Roughly one out of every 13 children in the New York City public school system is now homeless. Many of the programs intended to help them are either insufficient or poorly executed. The key issue is getting to school. Children living in shelters attend school significantly less than other students.
When a school is made to feel smaller, young adolescents flourish more. But an effective middle school—or middle grades—program needs to go beyond the grade configuration change. Interdisciplinary teaming or other developmentally responsive programs and initiatives are also important.
Black children are disproportionately at the receiving ends of these punishments, even though white children are typically more likely to attend a school that allows the practice, a study found. In over half of school districts in Alabama and Mississippi, black children are 51 percent more likely to receive corporal punishment.
Georgia’s control of low-performing schools is modeled after another state's experiment that has seen lackluster results. But, despite the middling academic performance of Tennessee’s Achievement School District, it appears to have pressured local school leaders to figure out how to improve their worst schools on their own.
Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education debuted new STEM-focused digital resources as part of the Manufacture Your Future educational program. The new curriculum includes an interactive self-paced learning module for middle school students.
A state lawmaker has suggested New Jersey seek an extension from the U.S. Department of Education that would allow the state to submit its new school accountability plan after the next governor takes office in 2018.
The combination of the decline of the middle class and the growing skills gap raises serious questions about the public school system’s ability to provide economic opportunity. By expanding CTE partnerships, we can prepare more students for middle skills jobs and establish inclusive opportunity for those who cannot afford postsecondary education.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly is mulling over a bill which would require high school students beginning in the 2020-21 academic year to pass a civics test before graduating. While we understand the good intentions are to mold students into well-educated citizens, more memorization, more stress and more anxiety are not the answer.
Preliminary estimates show enrollment is down slightly in Detroit schools, something district officials say is a sign of stabilization. Enrollment is about one-half percentage point shy of the projected enrollment for this academic year of 45,511.
Nebraska’s more flexible approach to helping struggling K12 schools improve gives them a chance to make improvements. The state might still require them to replace principals and teachers, but there’s optimism that the schools can improve by working with staff who students already know and that less drastic measures can be avoided.
The state’s new superintendent of education couldn’t have been hired under a lawmaker’s proposed requirements for the job. A new proposal for the 2017 legislative session that would require the state’s top educator to have recent classroom or school administration experience.
Classrooms often focus most attention on literacy and math, largely because those skills are considered foundational and are tested. However most people will also need to communicate their thoughts and ideas to other people. And yet effective communication strategies are often not taught with the same precision and structure as other parts of the curriculum.
The salary variance between Chicago and suburban public schools is part of a long-standing debate over spending in Illinois public schools, fueled mostly by differences in property wealth in districts as well as how the state divvies up money for schools, which many educators, lawmakers and policymakers consider inequitable.
After 40 years of service to the Waynesboro Area School District, schools Superintendent Sherian Diller has announced that she plans to retire on June 30, 2017. Diller spent 12 years as a classroom teacher. Prior to becoming superintendent, she was an elementary school principal.
Two new partners will help young adults develop essential skills for middle-skill jobs requiring STEM. The Center to Advance CTE will help efforts to attract and recruit students into career technical education programs while The Center on Education and Skills at New America will develop research on apprenticeships for high school students.