Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:28pm
The disastrous $1 billion iPad rollout by LAUSD in September 2013 provided a cautionary tale to districts looking to spend public dollars on technology and digital curriculum. But below the surface of the news stories were thousands of kids feeling hurt by the way they were portrayed by the media and the school district’s lack of trust in them.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:50am
Schools need to educate parents about the warning signs of bullying, the mood and behavior changes that indicate a student is being victimized. They need to educate students and parents about the limitations of official responses, to let victims know not to expect immediate and dramatic intervention but to understand the importance of speaking up.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:45am
Proposals to add substantial funding for public education were whittled down to an increase that doesn’t even keep pace with inflation and still leaves the state $5 billion below the funding level of 2008 in terms of real purchasing power.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:40pm
In the end, Senate leaders had no interest in dealing with school finance during the 2015 legislative session, while House leaders did not want the Senate’s $100 million plan to let public school students transfer to private or religious schools at state expense.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 11:22am
Despite its lack of validity and untested predictive value, the Smarter Balanced Consortium has already determined that most students in Connecticut will fail the Spring 2015 test.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 11:17am
No sector — not local governments, school districts, court systems, public universities or hospitals — misspends tax dollars like charter schools in Ohio.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:49pm
What a group of middle-schoolers learned from their recent field trip to the city.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:25pm
The school bus — perhaps more than any other place — is for getting into trouble, horsing around with friends, shooting paper airplanes, singing silly songs, making faces at truck drivers and daydreaming out the window. If home and school are full of technology, then shouldn't the good old school bus be a one last remaining tech-free frontier?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00pm
A new law strikes a fair balance between reducing the amount of testing, while preserving enough to effectively measure student and educator performance. Without some standardized tests, it is impossible to evaluate and compare schools, and without school data and rankings, parents can't make informed choices about where to send their children.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:01pm
It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good.