Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy

Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

Large-scale public school closures have become a fact of life in many American cities, and that trend is not likely to stop now. This report

looks at what happens to the buildings themselves, studying the experiences of Philadelphia and 11 other cities that have decommissioned large numbers of schools in recent years: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa and Washington.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-St. Louis County-St. Louis, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Jackson County-Kansas City, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Cuyahoga County-Cleveland, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Hamilton County-Cincinnati, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Allegheny County-Pittsburgh, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Southern)-Georgia-Fulton County-Atlanta, North America-United States (Southern)-Oklahoma-Tulsa County-Tulsa

2008 Kresge Eminent Artist: Charles McGee

Arts and Culture, Education and Literacy

2008 Kresge Eminent Artist: Charles McGee

Contains artist's statement; writings about McGee's life, art, evolution as an artist, and contribution to the African-American and Detroit artists' communities; a Detroit area map of his works; c.v.; and information on the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan, North America-United States

Good for Teachers, Good for Students: The Need for Smart Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

Education and Literacy

Good for Teachers, Good for Students: The Need for Smart Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

Michigan school districts and charter schools are struggling to support teachers in building their skills, a report by the nonprofit Education Trust-Midwest found. "Good for Teachers, Good for Students" examines 28 local teacher evaluation models across Michigan and urges the state to make a new educator evaluation system a priority.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

Review of How School Choice Can Create Jobs for South Carolina

Education and Literacy, Government Reform

Review of How School Choice Can Create Jobs for South Carolina

Roy's review of the South Carolina report finds that it is built on seriously flawed assumptions and offers little insight into the effects of school vouchers. Roy writes that the report relies more on rhetoric and less on authentic research and concludes that it is significantly biased and of little value to policymakers.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-South Carolina, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

Cost Quandary, The

Education and Literacy;Government Reform

Cost Quandary, The

Illustrates the flaws and limitations in the school counseling and financial aid systems that prevent qualified low-income students from attending college, issues in the context of state budget woes, and students' concerns about growing debt burdens.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Western)-California;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

Arts Education in Michigan: Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Arts and Culture;Education and Literacy

Arts Education in Michigan: Fostering Creativity and Innovation

In the fall of 2011, Quadrant Arts Education Research, in partnership with Michigan Youth Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Department of Education, and ArtServe Michigan, began a statewide study of arts education in Michigan schools. The project was designed to create a never-before-available picture of arts education in Michigan and institute baseline information for tracking and measuring future progress. This landmark study provides essential data on student access, teacher training, assessment and accountability in arts education in K-12 schools in Michigan. The data provides the groundwork to drive future arts education policy decisions that effect all Michigan students.

The principals of 4163 schools, including 718 private and 293 charter schools, were asked to complete an online survey detailing numerous building-level specifics on arts education in their schools.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan

Shifting Gears Approach to Systems Change, The

Education and Literacy, Government Reform

Shifting Gears Approach to Systems Change, The

Evaluates the Shifting Gears initiative to strengthen state postsecondary, adult basic education, and skills development systems through data, policy change, engagement, and communications. Focuses on the logic model and the policy agenda and action plan.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois, Asia (Southeastern)-India, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin

Death By A Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

Death By A Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage

The members of Journey for Justice, are comprised of thousands of youth, parents, and other concerned citizens from comĀ­munities of color across the United States. They wrote this report because they need the American people to know that the public education systems in our communities are dying. More accurately, they are being killed by an alliance of misguided, paternalistic "reformers," education profiteers, and those who seek to dismantle the institution of public education. Some are being killed quickly; others are still in the early stages. But it is, at this point, quite clear that there will soon be little to nothing left of our public school systems -- and many more like ours -- unless current trends are disrupted.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota-Ramsey County-St. Paul, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts-Suffolk County-Boston, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Essex County-Newark, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Hudson County-Jersey City, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Passaic County-Paterson, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York-New York County-New York City, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Allegheny County-Pittsburgh, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia County-Philadelphia, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Southern)-Louisiana-Orleans Parish-New Orleans, North America-United States-Puerto Rico-Caguas

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