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.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:00am
Rhode Island's law allowing citizens with concealed carry permits to carry guns on school property is inconsistent with the state’s otherwise prudent school-safety regulations. Yet firearms are banned in government buildings. Should not our children, in their schools, be afforded the same protections?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:55am
Throughout the education process, parents deserve to have a true picture of how their children are performing and whether they are prepared for college. Where a family lives, how much money it makes or its race or ethnicity should not dictate the quality of education a child receives. The Common Core initiative raises expectations for all children, including those who are struggling.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:50am
To this day, school buses are still not required to have seat belts. It seems hard to believe that we continue to allow children to travel to and from school in large buses with little protection other than the seat in front of them in the event of a crash.