Federal Report Looks at Crime and Safety in Schools
January 2, 2015 -- One of the top expectations parents have of schools is that they be safe and secure. Mothers don’t want their sons to be threatened or hurt; fathers don’t want their daughters taunted or bullied, and everyone wants schools where learning can occur without fear, disruption, or disorder.
A new federal report describes how well schools are meeting those expectations. Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 offers the most recent data on what it describes as “the current state of school crime and safety across the nation.”
The document examines the data through various filters, including the type of school students attend. One measure worth noting: In 2011, “approximately 19 percent of students ages 12–18 attending public schools reported that gangs were present at their school, compared with 2 percent of students attending private schools.”
Find out more about the report in the January issue of CAPE Outlook.
Also in Outlook:
- Marco Rubio and Condoleezza Rice Promote Parent Choice
- Experts Discuss School Accountability
- School War Truce
- Black Male Success in College
- And Much More...
December 16, 2014 -- President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress passed last week. The bill funds most government programs through September 2015.
The following table provides funding levels for key programs affecting private school students and teachers.
|Federal Education Spending Levels (in millions of dollars)
Various Programs Affecting Private Schools
|FY 2014 Final||Obama Proposal||FY 2015 Final|
|Career Education (Perkins Act)||$1,117||$1,117||$1,117|
|Community Learning Centers (IV-B)||$1,149||$1,149||$1,152|
|English Language Acquisition (III-A)||$723||$723||$737|
|Math & Science Partnerships (II-B)||$150||$0||$153|
|Special Education (IDEA Part B-611)||$11,473||$11,573||$11,498|
|Migrant Education (I-C)||$375||$375||$375|
|Teacher Quality (II-A)||$2,350||$0||$2,350|
|Title I (grants to LEAs)||$14,385||$14,385||$14,410|
December 2, 2014 -- It’s tough to bring an audience of no-nonsense businesspeople, policy advocates, and legislators to tears, but that’s exactly what Denisha Merriweather managed to do last month with an inspiring story of triumph over adversity.
Denisha beat the odds. During moving remarks at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform, she recounted a life of challenge: born into poverty, disruptive in class, held back twice, and hating school. Her likely path was that of so many similar students: dropping out, having a baby, and spending the rest of her life “trying to make ends meet.”
But a caring godmother, Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, and Esprit de Corps Center for Learning in Jacksonville “changed everything,” said Denisha. “The teachers there challenged me to make the honor roll, and I embraced that challenge. The school’s small size and faith-based environment made me feel welcome. For the first time in my life, I woke up in the morning looking forward to school.”
Find out more about Denisha's inspiring story in the December issue of CAPE Outlook.
Also in Outlook:
- Parents Make Strides in Midterm Elections
- 400 Issues and 40 Years of Outlook
- Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization Signed into Law
- National Distinguished Principals Named
- And Much More...
November 3, 2014 -- The headlines in early October captured some of the story: “2014 SAT Scores Remain Stagnant,” “Student Performance Stalls on SAT.” They reflected what the College Board itself reported: SAT scores for the 2014 crop of high school graduates were stubbornly stuck at levels “similar to other recent senior classes.”
But the fixation on stagnation largely ignored another important element of the story: scores varied significantly by the type of school students attended. It turns out that students who graduated from religious and independent schools had scores that substantially outdistanced those of students in public schools and actually helped lift the national average. Mean SAT scores for public school seniors were 492 in reading, 478 in writing, and 501 in math. Comparable scores for students in independent schools were 535, 542, and 580. Meanwhile, students in religious schools scored 533, 527, and 537 (see table).
Find out more about how private school students did on the SATs in the November issue of CAPE Outlook.
Also in Outlook:
- New Webinar Helps Schools Develop Their Value Narratives
- Satellite Broadcast Delivers Professional Development
- Private Schools Heal Divisions
- School Starter Checklist
- Court Upholds Textbook Aid
October 6, 2010 -- Acknowledging a strong personal connection with private education, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met twice with religious and independent school leaders last month—first with CAPE’s board of directors September 21 and then, the following day, with attendees at a private school leadership conference sponsored by the Education Department’s Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE).
“I am a product of a phenomenal private school,” Duncan said at the ONPE event. “And a big reason why I went into education is that I knew every day growing up how lucky my sister and brother and I were to go to an extraordinary school.”
Striking a similar theme at the CAPE meeting, the secretary said he had “tremendous respect” for the schools that CAPE represents--schools that collectively do “an extraordinary job of educating children around the country.”