Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 4:18pm
The rationale behind calling for more nonfiction reading with the Common Core standards is that most of what students will be expected to read in college and at work will be informational. Although teachers feared that schools would cut the classics, others found the contemporary replacements — such as news articles and documentaries — engaged students more.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:09am
Concerned that education schools were turning out too many middling graduates, states have been introducing more difficult teacher licensing exams. But minority candidates have been doing especially poorly, jeopardizing a long-held goal of diversifying the teaching force so it more closely resembles the makeup of the country’s student body.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:52am
A new Assembly bill will not formally repeal the governor's former decree to limit local school districts's proposed state school finance reserves, but would render it functionally moot. By allowing districts to place unlimited amounts of money in a special reserve fund, they would be exempt from the new reserve limit.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:43am
Are charter schools at an inflection point? While education advocates fought about Common Core and teacher evaluations, charter schools continued to grow and now serve 6 percent of all public school students. The best path forward lies in education's messy middle – pairing growth with effective public oversight and policies promoting quality and equity.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:39pm
Only 26 out of nearly 200 Oregon school districts currently offer the free program to send fifth-year students to local community colleges. If all Oregon high school seniors had participated, they’d have cost the state around $1 billion. The program is simply unaffordable.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:13pm
Something had to be done to force improvements on the state’s worst-performing schools or students would continue to be penalized by leaders who can’t get the job done. The decision to institute a school receivership program should serve notice to those running failing schools that there is little time left for them to make dramatic changes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:43pm
One of Gov. Jerry Brown's most dramatic accomplishments has been his reform of the way California allocates money to public schools. But the state needs better, independent oversight of how the money is spent. The entire funding system should be assessed in several years to see whether it is bringing about better results.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:26am
Pretending that limiting school leaders' salaries will help fix New Jersey's financial woes is a dangerous game. In the end, it only serves to further harm the state's excellent public schools, which actually attract businesses, jobs and high-income families to the Garden State.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:12am
The legislature must enact strong laws that safeguard good governance in the state's largest school-choice program. In addition to greater financial transparency by charter schools, the Senate needs to halt low-performing charters bouncing between sponsors and take away financial incentives by requiring that sponsors spend payments from funding solely on oversight.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:55am
Even though Massachusetts' public schools consistently rank at or near the top in the nation for performance on NAEP math and reading exams, the state has nonetheless struggled with how to improve chronically low-performing districts like the one in the impoverished former mill town of Lawrence.