Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:58pm
The most fruitful form of education—and the one with the best chance of empowering children to overcome poverty and other disadvantages—offers each child the opportunity to pursue his or her own goals, in a stimulating and supportive environment. It’s this “opportunity gap,” rather than any “achievement gap,” that characterizes unequal education and is fully within the power of schools to remedy.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:37pm
In Washington, D.C., public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school. A new report says that efforts to crack down on truancy may not be working.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 2:48pm
One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. Researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students had higher reading and math scores when taught by teachers who look like them.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:18pm
Out of 50 states and one district, only nine states have any form of positive LGBT-inclusive sexual education. When sex education or academic curriculum includes positive messages or instruction about LGBT issues there is far less discrimination, prejudice and bullying aimed at LGBT youth.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:56pm
Although the benefits can be substantial for students, careful planning and instruction on the part of the teacher is essential for group projects. It's empowering for students to be given choices and freedom when it comes to learning; but it's hard for kids to accept responsibility when things don't work out.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:40am
Co-founded in 1996 by Mr. Bush with what he called in an email a “powerful sense of pride and joy,” Liberty City Charter School was the first school of its kind in Florida and a pioneer in a booming industry and national movement.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:46pm
For the last two winters and springs, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has grappled with Philadelphia School District budget holes in the hundreds of millions. But things changed last week with revenue proposals from Pennsylvania's governor and the city's mayor.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:15pm
To ensure a smoother transition when students switch schools, the Department of Defense education system plans to spend the next three to five years phasing in the Common Core. But it is also reviewing a study that could recommend drastic changes for its 60 campuses in the continental U.S.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:50am
Education is where Republicans can demonstrate that they’re serious about making sure opportunity extends to every American. The presidential candidates need to emphasize successful education reforms while explaining how little Washington has to do with them.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:23pm
The governor is again proposing to spend $2 million in scarce public dollars to fund vouchers for private and religious schools. The budget proposal is nearly identical to the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that has failed to gain legislative support for nearly a decade.