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SEF Supports Critical Mississippi Community Schools Proposed Legislation

With a commitment to Community Schools, low-income students in Mississippi could receive the critical non-academic support needed for them to be successful in and out of the classroom. That's why SEF supports HB1405, a bill to establish a grant for Community Schools in the state.
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Recalculating the School Funding Formula with Equity in Mind

SEF discusses recalculating the school funding formula with equity in mind and what it could mean for the children of the South. See the recommendations provided for Texas lawmakers who have the opportunity to overhaul their K-12 funding formula after 30 years of minor changes. Will they make the education investment necessary to secure a promising future for all children?
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A Black History Month Tribute: Daisy Bates & The Little Rock Nine

A highlight of the trailblazing efforts of Daisy Bates & the Little Rock Nine who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1954. Their actions set an important precedent for desegregation efforts across the South and the nation. Visit www. southerneducation.org to learn more.
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Florida Supreme Court Decision Raises Concerns About Enforcement of Equitable School Funding

Ruling Made Against Education Advocates in 9-Year Long Case
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School Safety Panel Recommends Reversal of Student Discipline Guidance

The Federal Commission on School Safety released a report recommending eliminating Obama-era civil rights guidance. SEF believes this is unwise and endangers at-risk populations, including low-income students and students of color who are suspended at disproportionate rates.
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Local Control of Schools Is Important in Black Communities

"It’s debatable whether states consistently have the ability to address and correct deficiencies in local school governance, and much of the criticism is just on that point — that student achievement shows no signs of measurable improvement following a state takeover."
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National Charities Give Less to the U.S. South

SEF VP, Dr. Leah Austin, helps shed light on the philanthropic community's limited funding in the American South in this OZY article.
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New SEF Brief: "Unexpected Hurdles"

Inside perspective from students on the unanticipated pressures college affordability places on their ability to succeed in higher education & how thoughtful policy change can drive change for students.
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Untold Barriers for Black Students in Higher Education

This report addresses developmental education approaches that serve as major barriers and disproportionately impact Black students in higher education, while also addressing opportunities for success that are often overlooked.
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A Debt Owed: Maryland Should Include HBCUs in its Free Community College Plan

Hear the case for Maryland to expand its free community college law to include its four public HBCUs, from which have been historically excluded from reaping the financial benefits even though they serve the same student population and often have comparable outcomes.
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Arming Teachers Does Not Make Students Safer

SEF affirms its position against arming teachers as a way to address school safety.
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The Race Toward Education Equity: Governors Races

Governors play a very important role in directing a state’s education policy. For this reason, SEF has compiled critical education policy stances on the Democratic and Republican candidates running for various governorships in the South for the 2018 election.
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SEF Welcomes its new Director of Government Affairs

Join us in welcoming Fred Jones, our new Director of Government Affairs, who will be helping SEF advance sound & equitable education policy at the local, state, and regional levels.
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SELI 2018: Student & Community Impact

We applaud each of the 10 emerging leaders that participated in SELI this summer and their dedication to equity and positive community change. See the recipient of our Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award and hear directly from our fellows on the impact the experience had on them.
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Southern Policy & Practice Network Kick-Off

On July 24th-25th in Atlanta, GA, SEF held the kick-off convening for the Southern Policy & Practice Network. See how advocates from FL, GA, MS, NC, TN, & TX benefited from our time together.
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#HowIdLead Video Scholarship

SEF supplied a $1,000 one-time scholarship award to five Little Rock School District seniors to help them prepare for the transition from high school to college.
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The Impact of Politics on Education

Read how recent political events have negatively impacted Georgia public schools & why its incumbent upon policymakers and citizens to take an active interest in putting students above politics.
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Is School Funding Fair? An Analysis of School Finance Systems in Eight Southern States

In this thoughtful analysis, David Sciarra & Theresa Luhm look at four indicators in eight southern states to illustrate the need for renewed commitment to education spending in these states.
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Public School Grad Greater Atlanta Arts Showcase

SEF, along with 100 Black Men of Atlanta, joined the Schott Foundation for Public Education on Apr. 26th to showcase the artistic talent of local public school students & celebrate the role public school has and continues to play in educational success.
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Promise & Potential of "Woke" HBCUs

In this compelling piece, Dr. Charlie Nelms and Dr. William B. Harvey make the case for an even greater focus on the community as HBCUs look to continue their respective missions into the future.
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State Offers Settlement in Maryland HBCU lawsuit

Learn the latest update on the Maryland HBCUs discrimination suit.
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Reimagining the Classroom

Brian Williams of Georgia State University shares his powerful story of how disenfranchisement in the classroom motivated his journey to become an equity-centered educator.
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New President & CEO

Join us in welcoming our new president & CEO, Raymond C. Pierce.
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Keeping the Dream Alive: A Case for DACA

SELI Fellow, Victor Cuicahua tells the powerful story of how DACA changed the trajectory of his educational future and makes the case for keeping the policy, in this USA Today article.
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EJN Organizing & Policy Toolkit

In commemoration of the Dec. 10th Anniversary of ESSA, EJN releases its Organizing & Policy Toolkit.
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Investing in the Future: Lessons on Advancing Institutional Effectiveness from HBCUs

SEF engaged a group of 13 HBCUs in a study aimed at identifying issues of capacity and practice that contribute to institutional effectiveness at those HBCUs.
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Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools Into Thriving Schools

Curious as to what a Community School is? Find out why wrap-around services that treat the whole child is the best way to educate.
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Voucher & Tax Credit Scholarships Video

The future of public education in the United States is at a critical crossroads. Watch this video to learn how the growing trend of sending public money to private schools through vouchers and tax credit scholarships threatens public education.
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New Vision for Collaborative Solution to Replace Takeover Approach

Investing in What Works: Community-driven Strategies for Strong Public Schools

Annenberg Institute & SEF Present New Vision for Collaborative Solutions to Replace Takeover Approach
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Navigating the New Normal Toolkit

Check out SEF's newest toolkit focused on maintaining the financial health of Minority-Serving Institutions.
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A New Majority Research Bulletin

Low income student are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation's public schools.
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SEF Supports Mississippi Community Schools Planning & Implementation Grant Fund Program

With a commitment to Community Schools, low-income students in Mississippi could receive critical non-academic support needed for them to be successful in and out of the classroom. That's why SEF supports HB1405, a bill introduced by Rep. Abe Hudson, to establish a grant for Community Schools in the state. Read More

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