Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:55pm
Instead of implementing experiments with no documentation of positive impact, let's use proven practices that actually have a history of working in the classroom: smaller class sizes, increased time for instruction in the classroom, and additional support services for children who are growing up in difficult circumstances.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:49pm
We can't put every kid through multi-year personalized health coaching, but we can let him or her do something they inherently want to do anyways — stand up and move. Standing desks can help students burn 15 to 25 percent more calories a day and can increase cognition and concentration.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:57pm
More than six million children in the U.S. receive special-education services for their disabilities. Of those age 6 and older, nearly 20 percent are black. The real problem is that black children are underrepresented in special-education classes when compared with white children with similar levels of academic achievement, behavior and family economic resources.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:54pm
Nevada is the new frontier for school choice, with a big opportunity to succeed or fail with its universal access and substantial funding levels. Whether $5,200 will provide equitable access, whether the supply side can create new quality schools, and whether parents can access quality information will be the factors that will significantly shape the market.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:29pm
It used to be that you risked detention for disrupting an elementary school classroom. Nowadays, disrupting a school system can earn you startup funding. A case study explores a new breed of "microschools" focused on reducing costs, enhancing educational impact, prioritizing customer satisfaction, and using technology to create continuous improvement.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:58pm
Texas can finally say goodbye to its failed experiment with criminal prosecution of truants. Measures that help schools crack down on habitual truancy should be supported, but putting children through a criminal trial system leading to fines and potential jail sentences was overkill.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:44pm
Raising the cap is unnecessary. New York's charter schools already are not handling their assigned share of students. Charters also receive funding when school starts for a certain number of students yet many actually end up teaching fewer than they are budgeted for. In addition, we need to have more transparency to audit charter schools to avoid fraud.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:32pm
A new report on Chicago Public Schools system says that the long-term outlook is bleak, but the short-term is even worse. Even with huge tax increases, more state aid, increased state funding of teacher pensions, salary and benefit concessions from teachers and more, CPS would still face an annual $350 million shortfall over the next several years.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 5:17pm
Lack of access to summer learning is part of a year-round cycle that contributes to the achievement gap. We need to expand learning time for low-income kids by accepting that different models can successfully do so, that funding for must be sustainable and targeted and that the programs be held accountable for results.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 4:18pm
The rationale behind calling for more nonfiction reading with the Common Core standards is that most of what students will be expected to read in college and at work will be informational. Although teachers feared that schools would cut the classics, others found the contemporary replacements — such as news articles and documentaries — engaged students more.