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SEF Supports Mississippi Community Schools Planning & Implementation Grant Fund Program

Posted: 2/12/2019 2:38 PM

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.

Florida Decision Raises Enforcement Concerns About Equitable School Funding

Posted: 1/22/2019 3:39 PM

The January 4th Florida Supreme Court ruling raises enforcement concerns about equitable school funding efforts in the state. The court determined that neither claim was appropriate for determination by the court and that such matters were to be determined by the state legislature. The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is deeply disappointed that the lawsuit filed by Citizens for Strong Schools, a parent advocacy organization, was not allowed to proceed with full consideration and review by the Florida Supreme Court particularly considering that 59% of the current 4th-grade students in Florida are not on grade level in Reading. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Florida maintains a 26% 4th-grade reading performance gap between black and white students as well. There is nothing “uniform” or “high-quality” about these results.

School Safety Panel Recommends Reversal of Student Discipline Guidance

Posted: 12/19/2018 10:33 AM

On December 18th, 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.

Arming Teachers Does Not Make Students Safer

Posted: 8/30/2018 10:33 AM

SEF affirms its position against arming teachers as a way to address school safety, instead promoting the use of funds for early interventions.

A Debt Owed: Maryland Should Include HBCUs in its Free Community College Plan

Posted: 7/2/2018 10:31 AM

Hear the case for Maryland to expand its free community college law to include its four public HBCUs, which serve the same student population and often have better outcomes but have been historically marginalized. 

Brown v. Board of Education: Message for the Future

Posted: 5/14/2018 9:00 AM

Civil rights attorney and SEF President emeritus, the late Lynn Walker Huntley, provides an analytical look at the historic achievements of Brown v Board & its possible impact on the future.

Is School Funding Fair? An Analysis of School Finance Systems in 8 Southern States

Posted: 4/24/2018 3:10 PM

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.

SEF's Racial Equity Leadership Network Hosts Their Third Convening

Posted: 3/5/2018 2:39 PM

Fellows participating in the Racial Equity Leadership Network convened for their third learning session as part of their 18-month fellowship experience. See how humility, justice, and mercy play an integral part in their experience and how you or someone you know may become a part of this vital conversation as a district leader.

State Offers Settlement in Maryland HBCU Lawsuit Over Duplication of Signature Programs

Posted: 2/27/2018 11:22 AM

Raymond Pierce & DeShawn Preston provide an update on the Maryland HBCU discrimination suit and historical context on higher education desegregation litigation.

Adequate Funding for Schools Should Be Our First Priority

Posted: 2/26/2018 11:25 AM

With an estimated tax windfall of $5 billion over the next 5 years, GA has not devised a method for funding the state's signature education policy. This piece discusses the urgency of making equity-centered policy decisions that take all students into consideration.

The Promise and Potential of “Woke” HBCUs

Posted: 2/21/2018 3:41 PM

This essay, co-authored by Dr. Charlie Nelms and Dr. William B. Harvey, will focus on the contemporary role that HBCUs play in providing equitable educational opportunities for historically disenfranchised groups. The prerequisites that must be met in order for HBCUs to remain competitive and responsive will also be explored.

SEF's Collection of Essays Introduction

Posted: 2/21/2018 2:20 PM

SEF's President & CEO, Raymond Pierce, introduces our 150th Anniversary collection of essays by highlighting the value and urgency of calling upon thought leaders from a cross-section of fields to chart the future of education in the South by advancing promising solutions for our most pressing educational challenges.

SEF Celebrates 150 Years & Reflects on the Keys to Longevity

Posted: 10/27/2017 2:43 PM

SEF has persevered for 150 years picking up valuable organizational lessons applicable to other groups striving for excellence & longevity. SEF Director of Marketing & Communications, Autumn Blanchard, shares these lessons for long term success in this blog.

Welcome to SEF’s Blog!

Posted: 10/24/2017 5:28 PM

For 150 years, SEF has diligently worked to shift the education trajectory of the South by engaging in advocacy and leadership development while lifting up equity-informed analysis and solutions. We highlight not just the challenges we see in providing an excellent education to all students, but work to amplify what is working on a local, state and regional level. We hope through our blog and website we can provide a forum for learning, engaging and thinking through alongside our partners the sort evidence and solutions that are most important to improving education equity and outcomes for all.

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