Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:40pm
A common thread in high-achieving countries is an elevated priority on teacher education that ought to raise our collective sensibilities, stirring movement toward embracing that model right here in Louisiana. While there are certainly some examples of good efforts occurring in teacher education programs in our state, we are not doing near enough.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:32pm
New York's teacher evaluation system is widely disliked. Lawmakers and educators should work together to craft a system that identifies teachers' needs – and those who can't do the job.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:29pm
The decision to enforce current Iowa law by discontinuing the practice of automatically approving waivers granting an early school start date should be applauded. The availability and success of zoos, water recreation, trails, golf courses and other family activities not only are critical, but they also help support tax revenues that, in turn, support our schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:26pm
Joel Klein was both change agent and lightning rod during as chancellor of the New York City Schools under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In order to improve Boston's education system, Klein advises the governor-elect and Boston’s mayor start by lifting charter-school restrictions. But Boston and several other municipalities are bumping up against the charter cap, that would require legislative action.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:09pm
The energy efficiency program that debuted in 2007 is paying off for Billings schools and community. Since the program started, energy bills have been 20 percent less than they would have been with no increase in efficiency. Billings Public Schools’ energy conservation shows what’s possible when everyone stays focused on the goal of good stewardship of public money.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:46pm
Technology has the potential to make good instruction better, but it can quickly make bad instruction even worse. Instruction begins and ends with the teacher. A successful school technology program isn't about technology, it's about teaching.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35am
Children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report. Florida policymakers need to keep in mind that the state's education and health care investments complement each other.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:31am
The question is why one federal school system is adequately funded while the other is not. Students both on military bases and on remote Indian reservations deserve modern schools that maximize learning opportunities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:22pm
Though the healthy school food program remains intact, the 2015 spending bill includes language that curbs any further reduction of sodium in school lunches. Next year, the Hunger-Free Healthy Kids Act will need to be reauthorized, providing an opportunity for the implementation of more stringent rollbacks.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:09pm
When children at some of our schools are not learning, we have an obligation to act.