Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:46pm
For the last two winters and springs, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has grappled with Philadelphia School District budget holes in the hundreds of millions. But things changed last week with revenue proposals from Pennsylvania's governor and the city's mayor.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:15pm
To ensure a smoother transition when students switch schools, the Department of Defense education system plans to spend the next three to five years phasing in the Common Core. But it is also reviewing a study that could recommend drastic changes for its 60 campuses in the continental U.S.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:50am
Education is where Republicans can demonstrate that they’re serious about making sure opportunity extends to every American. The presidential candidates need to emphasize successful education reforms while explaining how little Washington has to do with them.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:23pm
The governor is again proposing to spend $2 million in scarce public dollars to fund vouchers for private and religious schools. The budget proposal is nearly identical to the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that has failed to gain legislative support for nearly a decade.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:20pm
Districts in the state currently can be divided into haves and have-nots based on incomes and property values. The wealthiest districts spend $1,800 more per student than the lower-income districts, resulting in higher achievement levels.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:24pm
A recent No Kid Hungry survey found that 76 percent of public school teachers reported students coming to school hungry regularly. Schools that have explored making minor tweaks to their free breakfast programs - such as serving breakfast in the classroom so it feels less shameful - have reported increased participation in the program.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:47pm
This is the canary in the coal mine. Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. There's a growing sense that teachers have less control over their professional lives in an increasingly bitter, politicized environment. One possible path out of this crisis is to pay teachers more.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:10pm
In a distributed leadership model, no one person at the top of the hierarchy makes all the decisions that will affect the work lives of the adults in the building. When done well, it can create a community of people on the same page. And when teachers feel valued and trusted, they are more likely to trust and empower their students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:05am
Florida's new testing regimen encourages fear and cynicism. This week's technological issues only fuel that fire, and they're not the full extent of the problem. It's time for a time-out.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:03am
The longer it takes to pass SB119, which allows school districts to extend construction bonding for 10 years, the greater the chance that some new schools won’t be complete in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.