Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:17am
The majority of public high schools in Dallas aren’t measuring up, according to the latest Texas School Guide from Children At Risk. Over 80 percent of the city's schools are rating a D or F at the high school level. In Fort Worth, 70 percent of high schools scored the two lowest grades.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:06am
If school leaders and teachers take steps to reestablish themselves as the preeminent authority on what it takes to turn around schools and to develop quality graduates, in years to come they will not look back at 2014 election as a defeat, but rather as a wake-up call. School leaders need to be bold in their willingness to make unpopular decisions for the success of the children and school communities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:42pm
It is already clear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan — which involves giving failing schools support services — might not be sufficient to remake the city’s lowest-achieving schools. The plan could easily delay action on schools that are in desperate straits and should be reorganized or closed in fairly short order.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:12am
If Election Day’s results were mixed for other races and measures, they were a clear victory for California's local school board and school bond races. Now it’s up to the school boards and district administrators to provide strict oversight to make sure the funds from those bonds aren’t squandered by those who foot the bill for the campaigns.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:07am
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has provided an important learning moment for those who would keep taxpayer-funded instructional materials out of private and religious schools. It’s a lesson in fairness. When parents and guardians opt to have their children attend a private or religious school, their tax bill does not decrease.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:52am
We don’t know how much money the continued court fight on school funding is costing, but we do know that it’s an insult to Arizona’s public-school students and teachers. Lawmakers — whether just elected or re-elected — should stop tilting at legal windmills and accept a settlement deal offered by the schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:49am
Think funding for the arts in public schools isn't money well-spent? Think again. Students involved in the arts are less likely to be truant or get in trouble, and they do better in standardized tests, as a recent report by the Community Arts Team notes.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:39am
Judging public schools on test scores has a serious, perhaps fatal, flaw. That’s the notion all learning is dependent on what happens within a school building between a teacher and a student. A key component is left out of such a calculus: parents.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:56pm
With no evaluation, all that’s clear is that more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program. But policymakers don’t know why. And that’s truly important, especially as lawmakers consider whether to make changes in the voucher program and on how much to spend on education overall.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:57pm
The problem is not that our teachers are resistant to adopting new standards or advancing their own knowledge and skill sets. Recent data shows that educators are all too eager to work together to look critically at literacy teaching and learning practices and pilot approaches that enrich student learning. The core issue is quality time.