Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 11:03am
Former state Rep. Annette Polly Williams, a key figure in making Wisconsin the first state with a school choice program, spoke out against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the program to at least nine more school districts. A blog post on Williams' criticisms prompted George Mitchell, a longtime school choice advocate and contributor to Walker's campaign since 2009, to call Williams racist.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:39am
Jeb Bush praised charter schools and slammed traditional public schools and teachers unions in a speech at a Macinac (Mich.) school Wednesday, saying that public education “dumbs down standards to make adults look better," a phrase often used by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:37am
The Chicago Teachers Union and a group of parents are asking a circuit court to block the school board from shutting down 10 city schools. In a lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Chicago Public Schools violated its own guidelines by disregarding the recommendations of independent hearing officers who objected to the closures.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:03am
The Poughkeepsie City School District Board of Education appointed Nicole Williams, currently the senior deputy superintendent for academic services and chief academic officer for the St. Louis Public Schools, as superintendent, effective July 1.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 9:49am
School officials across the country responded to a surge in juvenile crime during the 1980s and the Columbine High School shootings a decade later by tightening disciplinary policies and increasing the number of police patrolling public schools. But these policies have not made schools safer, and we need to chart a new course in school discipline.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 9:31am
A new plan by Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson will help remedy some of the worst educational inequities in the nation and raise the bar for K12 education in Minnesota.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 9:17am
Six board members, excluding Trustee Frances L. Hayes, submitted evaluations and gave superintendent Deborah Hunter-Harvill a combined score of 53.9 percent out of 100. That rating is "minimally effective" based on 12 categories such as relationship with the board, educational leadership and progress toward the school improvement plan.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 9:11am
Sioux Falls (S.D.) school district superintendent Pam Homan has agreed to a 4.87 percent salary increase next school year, passing up an additional $6,592 increase tied to the new teacher agreement.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 9:00am
Weiner came out swinging at his debate debut recently on an issue on the minds of many middle-class voters in New York: education. By tying his comments on education to the spat he recently had with Cuomo, Weiner guaranteed that his comments would make the papers.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 8:55am
More than 40 percent of New Jersey's students saw traditional holidays, such as Martin Luther King Day or President's Day, cancelled this year. A quarter had a shortened spring break. And 40 percent will remain in classrooms longer this month, with lessons stretching well into June and some graduations pushed back later into the month, all thanks to Superstorm Sandy.