Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:58am
Topeka USD 501's board of education has decided to cut back on mandatory testing in the district’s schools. Significantly reducing the district’s own mandatory testing sounds like a reasonable change to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:47pm
It’s time Indiana legislators strengthened control over the state’s school voucher program. In the three years since its creation, the program has grown into one of the broadest programs in the country. The problem is that, even as the state moved quickly to expand the program, it failed to properly keep track of the funding.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:59pm
School districts have rightly argued for more flexibility with fall semester start dates. The real benefit of two bills to be introduced in the new legislative session is that Texas' public school districts would have more control over their academic calendars. And that’s where control belongs — with the schools, not the Texas Legislature.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:54pm
Ohio House Bill 241 would have banned all school employees — not just teachers, administrators and coaches — from having sex with students who are 16 or older, but it failed to get even a single hearing in the Ohio Senate last session. At the very least, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee owes an explanation.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:33pm
As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teachers, too, to examine their prejudices -- especially in relation to school discipline.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:00am
It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students’ levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' standardized test scores. Scores on the kinds of achievement tests given at U.S. schools, which measure knowledge, tend to be highly correlated with scores on IQ tests.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:52am
Missing from the standardized test debate is a sense of what could replace annual tests. What would the nation do to monitor learning and ensure equity and accountability if states didn't have to test every child every year?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 5:25pm
Indiana in 2015 is heading into a renewed debate about how its school funding system should work. But even defining “fairness” gets tricky, as school leaders with different challenges in urban, suburban and rural communities worry that somebody else’s gain from any change to the state’s calculation method could mean less money to educate their students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:39pm
Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role that librarians, nurses, social workers, learning specialists and guidance counselors play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 5:19pm
The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning. We can reform schools but it will never happen because of expensive, invasive software that replace text and teachers. We can reform schools by adopting proven practices.