Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:35am
To require that Oregon high schools give full schedules to four out of every five students without a way of funding it will only make already large class sizes even larger. This unfunded mandate is likely to fail unless much greater investment in public education is made.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:38am
Some say it's about building more great schools and developing great teachers who transform kids' lives. Vocal critics often cite that more needs to be done to address poverty, which remains the single greatest correlate of education outcomes. Why can't we do both?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:24am
Allowing guns on Nevada's school campuses has its obvious drawbacks. But recent school shootings are clear evidence that “gun-free zones” are ineffective at stopping violence at schools. Since there are not enough cops to patrol all schools, finding the right policy that both protects rights and ensures safety is difficult.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:16am
What policy leaders and lawmakers need to assess is how much control they are willing to give up in order to grant sufficient latitude to teachers and administrators to take risks in designing study plans and class structures.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:48pm
We often say we want creativity and innovation – personalization – but every mechanism we use to measure it is through control and compliance.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:37pm
What will be the impact of the current mandates for teachers, families and the wider society in the long haul if policymakers continue with the kindergarten standards from the Common Core? How many children will only do what is required to complete assigned tasks and become disengaged from the learning process?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:28pm
Texas public schools are adrift in a sea of red ink. Voters bear some responsibility for Texas' emerging local debt crisis as they have approved most school bond proposals over the years. But with the absence of pertinent financial information at the ballot box, it's little wonder that local debt has become a major problem.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:28am
A Minnesota Department of Education study found that school leaders and policy setters should boost efforts to recruit more diverse teaching staffs and either encourage more people to enter certain teaching fields or develop their own. This report offers information that can help to narrow learning disparities and improve instruction.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:29am
Charter leaders should commit to immediately reform their K12 backfill policies for the 2015 lottery season. Longer term, charter authorizers or legislators should require policies that free up all available seats for new students.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:47pm
Schools have been so focused on building the skill of early reading that too many have ignored the need for students to know a great deal of content in order to understand what they are reading. Too many have undervalued the role instruction in science, history and the arts play in reading instruction.