ARCHIVE FOR JUNE 2007
ELC RELEASES REPORT ON ABBOTT STUDENTS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS (6/1/2007)
The Education Law Center has released a report on charter schools in Abbott districts, Abbott Students Attending Charter Schools: Funding Disparities and Legal Implications. The report, by Katrina Bulkley of Montclair State University, notes that charter schools in Abbott districts receive funding at lower levels than those provided to other public schools in Abbott districts, although those charter schools serve students with the same socioeconomic characteristics as those in district public schools.
The report’s key findings include:
- In 2004-05, charter schools in Abbott districts received an average of 32 percent less in foundation funding than non-charter Abbott schools.
- Abbott districts are eligible for additional state aid, known as supplemental aid, but charter schools in those districts are not eligible for this form of aid.
- Nothing in the Abbott rulings supports the exclusion of charter school students from eligibility for the same aid as their peers who attend district schools.
Abbott Students Attending Charter Schools: Funding Disparities and Legal Implications (5/2007)
14TH ANNUAL EDUCATION LAW CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN PORTLAND, MAINE (6/4/2007)
It’s time now to register for the 14th annual Education Law Conference, July 24-27 at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Each year, this nationally known conference presents an important and cogent program on education law and policy for a unique audience of attorneys, educators, policy makers, parents, and child advocates. The conference consistently attracts recognized experts and speakers, and provides rich opportunities to exchange ideas. Keynote speakers this year include Paul Ruiz, a partner at Education Trust; Morgan Brown of the US Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement; Bob Wise, who heads the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education; Hon. Morrison England, U.S.D.J., of the Eastern District of California; and Russell Quaglia, President and Founder of the Quaglia Institute of Student Aspirations. For more information on the conference, including registration information and a full list of sessions and speakers, go to www.edlaw.org.
LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON ABBOTT PRESCHOOLS RELEASED (6/15/2007)
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University has released a study on the effects of attending the Abbott Preschool program on learning. The study, The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study, finds that children who participate in the program are improving in language, literacy and math at least through the end of their kindergarten year. It also finds that children who participated in the program for two years significantly outperform those who attend for only one year or do not attend at all; and that the Abbott Preschool Program continues, on the whole, to improve.
Other findings include:
- Virtually no differences were found in classroom quality between public school settings and private child care centers.
- Although all students made some gains during the kindergarten year, the children who attended Abbott Pre-K closed a higher percentage of the gap between their scores and the national average in vocabulary.
NIEER: The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES) (6/14/2007)