Reform

9/23/2013

9/23/2013

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th District) introduced a bill that would require states seeking federal Homeland Security grants to mandate school emergency preparedness plans that meet federal guidelines.

9/23/2013

Supporters say the reason to get excited about TransformSC is the grassroots support it has generated since it was launched in May as a way to transform South Carolina by transforming the way children are taught.

9/23/2013

In Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement: Lack of Time, Resources, and Tools to Address Opportunity Gaps Puts Lofty State Goals Out of Reach, Weiss takes a comprehensive look at the Obama administration’s signature education initiative, and finds a few notable successes but many more shortcomings.

9/20/2013

9/20/2013

Fourteen Massachusetts schools designated "underperforming" in 2010 have met three-year turnaround goals and will shed their Level 4 status, but four turnaround schools could fall into state receivership, education officials said.

9/20/2013

The first Minneapolis mayoral debate, held recently, focused on schools. This is remarkable, because the mayor has no formal responsibility over Minneapolis Public Schools. However, with a Star Tribune poll earlier this month finding that public education tops the list of Minneapolis residents polled, the six participating candidates were quick to fill that void with advocacy.

9/18/2013

9/18/2013

Milwaukee Public Schools joins a growing number of districts that are eliminating traditional letter grades or untethering student behaviors from academic marks.

9/18/2013

Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement.

9/18/2013

Race to the Top has done little to help most states close achievement gaps, and may have exacerbated them, according to a new report by Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education.

9/17/2013

9/17/2013

A new proposal in the Michigan House of Representatives would set aside $10 million in state funds to help schools transition to a "year-round" calendar where students do not have the traditional lengthy summer break.

9/12/2013

9/12/2013

Diane Ravitch made her name in the 1970s as a historian chronicling the role of public schools in American social mobility. In the 1990s, she went to work in the Bush administration’s Education Department, where she pushed for a rejection of 1960s relativism and a return to basics and standards.

9/12/2013

Without effective policy, any principal could try any new grading experiment, and have all students in a school receiving grades from the “pilot” without board knowledge or approval, or even superintendent knowledge or approval.

9/12/2013

None of these so-called reforms has moved the needle in a positive direction. It’s outrageous that outside lobbyists peddle this long-expired brand of education to communities with the message that it will be the elixir for what ails their public schools.

9/11/2013

9/11/2013

Nearly a year after voters trounced Tom Luna’s Students Come First proposals in a referendum, the state schools superintendent acknowledged he did not do enough to make the plan transparent or to involve Idahoans.

9/10/2013

9/10/2013

Former state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said he felt “vindicated” by a new report on a grade-changing flap in Indiana that led to his resignation in Florida.

9/9/2013

9/9/2013

It is no secret today that U.S. public schools are slipping quickly behind other developed nations in every subject. This problem is not one of funding, it is a problem of politics in public education.

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