Tag : Equality

ESSA and School Facility Conditions

by Angel Ford, Ed.D. In previous blogs, I have frequently discussed the inequities of school building conditions across America. This blog will also talk about those inequities in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Let’s start by examining what ESSA states about educational facilities. A search of the…

Finland Improved School Building Conditions as Part of Improving Their Nation’s Education

by Angel Ford, EdD Finnish students are excelling academically; in fact, they are passing students in most other nations.  This has not always been the case, however.  Over the past forty years Finland has made great strides to equalize and expand opportunities for their students, empowering them to become some…

ESSA and Equitable Early Learning Facilities

by Angel Ford, EdD U.S. Secretary of Education John King wants equity emphasized as ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) is implemented. ESSA is intended to increase funding and access to early learning programs. Improved access to early learning and King’s desire for equity go well together well. Evidence is…

Link Between School Building Conditions and the Achievement Gap

By Angel Ford School facility conditions are tied to student attitudes, behaviors, and success, therefore little argument can be raised that school facility upkeep and construction should be a consideration in educational planning and funding decisions. Students in buildings in poor condition perform lower than students in buildings in adequate…

Inequality/Inequity at the School Door

Discussion Points at Presentation at Academy for Educational Studies conference in San Antonio, TX, March 7-9, 2016 • Inequality in school facilities • Unsatisfactory school buildings affect learning • Inequality of facilities and resources contribute to the achievement gap • Equalize facilities and resources and equalize achievement Inequality Presentation Slides

Funding School Facilities: Equal is not Equitable

By:  Dr. G. Victor Hellman, Jr. In November 2015, Berkley’s Jeffrey Vincent and Liz Jain released the study, Going it Alone: Can California’s K-12 School Districts Adequately and Equitably Fund School Facilities?  In their research they conducted an analysis of spending on K-12 public school facilities within the state of…

Design Physical Space that Has Broad Appeal (Case Study 1)

National Center for Women & Information Technology, PROMISING PRACTICES, 2011 Hank Levy, Chair of the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, described the design of a new building that applied principles supported by research on stereotypes and the environment. The new building is one of many actions…

School District Superintendents’ and Finance Officers’ Perceptions of Equity and Adequacy of Educational Capital Facilities: Disparity and Mitigation in North Carolina Schools

Kenneth Phelps, 2013 Of all the influences on educational achievement—e.g., teacher qualifications and motivation, administrative support, and parental and community involvement—among the least recognized is the condition and appropriateness of the school capital facility. Since the state constitution mandates that all students have an equal opportunity to attain a relevant…

Going it Alone: Can California’s K-12 School Districts Adequately and Equitably Fund School Facilities?

Jeffrey Vincent and Liz Jain, 2015 Analysis of spending on K-12 public school facilities in California finds that, compared to industry standards, there is an ongoing, structural pattern of inadequate and inequitable spending in many school districts. This trend signals costly long-term consequences as accumulated facility needs risk becoming health…

What Makes Education Reform Difficult: Poverty in Rural America

By Dr. Linda Lemasters. While writing the blog last week on the achievement gap, I read a great deal of research on urban education and inner city schools.  Education in rural America is mentioned often as an afterthought.  There is little knowledge of failing schools and children in need across…