Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:46am
Studying the full scope of the nation's past in its many facets helps students understand the time, struggle and conflicting interests that shaped the young republic. All those who appreciate the complexity of history should continue their efforts to include as many viewpoints. Surely that is better than a course that sugarcoats controversy and protest and stresses patriotic platitudes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:55pm
In Louisiana’s fierce education debates, policies sometimes are getting shaped more by what occurs in the courtroom than in the classroom. More than a half-dozen pending lawsuits involve disputes over classroom standards, education financing and decision-making authority in local school districts. The most recent was filed last week, challenging $60 million in charter school funding.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:34am
As concern grows over the low number of black and Latino students at New York City’s specialized high schools, debate rages over the longstanding policy of a single test determining entry into these elite schools. Under the current system, it's hard for parents to determine schools where their children meet the grade and test score requirements.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:07am
We need to find out how to prevent every school shooting, but focusing on the overwhelming male incidence of these tragic events may be helpful. T
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:05am
Overall, teachers do not believe that Common Core Standards are having a positive impact on student learning, according to a new teacher survey. Long-time teachers believe that students should also be learning outside of school.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:43am
A familiar workforce strategy is now being offered to high school students while addressing a crucial need in the labor market. Internships are not just for college students anymore. In Indiana, one-third of last year’s senior class in Noblesville earned school credit by serving an internship during the school day with a local business.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:31am
AB420 diverts students to in-school suspensions intended to help them. This kind of reform is necessary to improving positive outcomes of students and makes way for restorative justice practices. Teachers need to spend less time on disciplining students and instead work with counselors and supportive staff who can get to the root of the problem.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:26am
The proposed SB16 bill demands greater financial transparency from school districts. It phases in reductions to state aid over four years and prioritizes resources where there is greater student need. Let’s have a fair, thoughtful, rhetoric-free debate about Senate Bill 16, and remember that it should be about a quality education for all Illinois children, not squabbling over politics.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:16pm
While students have the right to not participate in the pledge and should not be compelled to do so or disciplined for refusing, we hope few will choose to sit it out. Standing in silence during the pledge is a show of respect for other participants who feel strongly, similar to someone attending a religious service of a faith he did not follow, but still bowing his head during the prayer.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:36pm
After years of prompting the Seattle’s special-education program to fix ongoing problems, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is finally enacting real consequences. Hitting the program’s bottom line could serve as the heat Seattle Schools needs to fix its problems, but the district’s indolence on this important program does not inspire confidence.