Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:55pm
Let teachers teach. Let school districts' time and financial resources now squandered on testing mania be put to true educational use. Let standardized tests resume their rightful role. And let's return decisions about education to professional educators.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:49pm
One of the assertions of the charter movement is that public school tax dollars, once collected, should be attached to the child. But the taxpayers who handed over that money and the community that collected it have an interest in making sure that it's spent in a way that serves the community's greater good with an all-inclusive, community-based, taxpayer-controlled educational system.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 2:11pm
Lawmakers in Austin are now debating a bill that would provide school choice and educational freedom. Texas’ system for funding schools is antiquated with two different mechanisms allocating money based on complex formulas. It is difficult to enact true education reform when it’s unclear who is paying the bills.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:14am
When schools and the professionals who run them live or die by test scores, it should be no surprise when teaching to the test becomes a survival tactic. Rich, transformative, far-from-standardized experiences are what truly motivate and challenge children and deeply engage them in learning.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:05am
Some of New Jersey's non-public high school football teams have gotten so good that some local public schools no longer want to play them. The state body that oversees high school sports is proposing to split the two high school football groups. Scheduling and restructuring may pose problems, but it would be preferable to mismatches and forfeits.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:56pm
This is a moment of rare opportunity in Ohio politics when everyone agrees that Ohio's charter schools need fixing. Checkbook-level detail should be available under Ohio's open records law to track the expenditure of public funds by charter schools, just as it is for public schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:52pm
Eliminating over 100 Minneapolis Public Schools administrative positions is a sensible move that will direct resources to schools and classrooms. If the district can do without that many full-time central office employees, questions need to be asked about how those jobs contribute to the district’s mission and why they were not re-evaluated earlier.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:47pm
Schools sharing their tax base with tax-increment financing (TIF) districts experience slower revenue growth and higher tax rates than those school districts unencumbered by TIF districts. TIF's impact is mediated by tax caps, transfers of TIF funds between government agencies and each state's equalization formula.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:48am
The price of our unwillingness to learn from the successes and mistakes of others is repeat failures. The United States resists looking to other countries to learn what’s worked and what hasn’t. We refuse to learn not only from successful educational reforms in other nations, but from failed ones, too.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:08am
Most suspensions result from behavior problems, not violence or illegal acts. Some 60 percent of out-of-school suspensions are for school rule violations, defiance of school staff and disruptive behavior. The answer, then, is to change behavior, not just to punish.