It is week 88 of our new reality and while nearly two weeks have passed since the election results in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere across the nation, the debate about what it means for education continues without much sign of slowing down. 50CAN President Derrell Bradford shared his reading of the post-election tea leaves in an op-ed for the New York Daily News.
Last time in the New Reality Roundup, we looked at declining enrollment in New York City’s public schools and examined rising rates of school violence.
Today, we take stock of the implications this month’s elections will have on the next year, and the immense opportunity for education advocates, and look at the disruption being spurred by severe school staff shortages happening in multiple states.
FROM THE FIELD
TennesseCAN’s Victor Evans chaired the first meeting for the Economically Disadvantaged and Highly Mobile Students subcommittee for the governor’s review of the state funding formula. “My committee members are a diverse group, ranging from representatives for the nonprofit sector to legislators to former educators and the NAACP,” Victor reports. In the coming weeks, Victor and his team will be hosting open sessions for parents to contribute their thoughts and will share notes and video from the ongoing meetings, with a goal to ensure that voices from all pockets of Tennessee are heard.
In North Carolina, Opportunity Scholarships have historically been capped at $4,200, but after recent legislation championed by CarolinaCAN was incorporated into the state budget, the cap has been removed and the scholarship amount will now be 90% of per-pupil funding. Not only was the legislation crafted to be future-proof, but it also will provide immediate relief to Carolina families, as it will immediately raise the scholarship amount to approximately $6,500. The budget has passed both chambers and is now in conference.
“I love the public education system in New Mexico, I just think we can do a lot better,” NewMexicoKidsCAN’s Amanda Aragon told a packed house at the New Mexico Economic Forum after a slate of candidates endorsed by her Action Fund PAC won, giving reform and parent-power minded electeds control of the Albuquerque Board of Education. The Albuquerque Journal-Constitution reported on the event.