The article, ‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College: Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?, won for best stand-alone feature by an education organization or expert.
Robert Pondiscio is the executive director of CitizenshipFirst, a civic education initiative based at Harlem’s Democracy Prep Public Schools. He is also a former fifth-grade teacher.
In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”
Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.
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.
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