Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:15pm
Absent a significant threat, tight security instead projects a feeling of impending danger. U.S. school officials are often too quick to push such measures onto our children in terms of oversecuring schools against the threat of a shooting. Surveillance systems in schools need to be as unobtrusive as possible so as not to scare the children.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:55pm
The Palm Beach County school system is contemplating replacing letter grades with something more soft and nuanced. Depriving parents of a clear way to assess their child’s progress does no good for anyone, and sparing a child the indignity of a bad grade deprives him of the opportunity to learn at an early age how to deal with life’s demands and disappointments.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:42pm
California's new reserve cap is counter to local control and responsibility, requiring every California district to spend down their existing reserves. How can we ask districts to take responsibility for their operations, facilities, programs, employees and students without giving them the ability to practice prudent financial management?
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:21pm
Last week, the ACLU and CLASI filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights showing that the implementation of the Charter School Law of 1995 has had a discriminatory impact on students of color and students with disabilities in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:10pm
To middle-school students and their parents, the high-school admissions process is a grueling and universally loathed rite of passage. But as awful as it can be, it used to be much worse.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:07pm
The American school system today is an offshoot of an increasingly class-driven society.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:17am
Private school choice can lend a helping hand to public educators. District leaders, lawmakers and educators should view vouchers as a means to developing a stronger public-private partnership in Ohio to move education forward.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:35pm
Children from different economic backgrounds behave differently in classrooms, according to a new study. For example, working class kids are less likely to ask for help from teachers than are their middle class counterparts. And when they do ask for help, they’re less aggressive about it.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:10am
Because of today's teaching challenges, new teachers need to be helped and mentored beyond the first year by experienced teachers. So, before we place the focus of teacher reform solely on the shoulders of schools of education, let's not forget the role and professional responsibilities of K12 personnel.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:02am
Student-based allocation won’t solve every problem facing Seattle’s schools, but it will take the important step of giving decision-making power to those who know each school community most intimately.