In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association
I respect schools that welcome students at any grade when space opens up, but whether to do this should remain the prerogative of the school, not the state or its regulators.
Ending statewide, comparable, annual testing is an overreaction that creates more problems than it solves.
For the first time, we are able to show that vouchers may have a long-term positive impact on college graduation rates.
A social scientist analyzes whether Christmas affects test scores
Schools of choice can make their discipline codes clear to incoming families (and teachers); those who find the approach too strict can go elsewhere.
inBloom, a non-profit that offered a data warehouse solution designed to help public schools embrace the promise of personalized learning, collapsed and has ceased to exist, as privacy concerns from interested parties mounted over a period of many months
Having served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014, I have had an inside view into efforts to improve Newark’s struggling school system.
Improve accountability and oversight for district and charter schools
The MCPS curriculum is weak when it comes to content in science and extremely weak in history.
The trickle downward of university curricular mischief into our schools and other institutions continues unabated, and it’s not a problem that the College Board alone can solve.
An excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, a new book edited by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Richard Sousa
A conversation with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier
A compelling play on the wrong stage?
It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods
Accountability lags for online options
Common Core will not lead to a national curriculum. Local control is alive and well, as it should be. But that’s not to say anything goes in the Common Core era or that changes to teaching and learning aren’t needed.
School districts and teachers unions are fighting charters with renewed energy.
Offering noncollege options to students
Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.
As implementation nears, they aren’t liking what they see.
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.
The cost of college has been rising at an unsustainable rate. The federal government has tried to soften the impact of these increases on families and students by providing more assistance in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits.
Will states and cities facing skyrocketing costs find a way to protect the retirement benefits that people have already earned while making changes to the way benefits are earned in the future?