Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:37pm
School finance formulas include additional state and federal funding for poor kids. But those agreements were struck when lower-income kids were in the minority. What happens as low-income children become the majority nationally? Education practices, policies and financing must adjust to growing numbers of needy families and children.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:04pm
Better jobs, better wages, better infrastructure, early childhood education, more resources for the most burdened schools, universal access to health care. Those things alleviate poverty. And that, in turn, gives schools a fighting chance.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:14pm
Advocacy groups worry that if states are given more flexibility around testing, at-risk students will slip through cracks.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:08pm
About two-thirds of the 12,000 displaced students who re-enrolled in the district chose to enroll at the school designated for them by the district. But the majority of students who enrolled in schools other than their assigned replacement wound up in lower-performing schools.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:29am
Activity around renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has reached a fevered pitch and President Obama further elevated education to the national agenda with a focus on making community colleges free and protecting student privacy.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:17am
The report, "The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook," released by Excelencia in Education, paints a more accurate profile of Latino students, one spotlighting achievement and countering misperceptions and myths.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:27pm
The new California funding formula can be read to encourage school districts to keep students classified as English learners longer than necessary to receive more money. The state should remove this incentive by altering the formula to allow districts to continue to receive grants for students at least two years after they are reclassified.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:27am
The state constitution only requires a person running for state superintendent be at least age 25, a U.S. citizen and a qualified elector. Perhaps when the state was in its infancy, those qualifications were enough. But we need to require more qualifications by appointing, rather than electing, a superintendent of public instruction.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:16am
Half of the state's kindergartners started this school year lacking basic skills they need to be ready to succeed in school, according to the results of a statewide readiness test. The findings statewide and in local school districts showed that not much has changed since last year's results.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:10pm
How might schools better equip students with a shortage of guidance counselors? One solution is to bring in mentors who take pressure off the overwhelmed guidance counselors. Retirees are one great source of talent — they have the experience, time and wisdom.