Education Law Center, ETS and Learning Policy Institute (LPI) are proud to virtually convene leading experts on educational equity on Wednesday, November 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. ET to discuss the latest research on the impacts of increased education spending in PK -12 public education to improve student achievement.

The webinar, Money Matters: Evidence Supporting Greater Investment in PK-12 Public Education, will feature:

  • Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President & CEO of LPI and the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University
  • Dr. Rucker Johnson, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Dr. Jesse Rothstein, Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and professor of public policy and economics at the University of California, Berkeley

ETS President and CEO Amit Sevak will provide a welcome, and ELC Executive Director David Sciarra will moderate the discussion.

Topics that will be covered during the webinar include:

  • Research on the short- and long-term impacts of increased public school funding on both academic achievement and economic outcomes, especially for low-income students and students of color;
  • Recent evidence of the impact of California’s school finance reforms and how they might be adapted and implemented in other states;
  • Examples of how states can leverage federal funds to create greater equity through targeted investments in community schools, expanded learning time, culturally responsive curricula, workforce development, early education, and other essential resources.

Register for Money Matters: Evidence Supporting Greater Investment in PK-12 Public Education, here.

In most states, inequitable school funding is chronic and often severe, consistently short-changing students in underserved communities. These students lack access to high quality preschool, well-prepared teachers and support staff, curriculum and materials that foster deeper learning, safe and healthy facilities—features that are essential for schools to support student success. This inequity persists despite a large body of recent research that shows that increasing funding in schools and investing funds wisely and strategically improves a range of student outcomes.

With an infusion of COVID-19 related federal relief funds, many states have the opportunity to invest in the structural changes that will, over the long term, make schools more equitable and whole-child focused.

Education Law Center, founded in 1973, works to protect and strengthen the constitutional right of the nation’s school children to equal educational opportunity. ELC’s innovative advocacy is driven by the pursuit of equity and diversity to ensure all students an education that effectively prepares them to participate as citizens in a democratic society and as valued contributors to vibrant communities and a robust economy.

Founded in 2015, the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. LPI seeks to advance evidence-based policies at the local, state, and federal levels that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI works with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness.

ETS advances quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL®
and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series®
assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

Press Contact:

Sharon Krengel
Director of Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Communications
973-624-1815, x 240


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Press Contact:
Sharon Krengel
Director of Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Communications
973-624-1815, x240