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ESEA Infographic Brief #1 - Time Spent on Testing

Did you know that the time spent on all student testing in grades 3-8 is, on average, less than 3% of the entire school year or that locally required tests consume 2-3 times as many classroom hours as do tests required under ESEA? All that and more in this infographic brief. 

ESEA Infographic Number 1.pdf




Bill de Blasio Trounces Eric Cantor in the Biggest March Madness Upset Yet

In January, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor threatened to hold hearings if newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to stymie public charter schools. As it turns out, Bill de Blasio has arguably done more to help public charters in three months than Cantor has done the entire 13 years he’s been in Congress. Only three Republicans - none of whom was Eric Cantor - joined the 20 Democrats who signed a letter to House Appropriators last week in support of what would be the first Charter School Program funding increase in five years.The upending of conventional wisdom that Democrats are politically constrained from promoting school reform and that Republicans are the ones pushing for big change goes beyond the de Blasio/Cantor match-up.

Read "Bill de Blasio Trounces Eric Cantor in the Biggest March Madness Upset Yet" here.


Ten Essential Policy Changes for a Truly Progressive Education System in New York City

In "Ten Essential Policy Changes for a Truly Progressive Education System in New York City," DFER recommends what key education issue areas Mayor de Blasio should take action on during his first four years in office. Income inequality is a central plank of the Mayor's agenda, but to fix this problem it is also crucial to address education inequity in NYC.

In the paper, DFER presents a 10-point approach for reducing income inequality and improving educational opportunities that focus on the following four issue areas:

Developing High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten: “Although it may be easier to stretch the city’s available funds in a rush to make pre-kindergarten universal, we urge Mayor de Blasio to maintain a careful focus on ensuring that every seat open to our youngest students is of the highest quality.”

Improving the Open Enrollment System For High Schools: “Although New York City officials are quick to claim to low-income families that open enrollment provides equal access to the city’s finest public schools, today’s complicated and unfair system erects barriers between high- and low-income neighborhoods and offers fewer choices to those who have been previously given fewer opportunities."


DFER IN Grades State Legislators' Actions on Ed Reform Policy


Devin Boyle | 202.445.0416 | Devin@dfer.org
Larry Grau | 317.696.6567 | Larry@dfer.org 


Democrats for Education Reform Indiana Grades State Legislators’ Actions on Ed Reform Policy
Releases Indiana Legislator Report Cards

Indianapolis, Indiana, June 27th, 2013 - Democrats for Education Reform Indiana (DFER-IN) released its “DFER-INtake: Legislator Assessment” evaluating state legislators’ actions relative to education reform bills in the 2013 General Assembly, organization officials announced today. 


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