ESSA, Historical Antecedents & the Future of Education

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern Where are we headed with ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) with the Trump Administration? Will ESSA bring about the much needed relief that will help teachers and students find balanced lives again? ¬†Or will the pressure to achieve continue? At a time when Finland is easing up on its[…]


Property Taxes and Education: Saving Prince William County Schools from being Inherently Inequitable

By Jordan Gilliard, CEI Intern¬† This is the first of a series of articles on inequities in education. In this article Jordan Gilliard addresses funding concerns in one school district in VA. As Ms. Gilliard says in her closing paragraph, “across the country, students of color are receiving a poorer quality than their white counterparts.[…]


Free Public Education is the Backbone of Democracy

By Christine Mason Historically, education in the US has served multiple functions. One of the important functions has been providing an access to knowledge and learning and a pathway to college or other post-secondary educational opportunities. In some ways, education has been an equalizer. Rather than rich families simply taking care of their own children,[…]


Hunger and Malnutrition in the US

By Christine Mason Did you know that: 20% of the population in Mississippi is “food insecure”? – the highest in the United States, followed by Arkansas (19%), Louisiana (18%), Alabama (19%), and Kentucky (17%) The poverty rate for children is 20% 19.4 million people in the US live in extreme poverty, which means that the[…]


CEI Repost: Why Aren’t All Kids in the Gifted Class?

CEI would like to put a spotlight on an insightful and gripping BrightReads article written by Kelly Burch titled, “Why Aren’t All Kids in the Gifted Class?: Too Often, Minority Kids are Shut Out.” She lays out how self-efficacy, racial biases, and policies focused on students’ weaknesses over strengths have contributed to minority students being[…]


National Call for Inclusive Values

CEI supports this call for inclusivity The following organizations have sent out a national call for inclusivity and the banishment of fear in our schools: The School Superintendents Association (AASA) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)[…]


A Post-Election Resource for Teachers

Editor: We are dismayed by the uptick in harassment and the fear that some children are now experiencing. Over the next few weeks, we plan to share resources that we believe will be particularly useful to schools. If you are still wondering, as a teacher, how to be what your students need after the 2016[…]