Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 2:54am
Tax revenues continue to surge into the state’s treasury with a projected surplus. Meanwhile, it’s pouring on the heads of Arizona’s schoolchildren, as the Legislature still hasn’t ponied up more than $330 million that a superior court judge has said the schools are owed in inflation funding this year.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 2:50am
How much charter school moguls’ donations to legislators influenced the delay of a law that would dramatically change how Ohio’s charter schools operate might never be measured. The proposed changes would prevent failing charter schools from swapping sponsors to avoid closure and various other requirements.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:40am
Many groups are teaming up with local communities to install school gardens in areas with low access to fresh, healthy foods. These gardens are really outdoor classrooms where kids learn valuable lessons — not just about nutrition, but also about science and math, even business skills.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 08/09/2015 - 9:39am
Students will no longer face criminal sanctions — penalties that could include jail time — for skipping school. But there is likely to be more pressure on schools—and on parents, who could face more cases if their kids fail to show up for class.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:15pm
Many people believe video games are intellectually lazy and have a poor effect on students. There are, however, a growing number of teachers, students, and parents who are using one video game in particular as an educational tool.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:00pm
Studies show that, academically, nonwhite teachers produce more favorable outcomes for students of similar backgrounds; emotionally and socially, these educators serve as role models who share students’ racial and ethnic identity. What hasn’t gotten much attention, however, are the potential gains for white students.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 1:33pm
The tests have all been read and the answers tallied. But adding up right answers doesn't tell you how a child did. For that, you need cut scores. And PARCC doesn't have them yet.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 1:32am
Many middle-class, suburban schools are not as good as parents think. That's the finding of a new study from the Pacific Research Institute, which found evidence of widespread underachievement in Michigan. Such student performance results should cause parents to consider school-choice options that better meet their children's needs.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 1:16am
Moving funding from the Education Trust Fund in order to solve today's General Fund shortfall is a short-sighted decision. The economic future of Alabama heavily depends on the strength of the education students in its schools receive now.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:49pm
“Settling" a buyout with staffers who are ineffective or behaving badly is common practice for many school districts. While paying someone not to work may be the less-expensive alternative than drawn-out litigation or arbitration, it still costs public dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.