The Bulletin Board | Educators for Excellence

Educators for Excellence | May 2019

When it comes to school funding, teachers want two things: for schools to have enough resources to cover basic needs (ahem, more copy paper to start!) and for those resources to be targeted towards the students who need them most. 

Well… and we know you won’t find this shocking... that’s not happening.

Nonwhite school districts get $23 billion less than white districts. Yes, that is $23 BILLION, which is super messed up and, frankly, unacceptable. 

A new report from EdBuild shines a much-needed spotlight on this harsh injustice and what it means for kids. The report takes readers on an interactive journey (the website is seriously awesome) showing how systemic, intentional segregation benefits the privileged few. Borders around small, wealthy communities have been created to allow individual districts to amass resources.

In fact, according to Ed Trust, nationally, our highest poverty school districts receive about $1,000 less per student in state and local funding than districts with the least poverty.

These are especially appalling statistics to consider as we approach the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that found racial segregation of public schools unconstitutional. 

This needed to get fixed yesterday.

No one knows better than teachers that behind these numbers are real people with real stories, and they’re hurting. E4E-Minnesota member and rock star Monica Johnson has been in the classroom for more than 20 years and has seen how this funding gap can squash a child’s future. Check out Monica’s story in the latest edition of Chalk Talk, where she shares why this shameful system keeps her up at night.

Data shows that almost every teacher is feeling the squeeze of inequity.

In 2018, a crew of E4E educators designed our nationwide survey of teachers, which had some interesting findings. Substantial majorities of teachers believe inequitable school funding (84%), access to classrooms supplies and resources (81%), and access to properly maintained school facilities (69%) are all problems in their own states.

And in an E4E member survey last month, an overwhelming 94% of our readers (educators and supporters like you) said they supported higher salaries for teachers in schools serving high-needs populations. 

That’s why teachers like Monica are speaking out. 

Every teacher knows money matters (and the research confirms it!). In each of our chapters, educators have worked to put a spotlight on this issue so our kids can get the support they deserve.

E4E teachers in Chicago helped revamp the most inequitable school funding formula in the nation. Booyah!

Not to be outdone, in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Boston, and Minnesota, E4E teachers came up with fresh ideas on how to overhaul their state’s funding streams to make sure every kid can attend excellent schools. 

If you’re a visual person, definitely check out how E4E members in Minnesota illustrated the appalling disparities between two real schools in their district to show why change cannot wait.

And just last month, E4E-New York teachers made it rain, successfully advocating for a $7,200 raise in teacher salaries to attract and keep great teachers in schools serving the most vulnerable students. 

Don't let these teachers fight this battle on their own. Join them!

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month this May, let's voice our need for equitable school funding and the impact ignoring the problem has on our students and our profession. 

Like Monica says, “people outside of the classroom don’t understand the impact of funding on kids.” One of the easiest things you can do to make an impact on this issue is simply sharing ED Build's report with your colleagues and friends so they can better understand this complicated issue. 

Here’s how to do that: Share on Facebook, Share on Twitter, download image to post on Instagram

And as you’re getting ready for the end of the school year…

Remember that survey question about how educators support higher salaries for teachers in high-needs schools? Ok, maybe not. But that data came directly from you, the folks who read our emails. 

So, answer the survey question below to make sure next month’s Bulletin Board on teacher diversity counts your voice!

Should states commit specific funding toward the recruitment, development, and retention of teachers of color?

Thanks for your time and your voice. 

Until next time, have a FANTASTIC Teacher Appreciation Month!

— The E4E Team

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