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.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:21am
A study has been commissioned to examine the potential cost savings of consolidating 15 of the Pennsylvania county's public school districts, particularly the potential benefits of merging administrative functions. If the study shows a savings worth ruffling the feathers, they should proceed.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:49pm
Honest discussion about what sexual identity is, how it defines our cultural norms, and how traditional sex and gender roles limit our collective development will offer real opportunities for creating safe and non-discriminatory public schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:34pm
While agriculture experts are thrilled by an agricultural boom in New York, they fear that a lack of agriculture options in public education, both for students and teachers, will thwart possible agriculture growth in the state.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:15am
Wisconsin’s voucher school program needs more accountability, based on objective measures of success. Public money for private school vouchers should be pulled if evidence shows bad results and no improvement.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:11am
The U.S.' healthy foods school program must continue because the savings in health care costs that will be realized if future adults eat healthier will be considerable. Parents also need to do better for their kids by doing better for themselves.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:43pm
No state has a bigger voucher system. Florida is on the way to spending $1 billion on a program with questionable accountability that could be the start of an attempt to privatize public education. Legal review of the voucher program is long overdue.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 11/30/2014 - 1:45pm
Expanding religious diversity makes it impractical to keep adding religious holidays to the school calendar without strong evidence that classes can't function well on those days. All public schools can, however, have a clear policy allowing every student a reasonable number of excused absences for religious observance — without penalty.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:21am
A high-quality preschool program helps children develop soft skills and deal with emotions. But, a New America Foundation report argues, schools should focus on these same skills, habits, attitudes, and mindsets with older kids as they are just as important as academics.