Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 8:10pm
Has anyone considered fighting for a magnet school-based system for our children’s education? It is my belief that we would end up with champions in every subject. I do not believe in making every student equal, but to make them rise to their own full potential.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 8:08pm
History, which is supposed to be a recollection of factual evidence, shouldn’t be a controversial issue. Of course, this would also mean opinion wouldn’t be interjected. K-12 education should be factual.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:57pm
Disinvestment has caused the explosion of class sizes—also one of the nation's highest. Inadequate investment has led to layoffs of teachers, librarians, custodians, counselors, administrators and other school personnel.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:54pm
Real success will require that we prepare the next generation for global citizenship, which means broadening students’ perspectives, deepening their cultural and linguistic capacities, and heightening awareness of the larger issues that will affect their lives.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:11am
Getting spending under control is the first step of meaningful change for property taxpayers, and pension reform is a big part of that. Until the Legislature shows the courage to put pensions on a sustainable path and tackles the school funding formula, all reform talk is idle talk.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:05am
Elected officials should properly fund schools so that they can meet constitutional rules for class size. Teachers say that failure to follow the law makes it more difficult to reach and teach all students. They are concerned about the safety of their students and they say the larger class sizes lead to more misbehavior and inappropriate student interaction.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:59am
Two years ago, the Michigan Legislature had the opportunity to turn around the state's fragile retirement system for public school employees. But lawmakers stopped short of making meaningful reform that would fix the system for good. A new push to revisit teacher pensions deserves attention.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:50am
A new bill passed by the California Legislature undermines all the gains made during the past two decades in educating children who start school without a full knowledge of the English language. The measure places a question on the November 2016 ballot that gives parents the choice to enroll their child in bilingual education.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:47am
Texas has not approved new history textbooks for school districts to purchase since 2002. But some of the books under consideration by the state school board are being described as propaganda that exaggerates the influence of Christian values while others are said to be full of liberal bias.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:36am
Coming to terms with the poor performance of Nevada’s school system has been an education for policymakers, elected officials, business leaders and taxpayers alike. Although the state’s high school graduation rates and the value of high school diplomas rate among the nation’s worst overall, Nevada has many excellent schools with excellent teachers, leaders and education models.