Reform

5/29/2013

5/29/2013
Contract negotiations between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and its teachers union have yet to start, but the campaign to win the hearts and minds of the city’s residents has been in full swing for weeks. For both sides, the stakes could not be higher.

5/28/2013

5/28/2013

Angela Vickers has one of the toughest jobs in the Hillsborough County school district. She's principal of a middle school, arguably the hardest age to teach. And by state standards, hers is the lowest-performing among more than 200 schools.

5/28/2013

Officials here in the third-largest district in the country voted, after an emotional meeting, to close 49 public schools that they said were not being fully used.

5/23/2013

5/23/2013
Members of Florida's State Board of Education are getting an update on a series of education measures that were passed by the Florida Legislature this session.
5/23/2013
In explaining the patterns, the report pointed to Arkansas's small size that allows grassroots politics to have an impact on policy, the fact that advocacy groups work remarkably well together in coalitions, and a distinctly depoliticized state judiciary that allowed state courts the independence to make tough decisions, in addition to the state's populist political culture
5/23/2013
Research suggests that students whose parents are involved in their schooling make better grades and are more likely to go to college, and some states -- with California leading the way of course -- are passing parent trigger laws that give parents much more power to intervene when local schools are failing.

5/22/2013

5/22/2013
In Connecticut, where Gov. Dannel Malloy has taken a leadership role in transforming urban education, diversity is the missing ingredient that has likely resulted in the tepid result unveiled at Hartford Public School’s 2013 State of the Schools symposium at the Bushnell Theater earlier this month.
5/22/2013
Pressured for months by teachers, community leaders and aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked school board is nonetheless expected on Wednesday to approve closing all but a few of the 53 elementary schools the administration wants to shut down.
5/22/2013
As hearings start this week on a Columbus school-district reform bill, an earlier proposal allowing for a state takeover of the state’s largest district is likely to vanish.

5/21/2013

5/21/2013
In Bullitt County, some B students soon could become A students — not based on improvements in their work, but rather because of a change in the grading scale.
5/21/2013
In the latest effort to boost student performance, the Minneapolis school district wants to give more autonomy to individual schools. Under the effort, schools would have discretion over budgeting, hiring, scheduling and curriculum.

5/20/2013

5/20/2013
The governor’s education reform program, which just completed its first school year, appears out of danger concerning loss of support in the upcoming two-year budget.
5/20/2013
Warning that the fate of New York City education was “hanging in the balance,” Dennis M. Walcott, the schools chancellor, suggested on Saturday that the school system was at risk of falling into disarray in the hands of a new mayor.
5/20/2013
When groups representing educators discuss the achievement gap, they often say, “We know what works.’’ Far too often, though, that knowledge fails to produce results.

5/17/2013

5/17/2013

The American Humanist Association threatened to sue Missouri’s Fayette School District and several school officials on Wednesday for their alleged roles in holding morning religious ceremonies with students on school grounds every week for at least the last year.

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