Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:15am
A new study from Sweden finds that teens who received medical treatment for obesity were far less likely to graduate from high school than their slimmer peers. Fifty-six percent of the obese students finished all 12 years of schooling compared with 76 percent of their classmates.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:01am
What if we were to abolish all school districts and not force public school students to attend a school based on geographic proximity? The good schools would do what every business facing an increase in demand does: expand. The state's resources, along with bond issues, could be allocated to the high-demand schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:39pm
Idaho should make dual-credit high school programs and community service opportunities more widely available to rural Hispanic students. Solutions don’t need to be dollar-intensive. What’s needed is to find innovative ways to more meaningfully engage parents, community members and local businesses in students’ learning.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:56am
Michigan continues to lag the nation in the performance of its students. The Legislature has worked on developing a strong teacher evaluation program for four years, and now it should finish the task.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:02pm
The current education system doesn’t give students a clear reason to be persistent. On the traditional A-F grading scale, kids move on to the next subject whether they’ve learned all the information or not. A better idea is to tap into kids' passions and help students develop grit around the things that really matter to them.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:12am
Given the workload and headaches that come along with being a chief recovery officer for a struggling school district, there must be some reasonable compensation. But if the officer is put in place to right a district's financial ship, shouldn't that compensation be pretty frugal?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:01am
Opinions vary on whether or not the Cleveland County School system is doing enough to bring in minority applicants to fill its leadership and teaching vacancies. The effort to improve minority hiring in schools should be a grassroots effort by the school district, NAACP, the community and the state legislature.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:12pm
This year, a move to take politics out of the process that drives billions of dollars in state aid to public schools is injecting another level of intrigue as Gov. Tom Wolf seems determined to give schools their biggest-ever one-year increase while an education funding commission is charged with producing an objective formula to distribute the aid.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:58am
The primary purpose of using ACT QualityCore exams is to show the readiness of Alabama students for college success. The tests were not developed by teachers who could assure instruction and feedback was provided to all students. To use such tests for grading in order to leverage student performance for the sake of a school accountability judgment is not defensible.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:51am
A new bill which would require local school systems to provide bus-safety training for students twice a year deserves more attention and support than it has received thus far. The bill would also require a study on how to increase safety for children getting on and off school buses.