Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:45am
When professional, proven educators learn they’ll have to return to school, pay thousands of dollars in tuition and even student teach to become licensed in Minnesota, it’s not surprising that many teachers choose not to come to the state. Legislators need to establish more fair and transparent pathways to licensure for out-of-state teachers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:35am
It’s said what isn’t tested isn’t taught. Since the decision to postpone instituting passage of the U.S. history test as a high school graduation requirement, entire middle school social studies departments have been eliminated and history courses are being taught by English, math and science teachers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:25am
The Metro Nashville Public School Board needs to adopt tougher accountability and transparency standards for charters. The proliferation of new charters in the Nashville metro area is forcing existing under-funded public schools to compete for the same taxpayer dollars without proper checks and balances.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:22am
What’s on kids’ school-lunch trays can have an impact that reaches far beyond the cafeteria — even to the frontlines where America's men and women serve. Nearly one in three young adults is too heavy to serve in the military. We should continue to support schools that are having a tougher time meeting healthier standards.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:42pm
Distraction, miscommunication of hand signals, poor visibility, slick roads and other variables may be in play when children cross a road to get on the bus. Levying stronger punishments can't correct for human error, only a system change will. Bus routes can be arranged to pick up and drop off children on the door side only.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:34pm
Any realist admits that we're not going to succeed in "stopping" school violence because doing so is too high of an expectation. However, if prevention, awareness and effective threat assessment in schools are integral parts of our dialogue, then we might be as close as we can get to cessation.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:50pm
High-schooler Audrie Pott killed herself after three boys sexually assaulted her. Her parents have worked to turn the tragedy of their daughter’s suicide into hope for reform. At least two of the boys have agreed to talk to teens to help promote change as part of a settlement, but that could pose problems, experts say.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:07pm
During her four years as Secretary of State and the last two years giving speeches and promoting her memoir, “Hard Choices,” she has said little about education issues.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:04pm
Kids who receive early childhood education are more likely to read at grade level, less likely to repeat a grade or require special education, more likely to earn a high school diploma, less likely to become teenage parents, require public assistance, abuse drugs or end up in jail.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:02pm
There is urgency in today’s highly global, competitive economy to address the crisis in education and workforce preparation, and a critical opportunity to capitalize on the hours beyond the school day to prepare students for college and promising careers.