Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:32pm
In the little more than a year since Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed her to lead the city’s Education Department, Ms. Fariña has presided over a methodical dismantling of the policies of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s first and last chancellors, Joel I. Klein and Dennis M. Walcott.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:26pm
A popular video game provides a new medium for educators and students to unleash their creativity.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:40am
While teachers are spending weeks getting themselves and their students up to speed on the latest standards and standardized tests, they’re missing opportunities to build a curriculum that reflects the skills, talents and opportunities of their students, their regions and their communities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:35am
To require that Oregon high schools give full schedules to four out of every five students without a way of funding it will only make already large class sizes even larger. This unfunded mandate is likely to fail unless much greater investment in public education is made.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:38am
Some say it's about building more great schools and developing great teachers who transform kids' lives. Vocal critics often cite that more needs to be done to address poverty, which remains the single greatest correlate of education outcomes. Why can't we do both?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:24am
Allowing guns on Nevada's school campuses has its obvious drawbacks. But recent school shootings are clear evidence that “gun-free zones” are ineffective at stopping violence at schools. Since there are not enough cops to patrol all schools, finding the right policy that both protects rights and ensures safety is difficult.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:16am
What policy leaders and lawmakers need to assess is how much control they are willing to give up in order to grant sufficient latitude to teachers and administrators to take risks in designing study plans and class structures.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:48pm
We often say we want creativity and innovation – personalization – but every mechanism we use to measure it is through control and compliance.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:37pm
What will be the impact of the current mandates for teachers, families and the wider society in the long haul if policymakers continue with the kindergarten standards from the Common Core? How many children will only do what is required to complete assigned tasks and become disengaged from the learning process?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:28pm
Texas public schools are adrift in a sea of red ink. Voters bear some responsibility for Texas' emerging local debt crisis as they have approved most school bond proposals over the years. But with the absence of pertinent financial information at the ballot box, it's little wonder that local debt has become a major problem.