We’ve long known that funding schools through local property taxes perpetuates inequalities.

This new interactive map of poverty by school district makes clear how far those with the power to do so have gone to ensure that the resources available to the “haves” are kept from the “have nots”, even when it means creating school districts with no real relationship to geographic reality.

http://maps.edbuild.org/DividingLines.html#

  • Via Twitter today, a 10 year old in the Hamptons. I am amused, but have no way of verifying authenticity of this interview!

    “What’s your allowance?
    It’s $350 a month, but if I run out, I’ve memorized my mom’s credit card number so I’m covered.
    What do you spend it on?
    Lunch, Starbucks, gadgets. I also do Postmates three times a week in the city. My mom never knows it’s coming until it arrives. In the Hamptons, I like Surf Shop, but I don’t know how to surf.
    What do you think your allowance should be?
    About $700 a month seems fair.
    You have a credit card. What kind?
    I have a Gold AmEx. Sometimes at stores they question me, like when I was buying chocolate recently, and they looked to my nanny to see if she was going to pay, but I gave them my credit card and they said, “Aren’t you a little young for this?””

    tags: socialclass

  • Politicians misreading their own experiences with those of much less privileged families:

    “”There are such big problems in student debt,” she said, but a couple with six-figure incomes borrowing in excess of $300,000 “isn’t one of them.””

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

I’m  discouraged when articles like this come out  that declare that many First Generation students are academically underprepared, only to read that the study was done by the creators of the ACT test and the only measure used was ACT scores, not actual academic performance in college.

There’s intriguing evidence that the ACT offers only “trivial” value for predicting success in college.

So Kudos to the commenter who speaks as a former first generation student and now as their advocate who speaks of actual performance in college and supports that make a difference rather than simplifying potential for the complex work of navigating college to a single test score.

  • On the lengths that some parents will go for advantages in their children’s education. Yes, the main question is why there aren’t high quality options for all children, but when parents are investing this much time on navigating the system (through exchanging information through their personal networks) on getting placements for their own children rather than improving the system, I’m not sure how we get to equity for all.

    tags: socialclass

  • “In its latest report on the Pell Grant program, the Education Department said nearly three quarters of the 8.6 million students who received the federal grant to attend college last year reported having no savings or other cash on hand. That compares to 60 percent of federal grant recipients five years earlier.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

  • A comprehensive and disturbing report on deeply inequitable funding for public education.

    “State governments have failed to adequately and equitably
    resource schools. And yet, too often, the burden
    and the blame for educational outcomes has fallen on
    students, their families and teachers. But as this report
    shows, states are perpetuating a system that doesn’t provide
    enough resources to ensure that students (and their
    teachers) can succeed.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

  • I’m reading this book now and it’s a compelling response to those who still argue that the world is waiting with open arms for poor and working class kids, once they get their test scores up. The author has had unique access to the inner world of hiring at top firms, and recruiting at elite universities and anyone concerned with equity for those not already in the inner circle will learn a lot from it.

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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