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July 8, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a victory for education opportunity and excellence. Issuing one of its final decisions for the 2019-2020 session, the Court on June 30 ruled that a provision in Montana’s Constitution which had the effect of denying parents the choice of attending religious schools is discriminatory and violates the free exercise clause of the U.S. Constitution. Commonly called a “Blaine Amendment,” such provisions have existed in 37 state constitutions. The Espinoza decision portends the beginning of their demise. Read more »
July 2, 2020
Prayers of thanks, huzzahs and hoorays are being heard across the country since the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court June 30 that it is unconstitutional to discriminate against parents simply because they choose to send their children to a religious school. Wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the 5-4 majority opinion in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, “Drawing on ‘enduring American tradition,’ we have long recognized the rights of parents to direct ‘the religious upbringing’ of their children.” Read more »
June 5, 2020
It’s hard to believe, but an A rated school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for over four years - only one of 13% of schools in the state with that distinction - has been denied an expansion to serve the 1,000 students on the waiting list. Even in a time of Covid, and uncertainty over schooling, more than 1,000 parents trust that the Mission Achievement and Success Charter School (MAS) will serve their children well, no matter the environmental factors we face today. Read more »
May 18, 2020
CER will convene three prestigious education leaders who are helping drive local, state and federal responses to continuous education post Covid-19. WHO:          New Orleans Education Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., School Board chair Ethan Ashley, and former DC City Council Chair, author and now K-12 president Kevin ChavousModerated by Jeanne Allen, Founder & CEO, Center for Education […] Read more »
May 18, 2020
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, using discretion written into the coronavirus stabilization law, is using millions of dollars to pursue long-sought policy goals that Congress has blocked.New York Times | May 15, 2020By Erica Green, correspondent in Washington who covers the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos, focusing on higher education policy, educational equity and […] Read more »
May 13, 2020
Forbes | May 12, 2020By Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of CERAmid the shutdown, public school students now limited to their homes have become entirely dependent on the decisions of their districts to enable education to be delivered “where” they currently sit. Many districts did indeed begin full-service education for students. Not surprisingly, most were […] Read more »
May 8, 2020
THE BRICKS AND MORTAR OF REMOTE EDUCATIONA conversation with those directly engaged in what education post-COVID looks likeTUESDAY, MAY 12TH, 11 AM (EDT)School buildings may have closed, but the conversation about what education will look like post-COVID has only just opened. Remote education, done well, is more than a zoom meeting with the same content […] Read more »
May 6, 2020
Forbes | May 5, 2020By Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of CERWith the doors to most of K12 and higher education shut for the rest of the academic year and beyond, it’s time to implement a dramatically different way of educating our nation’s youth, and make it stick. We can’t allow our kids to stop […] Read more »
May 5, 2020
THIS IS WHY WE CALL IT THE BLOB $200 billion, on top of the $13 billion in new monies already delivered for education (see related story below) to fund federal programs in anticipation of state budget cuts is the epitome of throwing good money after bad. Never mind that the rest of the nation has to try […] Read more »
May 1, 2020
REIMAGINING EDUCATION DURING COVIDSchool and nonprofit leaders share their success strategiesTUESDAY, MAY 5TH, 11 AM (EDT)Successful education providers are working alongside innovative thinkers and researchers to keep students learning during COVID. They have time-tested strategies for helping all students, regardless of location, keep learning.In a short 90 minute Zoom webinar, you can hear the next […] Read more »