Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:56pm
We have witnessed great advances in policies relating to what children eat in schools. Instead of rolling back these gains, we should be strengthening these healthy eating policies with additional requirements for nutrition education, increased funding for the programs that provide it, and more support for schools that want to offer it.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:54pm
One of the challenges with education reform is that it is inherently political, with people seeming to demand immediate and overwhelming results. Politicians and educators would do well to examine what other nations are doing.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:35pm
Superintendents tend to get hired, and fired, pretty quickly regardless of whether they consider themselves reformers. What's been called the "revolving door" of urban superintendents has created a lot of policy angst over whether they can be effective in that short a time period.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:26pm
A merger of bills targeting abusive teachers or other education staff who migrate to other schools after getting into trouble is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:22pm
The hiatus on new charter schools in Massachusetts gives us an opportunity for a more substantive debate on the issue of innovation in the charters and beyond. The state should pause and look at why charters haven’t provided the research and development, the innovation function, that was a critical part of the excitement at their birth in the mid-1990s.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:53pm
At its Wednesday meeting, the board voted to delay the release of the “accountability” letter grades for Indiana schools. Why? Because incomplete data adversely affected the A-to-F grades of five schools, according to Associated Press and Indianapolis Star reports.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:51pm
That’s what the Buffalo School Board needs to do as it contemplates opening new charter schools as a strategy to improve the education of the city’s underserved students.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:49pm
Education may be the great equalizer, but not every child in Alabama has an equal opportunity to quality education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:44am
Here’s a chance to make a change that really is in the best interests of the majority of students, who should not go to class in sad shape so a relatively few of their classmates can pursue athletics when it is convenient for them. A bill directing the education establishment to fix the start time rather than create more studies and reports to gather dust should be written.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:29am
High school football is a great source of community spirit and pride for many towns. It's practically unpatriotic to suggest options other than our current paradigm. And who's to say that an academically-driven schedule in Sayreville would have protected those boys from criminal assault? But our Friday Night Lights fixation is getting in the way of student learning.