnaround Policies" offers a critique of the four interventions being funded through the School Improvement Grants program. CEPS also released a proposed alternative to the four top-down mandated reforms promoted by the Department of Education. Their alternative proposal, "Sustainable School Transformation" calls for research-based educational strategies, wrap-around supports for students, and an inclusive planning process that brings students, parents and teachers to the table.
Communities for Excellent Public Schools is described an emerging coalition of community organizing groups from around the country. To see the reports, visit the CEP website.