• Constitution Day 2022 Resources and Blog Series

    As we recognize Constitution Day this year, so much is stake—our institutions, our rights and our ability to teach—making these lessons about civics and democracy more important than ever. So the Albert Shanker Institute and Share My Lesson are launching a series of teach-ins on the Constitution and its principles, such as the rule of law; constitutional freedoms; the Civil War amendments, which dealt with slavery; voter rights; and tribal sovereignty. These teach-ins will provide content knowledge on the rights granted in the Constitution, with teachable strategies for the classroom, and will tackle the very issues eroding our democracy and freedoms today, from book banning to protests and more. Our country’s educators will continue to do their part to help ensure our children know the basic tenets of our democracy and why they’re worth protecting.*

    In honor of Constitution Day 2022, we have launched another blog series. Please check back for new additions to the series by experienced educators and other experts:

  • Ensuring Adequate Education Funding For All: A New Federal Foundation Aid Formula

    A proposal for and simulation of a new "foundation formula" approach to federal K-12 funding, one in which federal funds are allocated based not only on student need (as is currently the case), but also on “effort”—that is, whether states contribute a reasonable minimum "fair share" of their economies to their public schools.

  • Segregation and School Funding: How Housing Discrimination Reproduces Unequal Opportunity

    A descriptive analysis of the historical and contemporary relationship between racial segregation and K-12 school funding.

  • Voting Rights and Disability Rights Blog Series

    This blog series builds on an event ASI co-sponsored with The Century Foundation where U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and a distinguished group of experts discussed the threat to voting rights and why it is critical to protect them, especially for people with disabilities, and what Congress is considering doing to protect voting rights for all Americans.
  • The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems (fourth edition)

    A national evaluation of the K-12 school finance systems of all 50 states and D.C., published by researchers from the Albert Shanker Institute and Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

  • Constitution Day 2021 Blog Series

    In honor of Constitution Day (September 17th), this blog series invites teachers and leaders in the field of civics and democracy education to address the question: Why is it important to teach the Constitution?

  • Public and Private School Segregation in New York City

    This report presents an analysis of student segregation by race and ethnicity in New York City, focusing on segregation within and between the city's public and private school sectors.

  • The Adequacy of School District Spending in the U.S.

    This research brief presents key findings from a new database of funding adequacy in 12,000 U.S. public school districts published by researchers at ASI and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

  • The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems (third edition)

    This third edition of our annual report presents measures of the effort, adequacy, and fairness of each state's school finance system, using a public database compiled by researchers at ASI and Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

  • A New Deal: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Rebuilding Higher Education

    In this policy brief, four prominent scholars examine how public colleges and universities, after decades of underfunding, can cope with projected budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic.