Opinion & Analysis

Daily news

Pennsylvania lawmakers need to fix school funding system

Lawmakers need to find the revenue, restore the funding the state's schools have lost, and start fixing the school funding formula so that politics do not play any role whatsoever in how much state funding school districts receive.

Read more

How students uncovered lingering hurt from LAUSD iPad rollout

The disastrous $1 billion iPad rollout by LAUSD in September 2013 provided a cautionary tale to districts looking to spend public dollars on technology and digital curriculum. But below the surface of the news stories were thousands of kids feeling hurt by the way they were portrayed by the media and the school district’s lack of trust in them.

Read more

All parties must break the cycle of bullying

Schools need to educate parents about the warning signs of bullying, the mood and behavior changes that indicate a student is being victimized. They need to educate students and parents about the limitations of official responses, to let victims know not to expect immediate and dramatic intervention but to understand the importance of speaking up.

Read more

Texas Legislature falls way short on public education funding

Proposals to add substantial funding for public education were whittled down to an increase that doesn’t even keep pace with inflation and still leaves the state $5 billion below the funding level of 2008 in terms of real purchasing power.

Read more

Texas lawmakers passed several school bills but not a finance fix or vouchers

In the end, Senate leaders had no interest in dealing with school finance during the 2015 legislative session, while House leaders did not want the Senate’s $100 million plan to let public school students transfer to private or religious schools at state expense.

Read more

Greater transparency needed around standardized testing in Connecticut schools

Despite its lack of validity and untested predictive value, the Smarter Balanced Consortium has already determined that most students in Connecticut will fail the Spring 2015 test.

Read more

Charter schools misspend millions of Ohio tax dollars as efforts to police them are privatized

No sector — not local governments, school districts, court systems, public universities or hospitals — misspends tax dollars like charter schools in Ohio.

Read more

Hard lessons in Baltimore

What a group of middle-schoolers learned from their recent field trip to the city.

Read more

The case for the school bus as the final tech-free frontier

The school bus — perhaps more than any other place — is for getting into trouble, horsing around with friends, shooting paper airplanes, singing silly songs, making faces at truck drivers and daydreaming out the window. If home and school are full of technology, then shouldn't the good old school bus be a one last remaining tech-free frontier?

Read more

Lawmakers opt out of Colorado school accountability disaster

A new law strikes a fair balance between reducing the amount of testing, while preserving enough to effectively measure student and educator performance. Without some standardized tests, it is impossible to evaluate and compare schools, and without school data and rankings, parents can't make informed choices about where to send their children.

Read more

Pages