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.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 05/03/2015 - 3:59pm
Detroit Public Schools are struggling academically and are struggling with crushing debt. Less than 10% of high school students are proficient in the vital subjects of math and science, and more than two-thirds are not proficient in the fundamental building block of reading.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 3:11pm
The 2015 Legislature provided basic funding to sustain K-12 and Montana University System operations for the next two years, but rejected opportunities to significantly improve education.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 3:08pm
Should schools mark kids' absences as unexcused even when they're missing class for valuable real-world lessons?
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:38pm
Charter school students in urban areas received “the equivalent of roughly 40 days of additional learning per year in math and 28 additional days of learning per year in reading," a substantial gain over their peers in traditional public schools, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:59am
More GenDIY students are choosing not to wait until graduation to begin their careers. They are starting businesses and creating products to take to market while still in the public school system. The role of educators is shifting from content providers, to learning facilitators, to career-focused coaches in order to support such innovation.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:53am
New Jersey has administered annual standardized tests peacefully for 15 years, but this year’s spring ritual was scarred by dissension due to PARCC. We can do better next year if we’re mindful of New Jersey’s testing history, steer clear of political pretext, and keep a focus on the needs of all of the state's students.