State and Federal Efforts to Combat Educational Inequity
Presenter: Jon Bernstein, President, Bernstein Strategy Group
Despite Brown v. Board of Education’s judgment that “separate but equal” schooling is unconstitutional, far too many of our nation’s low-income and minority students still attend underfunded and under-resourced public schools. This webinar will examine four areas of persistent educational inequity: funding, distribution of high quality educators, distribution of resources and staff, and school building infrastructure. We will investigate state and federal efforts to address these issues, delving into state laws and lawsuits over distributing tax revenues to schools, Title I funding, key provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal E-Rate and Lifeline programs, and school modernization initiatives. Attendees will gain an understanding of the broad landscape of funding and resource issues today’s public schools face and some of the state and federal initiatives that have been launched to ameliorate some of these inequities.
Jon Bernstein has worked on federal education, education technology and telecommunications issues since 1995 and has led BSG since 2005. Currently, he serves as the Co-chair of the Education & Libraries Networks Coalition and as the Executive Director for the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training. Amongst other clients, Jon is registered to lobby for the American Federation of School Administrators.