Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has asked the state to waive the rules that prevent her from considering teacher performance when determining which teachers will be laid off.
“If a college degree is becoming as essential as a high school diploma was a generation ago, why not make college free?” asks Nora Caplan-Bricker in the New Republic.
Most states are living up to the promises in their waiver, but Washington over-promised in this case, and failure to fix it may force them back under No Child Left Behind.
High school students who are on track to graduate and enroll in college but who are not prepared for college-level work have a new option in several states and districts: “transitional” courses that they take while still in high school.
In an article for Teacher magazine, Jessica Cuthbertson describes life as a “teacherpreneur,” which for her means splitting her days between teaching 7th grade English and supporting efforts to improve Colorado’s schools in partnership with a nonprofit.
The tough letter that senior House Republicans sent last week to Arne Duncan and Eric Holder should have been even tougher. For the “guidance” that their agencies issued to U.S. schools in the guise of improving school discipline can only make it harder for educators to create safe, serious, and effective learning environments.
What should we be talking about when we talk about universal pre-K?
Teachers who seek to improve their own practice are primarily guided by common sense, intuition, word of mouth, personal experience, ideologically laden ideas about progressive or traditional instruction, the guidance of mentors, and folk wisdom—not a body of knowledge and practice that has been rigorously tested for its efficacy.
Whenever DC policy folk talk about school vouchers, it is almost always accompanied by copious handwringing over “bad” schools.
Julie Young’s guiding vision for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) began in 1996 as she wrote the word “student” at the center of a piece of paper and then asked a series of questions of the team gathered around her. What could school look like if the student was at the center?
Magnet schools are making a comeback in Miami and some other urban districts, according to Motoko Rich.
The most persistently low-performing schools in American got several million dollars, on average, and yet a third of them got worse.
Those who criticize the Common Core standards for asking kids to estimate the answer to a math problem get a few things wrong.
The unpredictable nature of pension contibutions has a real consequence on school district budgets and, therefore, on teachers.
Behind the Headline: Disadvantaged Children Can Hurt Achievement of Others in Their Classrooms, Study Finds
A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania finds that students who enter school with disadvantages can not only struggle in school themselves, but can also hurt the achievement of other students in the classroom.
Charter schools, vouchers, Louisiana, Ohio, and more
In New Orleans, we no longer have to argue about “What is the perfect school?” There is no perfect school. At best, there are perfect matches—situations where a student finds that exact environment where she can thrive.
The Walton Family Foundation currently has two openings for K-12 Education Program Officers.
Pell Grants don’t cause college readiness problems, but they do reveal them. The real blame lies with the combination of shoddy elementary and secondary schooling and, yes, students’ failure to prepare themselves for the rigors of college.
The U.S. Department of Education’s waiver guidelines do not allow state education agencies to use the fairest type of growth model, but there is a way to get around that.
Testing season begins soon, but many states are wary of giving tests that are not aligned with the new Common Core curriculum they’ve put into place.
In the past, teacher candidates had lower SAT scores than students choosing other jobs, but a new study by Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch finds that new teachers have significantly higher SAT scores than in previous years.
Financial aid spending by the federal government includes about $35 billion in Pell Grants, which provide students from low-income families up to $5,645 per year to defray college expenses.
Dayton’s Immaculate Conception School accepts students who use state-issued vouchers to escape failing public schools.