Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 04/26/2015 - 1:27pm
More students are going to charter schools in North Carolina that are predominately white, a trend that raises concerns about resegregation of schools. Critics have also raised concerns that because the schools don't have to provide transportation or offer free and reduced-priced lunch, they can be inaccessible to poor families.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Sun, 04/26/2015 - 7:26am
Assessment is a critical tool for marking human progress, and for surfacing the deep inequalities that mark young children's development and learning. But we need to come to a consensus on the kind of data that's worth collecting. And we need to stop squashing our smallest learners' insatiable quest for data and knowledge.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:51pm
Contrary to a major tenet of the charter school movement, a new study's findings imply that North Carolina's charter schools are increasingly serving the interests of relatively able white students in racially imbalanced schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:20pm
Over the past few months, election speeches and Chicago news headlines have emphasized the importance of quality education. Yet, one proven ingredient to success has been left out of those conversations — extracurricular activities. Both are critical for reaching a zero percent drop-out rate and improved high school graduation rates.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:33am
Children with ADHD are often told to be quiet and sit still in the classroom. But new research suggests that letting them move around may actually be a more effective way to help them learn.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30am
Our schools and education system have missed a crucial subject and made generations poorer for it. There is no reasonable argument to prevent the implementation of financial education into every high school in the country. Doing so would benefit all students, regardless of their career interests or college major.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:18am
After several years in which teachers’ unions have been hammered on the issue of tenure, have lost collective bargaining rights in some states and have seen their evaluations increasingly tied to student scores, they have begun to reassert themselves using a bread-and-butter issue: the annual tests given to elementary and middle school students in every state.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:48am
Our education system is aimed in the wrong direction and doing little of substance to prepare students to be truly ready for a career. We are focusing on test scores that mean nothing to the students who are taking the tests and nothing to businesses that are looking, sometimes desperately, for workers to replace a rapidly aging work force.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:15am
With so much on their plates already, the teachers, administrators, parents and staff who lead school health efforts need strong support to adopt health-promoting policies and practices. School district wellness policies, mandated by federal law, need to be more comprehensive.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:36pm
Nine states currently offer a State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Proponents say the seal allows employers to distinguish between people who can get by in another language from those who are truly fluent.