Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:03am
Recently I attended two days of meetings in Kalamazoo, Michigan that gave me a new sense of optimism for the future of our public schools and our neediest students. It was another reminder to me that school reform is a wonderfully hopeful and iterative process, despite the political and rhetorical flare-ups it may inspire at times.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:58am
Retired San Diego State education professor Alberto Ochoa spent decades in academia but never forgot his own brush with public education as a Mexican immigrant student in Los Angeles. Now, he’s one of the advisers to San Diego’s new schools superintendent and continuing to speak out about the need for change.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:36am
Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and his wife created a scholarship for promising students from low-income backgrounds in his native Philadelphia, but the schools he saw while scouting for a movie location convinced him that handing out individual scholarships would do little to battle the systemic problems in education. So he traveled to schools and collected as much data on the subject as he could and came up with five keys to improving education and closing the gap in the U.S.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:30am
The influential Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its triennial study of global education systems, and once again, the U.S. earns bad grades. According to the study, American 15 year-olds tested were average in reading and science skills, and below-average in math.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:23am
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, during a visit to Las Vegas, urged Nevada to invest more in education. In town to speak at two national conferences, Duncan visited a local elementary school and high school. He also participated in a panel discussion and town hall about the state of education in the United States.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 3:17pm
Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane this morning outlined a two-year proposal which starts with nonpersonnel budget cuts in the district's central office in February and includes decisions by November on more school closings for 2015-16.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 3:15pm
The grant will enable EducationSuperHighway to get more schools to test their Internet speeds. So far, 26 state education departments -- but not California's -- have signed on to assess their schools' digital tools.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 3:13pm
JPS bus drivers marched down Watkins Drive today from Watkins Elementary School to Lake Hico Park while shouting their demands.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 3:10pm
For every component of the test the students reach a benchmark score on, the school will pay the student $50. If the student achieves an overall score of 22 or higher, they’ll get an extra $100.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 3:07pm
Four more organizations have submitted lengthy applications to the Maine Charter School Commission to open new schools next fall, including two that are vying to be Maine’s first statewide, Internet-based “virtual schools.”