Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35am
Children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report. Florida policymakers need to keep in mind that the state's education and health care investments complement each other.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:31am
The question is why one federal school system is adequately funded while the other is not. Students both on military bases and on remote Indian reservations deserve modern schools that maximize learning opportunities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:22pm
Though the healthy school food program remains intact, the 2015 spending bill includes language that curbs any further reduction of sodium in school lunches. Next year, the Hunger-Free Healthy Kids Act will need to be reauthorized, providing an opportunity for the implementation of more stringent rollbacks.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:09pm
When children at some of our schools are not learning, we have an obligation to act.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:55pm
When it comes to public education, money always seems to be an issue. For those on the front lines teaching our children, reaching them and unveiling to them the potential they possess, we owe them every reasonable resource we can afford.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:52pm
That students should know these things seems reasonable, even if a better alternative might be to simply make sure the information is included in other state-mandated tests facing high school students already.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:50pm
Given this public largess, it is fair for taxpayers to ask, “What do we get for this money?” Well-educated children are worth every penny. Poorly educated children, however, raise serious doubts about teachers’ salaries and benefit levels being too high.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:35am
We must truly engage and challenge our students if we expect them to stay in school and eventually earn their wings to productive adulthood. If we do nothing else, we should demand that teachers in historically low-achieving districts are better than good. They have to be amazing, and they need to lose the worksheets and remedial work.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:24am
The foods and beverages that are served in Alabama's schools today could have a direct impact on our future national security. That's the leading message in a new report from Mission: Readiness. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 75 percent of young, eligible Alabama residents cannot qualify for military service.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:08am
For any school system with significant Spanish-speaking populations, responsible bilingual education is more important than ever. How to do it effectively is the challenge.