Reform

1/12/2012

1/12/2012

Nearly 90% of New Mexico schools failed last year to make adequate progress according to the No Child Left Behind Act.

1/12/2012

In a progress report Tuesday on New York's Race to the Top grant, the U.S. Education Department said it has concerns about the state's lack of recent progress on new data and teacher-evaluation systems.

1/11/2012

1/11/2012

The U.S. Department of Education released a state-specific report profiling Delaware's first-year progress on comprehensive education reform under Race to the Top. Reports on 11 other states also were released.

1/10/2012

1/10/2012

Just in time for the law's 10th anniversary this past Sunday, House Republicans led by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) have released draft legislation for revamping the No Child Left Behind Act. The bills would ease the federal government's grip on public schools, but are unlikely to be passed.

1/10/2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann may have stepped aside last week in Iowa, but at least in terms of education her beliefs continue to be well represented among the remaining GOP candidates.

1/10/2012

The nation's public schools have been battered by a continuing stream of bad news in the past few years, challenging what at one time was considered one of the world's leading education systems.

1/9/2012

1/9/2012

Merging the state’s 800-plus school districts into a more manageable number could cost nearly $4 billion, according to a recent report that may kill any chance that a commission looking for ways to improve Illinois education will recommend a major consolidation.

1/9/2012

As the Marion County School Board and Superintendent Jim Yancey continue to prepare for a proposed four-day school week, we are witnessing a public-policy travesty unfold.

1/9/2012

Chicago schools that voted for a longer day starting in January will add that extra 90 minutes daily when students return to classes Monday.

1/6/2012

1/6/2012

2012 has the potential to bring relatively big changes to San Francisco’s public schools, due in most part to a November ballot that will be full of interesting and significant choices.

1/5/2012

1/5/2012

An education administrator from Vermont has been named as the first executive director of a Connecticut nonprofit group created by state business leaders to push school reform ideas.

1/3/2012

1/3/2012

Soon after State Superintendent Cindy Hill took office in January, she vowed to make the Wyoming Department of Education less about compliance and more about instruction. She also warned department employees she would take risks and do new things.

1/2/2012

1/2/2012

During her first six years of teaching in this city’s struggling schools, Tiffany Johnson got a series of small raises that brought her annual salary to $63,000, from about $50,000. This year, her seventh, Ms. Johnson earns $87,000.

1/2/2012

Plans for a new teacher rating system for New York City schools that would include measures of student performance—a hallmark of national education reform efforts—were dealt a setback on Friday after negotiations broke down between the city and the teachers union.

The failure to reach an agreement before a year-end deadline had an immediate, if minimal, effect: The state suspended a program to funnel nearly $60 million in federal funds to the city to improve a small number of troubled schools. The money represents less than 0.3% of the Department of Education's annual budget.

1/2/2012

One of the many reasons that people have lost trust in our nation's economic and political system is the inequality of economic opportunities afforded to our citizens.

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