Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:17am
The relationship between parents, community members and our schools has undergone significant changes over the past two decades. All too often, schools find themselves on the defensive, spending critical time defusing rumors, time that would be better devoted to the primary task at hand of educating children.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:13am
The cheating scheme in the El Paso ISD should have been a warning to the state of potential flaws in its accountability system. But there was never any urgency to explore whether problems unearthed in El Paso were present elsewhere in Texas.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 2:33pm
We should consider the ways in which edtech can help the next generation develop the capacity to use cognitive and academic skills to create a better world–how edtech can be a tool that enables better teaching of critical thinking, uncertainty, creativit and empathy.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:19am
Mavericks in Education Florida launched a network of charter schools more than five years ago, drumming up publicity with prominent pitchmen and pledging to turn dropouts into graduates. Many of the company's schools have been investigated and asked to return public dollars. Three have closed.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 2:07pm
Most of the American public education establishment tends to despise charter schools, vouchers, education tax credits, and a wide variety of education programs that create more education alternatives with public dollars. They are so upset that they have declared war.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:22am
In America, black students are five times more likely than their white peers to have to walk through metal detectors into school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Hispanic students are more than twice as likely.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:42am
The skin-tight, low-cut clothes worn by some students in schools can disrupt the educational atmosphere for both girls and boys. School teachers are the people held accountable for educating tomorrow’s productive workforce and engaged citizenry. Stop giving them yet another impediment to reaching this goal.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:35am
The state government needs to resolve teachers’ health care benefits through a statewide plan covering all 500 public school districts. Taking benefit disputes off the table with a plan mandating teacher contributions and a wide array of benefit options would save money and minimize funding disparities among districts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:56am
Two issue briefs released this week demonstrate how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. They face persistent and frequent harassment and bias-based bullying from peers and school staff as well as increased surveillance and policing, according to the Crossroads Collaborative/Gay Straight Alliance Network study.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:45am
The primary duty of schools is to teach. Yet at high schools throughout California, students are assigned to “classes” with no instruction, in which they're warehoused, assigned chores or even sent home for a period or two. The latter is, in effect, school-sanctioned truancy.