Teachers should insist that all forms of compensation—including retirement benefits—are paid for upfront and that benefit promises are matched by real contributions.
Jay Mathews notes that 67 of the 100 most challenging high schools in the U.S. (as rated by the Challenge Index, which rewards schools for the number of students taking Advanced Placement and IB tests) do not have football teams.
Can we have standards without the government imposing them?
School boards, charter schools, and more
In New Jersey, Andy Polhamus reports on discussions taking place in Pitman, a school district faced with declining enrollment that is considering opening up its schools to students from other districts.
Behind the Headline: D.C. Releases Proposed School Boundaries and Far-Reaching Student Assignment Policies
In Washington, D.C., the school district is considering a major overhaul of school boundaries that could include a shift away from automatically assigning students to neighborhood schools.
In a long feature in Politico, Cassie Walker Burke tells the story of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.
While newspapers are reporting on parents who are opting their kids out of state testing, students in Brooklyn who attend Uncommon Schools charters are gearing up for the tests in “wacky and joyful” ways.
Standards-based reform and school choice are interdependent, maybe even codependent.
Abundant research supports content-oriented curricula in the “softer” subjects of English Language Arts and social studies/history.
For the average full-career state worker, traditional defined benefit plans are working quite well.
What does it take for charters to achieve success with kids who have disabilities? Something not so different from what works with low-income kids.
Could more states join Indiana in dropping the standards?
A new study uses survey data from 900 school board members in 419 school districts.
When we talk educational technology, there’s far too much excited talk about big purchases of tablets or assessment systems and far too little about just what educators and students are supposed to actually do with these.
Two giants of the blogosphere, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine and Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, have been engaging in an epic debate this month over the concept of “the culture of poverty.”
Meister High Schools are converted vocational schools that partner with companies in specific industries to create educational experiences tailored to the needs of the workforce.
According to new data from the Census Bureau, the American city is experiencing something of a renaissance, as more Americans, especially young professionals and Baby Boomers, move to the centers of the nation’s metropolitan areas.
Recent stories in the popular press have featured children burdened with an enormous amount of homework, three hours or more per night. Are these students’ experiences typical or rare?
Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.
How to raise the quality of middle schools in the district’s public schools has been a point of debate for candidates in Washington, D.C.’s mayoral race.
A bill that would raise the cap on charter schools in Boston and other urban districts has failed to advance in the Massachusetts legislature.
This morning, Politico published an attention-grabbing story about how some private schools that teach creationism receive public funding through tuition tax credits and school vouchers.
Leaders of urban school districts are telling the Obama administration that efforts to turn around low-performing schools via the $5.5 billion School Improvement Grant (SIG) program are unlikely to have much impact.
It won’t be a huge issue in the fall, but it will have repercussions thereafter.