Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:19am
Mavericks in Education Florida launched a network of charter schools more than five years ago, drumming up publicity with prominent pitchmen and pledging to turn dropouts into graduates. Many of the company's schools have been investigated and asked to return public dollars. Three have closed.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 2:07pm
Most of the American public education establishment tends to despise charter schools, vouchers, education tax credits, and a wide variety of education programs that create more education alternatives with public dollars. They are so upset that they have declared war.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:22am
In America, black students are five times more likely than their white peers to have to walk through metal detectors into school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Hispanic students are more than twice as likely.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:42am
The skin-tight, low-cut clothes worn by some students in schools can disrupt the educational atmosphere for both girls and boys. School teachers are the people held accountable for educating tomorrow’s productive workforce and engaged citizenry. Stop giving them yet another impediment to reaching this goal.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:35am
The state government needs to resolve teachers’ health care benefits through a statewide plan covering all 500 public school districts. Taking benefit disputes off the table with a plan mandating teacher contributions and a wide array of benefit options would save money and minimize funding disparities among districts.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:56am
Two issue briefs released this week demonstrate how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. They face persistent and frequent harassment and bias-based bullying from peers and school staff as well as increased surveillance and policing, according to the Crossroads Collaborative/Gay Straight Alliance Network study.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:45am
The primary duty of schools is to teach. Yet at high schools throughout California, students are assigned to “classes” with no instruction, in which they're warehoused, assigned chores or even sent home for a period or two. The latter is, in effect, school-sanctioned truancy.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:43am
District-by-district reporting procedures are not uniform, due to the use of different student information systems. An incident at one school which mandates police involvement may not even require parental notification in another district. When allocating millions of dollars to cashed-strapped districts, a useful and uniform incident policy should be followed.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:49am
Be smart about concussions. These days, a likely scenario is that a player will not report an injury or mask its severity, upholding a “team first” mentality. Young players need to drop those delusions.
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.