achievement gap

Is Common Core Cutting-Edge Education or Just Use of a Dull Blade?

Talk to Melissa Colsman and you know she's a teacher, even before she tells you she once taught math. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Education's Teaching and Learning Unit makes a compelling case for what public schools need.

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Is Michigan Delivering Quality Public Education?

Let’s be clear, a child who does not receive a quality education today will become an adult without much of a future tomorrow. If we allow children to rot in historically failing schools, we all will suffer.

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N.J. School Chiefs Take Issue with Peer Group Rankings Report

The N.J. Dept. of Education shook the education world Wednesday when it released a new multi-page "School Performance Reports," that provides an analysis of the state’s schools in detail never before seen, including the percentage of middle school kids chronically absent; the percentage that took algebra in middle school; and more.

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Old Program Resurrects Debate on Student Equity

W.Va. Chamber of Commerce Experiences Technology in Education

The Beckley-Raleigh (W.Va.) County Chamber of Commerce visited kindergarteners at Beckley Elementary and saw first-hand how they are learning to read using technology from MimioSprout. Such technology is meant to better engage students and ultimately improve the county’s assessment score, attendance rates, and graduation rates, as well as prepare children to compete globally in their chosen fields.

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Chicago Schools Chief Lashes Back at Critics Who Call Closings Racist

Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Wednesday fired back at critics who have called the district's plan to close more than 50 schools racist because most are in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

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What’s Really Wrong with America’s Education System

It’s amazing how education reform was suddenly transformed into the Democrats’ key domestic policy issue. Consider the Democratic strategy for urban education in America so far: Dump millions and billions of our tax dollars down the ratholes of failing school districts in the name of saving our children, a tactic which has consistently failed for two generations.

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Lincoln and Liberal Education

Lincoln, self-educated, a versatile and critical thinker, questioned prevailing assumptions of his day, and, in his search for truth, drew upon mathematical axioms as a storehouse of principles he might apply to his political philosophy. This is what liberally educated people do.

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Technology Increases Divide Between Rich and Poor Students

There are new numbers today about just how deep the technology gap is when you compare richer and poorer school districts in America. A new study by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project finds that 8 out of 10 teachers think technology is leading to wider disparities between the haves and have-nots.

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Technology Presents New Educational Opportunities for Latino Youth

Two recent events underscored the importance of utilizing digital tools to inspire students and demonstrated the intersection between technology and education. On March 5th, AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Association, HACEMOS, held the 15th annual High Tech Day in 31 cities across the country. The same week, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report that revealed how teachers are using technology in their classrooms to enhance learning and engage students.

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