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Louisiana Enacts Sweeping Education Reforms
posted by: Alix | April 17, 2012, 04:13 PM
Governor Bobby Jindal has taken center stage in the education world this spring via a new education overhaul plan aimed at expanding choice, removing barriers to entry for charter schools, and reforming tenure in the state of Louisiana. In a plan being hailed as the "new standard" for education reform, Governor Jindal is expected sign both reform bills into law later this week.   Continue Reading...
Bully: The Movie
posted by: Alix | April 09, 2012, 05:33 PM
After weeks of protest and high-profile celebrity support, the Weinstein Company announced last Thursday that an edited version of the highly anticipated film "Bully" will be released across the U.S. with a student-friendly PG-13 rating later this month. The movie comes on the heels of an emerging American movement seeking to thrust bullying awareness and prevention into the spotlight after a rash of teen suicides and media coverage. Proponents of the film argue the movie can be used as a tool for students and schools interested in discussing the issue in their communities.   Continue Reading...
Report: Art Education Programs on the Decline
posted by: Alix | April 03, 2012, 04:41 PM
There isn't a school district in the country that hasn't been affected by the recession and difficult budget decisions. For years, national media coverage has highlighted teacher lay-offs and program cuts in almost every part of the country. While states and districts come to terms with a new financial climate, a new Department of Education survey reports arts education is suffering the most under today's budgets, particularly in high-need communities.   Continue Reading...
Unused Snow Days May Shorten School Year
posted by: Alix | April 02, 2012, 05:01 PM
This winter left much to be desired for snow-lovers nearly nationwide. While winter weather might not have closed many schools this year, districts across the country are deciding what to do with an unusually high number of leftover emergency weather days. Many schools will let students finish the year early or add on vacation days to spring break or other scheduled time off to make up for the unique circumstances.   Continue Reading...
Parental Engagement in Schools
posted by: Alix | March 13, 2012, 04:05 PM
Parental engagement has been a hot topic for years and can vary widely depending on area of the country or school setting. From a perceived lack of parent involvement in inner-city school systems, to the "helicopter" parents of high-performing students, teachers have for years cited level of parental involvement as a contributing factor to student learning.   Continue Reading...
New York City Teachers Evaluations Go Public
posted by: Alix | March 05, 2012, 02:40 PM
After nearly two years of controversy and union push back, a court order based on the Freedom of Information law, has forced thousands of the New Your City public school teachers evaluations public. The information, released at the end of February, is based on student test scores and other criteria between the 2008-2010 school years.   Continue Reading...
School Shooting Rocks Ohio Community
posted by: Alix | February 28, 2012, 02:01 PM
Just days after a new federal report was released highlighting the decline in violent crimes in schools, tragedy struck a community outside of Cleveland, Ohio, when a high school student opened fire on his classmates in the Chardon High School cafeteria yesterday morning. While several students remain in critical condition, currently three students remain hospitalized and two students have died as a result of close range gunshot wounds.   Continue Reading...
Chicago Education Reform Taking Center Stage
posted by: Alix | February 27, 2012, 03:01 PM
Chicago has been an education reform epicenter ever since newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins in January 2011. Everything from length of school day to teacher pay have been hot topics of late; however, last week the issue hit critical mass as teacher union leaders called on educators throughout the city to ditch their classes in favor of blocking Mayer Emanuel's reforms.   Continue Reading...
New Report: Violent Crimes Decline in Public Schools
posted by: Alix | February 23, 2012, 11:30 AM
Violent crimes in public schools have been a hot topic in the American discourse for years. From Columbine to Virginia Tech, communities have realized that violent incidents can strike anywhere. Just this past January, Education Matters featured a story on the warning signs of school violence for educators. Although violence in schools remains a threat, a new report illustrates that violent crimes in the nation's schools have declined in recent years, while cyber bulling and youth suicides have risen.   Continue Reading...
Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Bold Reforms for the Big Apple
posted by: Alix | January 13, 2012, 05:53 PM
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his annual State of City address this week, and in it, described a new bold vision for education in the Big Apple. As the largest school system in the United States with over one million teachers and students, the plan is being hailed as a big step that will likely usher in a new era of reform in the city.   Continue Reading...
Green Schools See High Return on Investment
posted by: Alix | December 05, 2011, 05:06 PM
Last May, a report issued by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council found that "green schools" are not only better for students, teachers, and the environment, but are also benefiting the bottom line. At a time when districts everywhere are facing major budget shortfalls, a school system in Mississippi is putting the theory to the test.   Continue Reading...
School Districts Selling Ad Space to Raise Revenue
posted by: Alix | November 22, 2011, 11:17 AM
In the wake of the crippling recession and its decimating impact on state and local budgets, school districts across the country are searching for innovative ways of raising funds. In a bizarre turn, districts in states like Colorado, Utah, and New Jersey are selling advertisement space on everything from school buses to report cards. While the ideas will certainly be revenue generating, members of the public are beginning to call the moves inappropriate for the public school setting.   Continue Reading...
On the heels of introducing another jobs package that includes billion for education, President Obama addressed the nation's students in a telecast yesterday from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. While this is the third time President Obama has addressed students in a back-to-school speech, the motivational talk took a political turn in advocating for his billion-dollar proposals to hire more teachers and increase school infrastructure spending.   Continue Reading...
Creating a School Week that Works
posted by: Alix | August 22, 2011, 10:52 AM
One of the most debated aspects of school reform has been the issue of the traditional school schedule. Last fall, President Obama made headlines for advocating for a longer school day. Others argue a year-round environment is the best fit. While everyone has an opinion about the ideal schedule, budget shortfalls have forced a number of districts to shorten their school week, raising more questions about the perfect balance between length of school day and quality programs and curriculum.   Continue Reading...
Secretary Duncan Says Education Is Hurt by Politics
posted by: Alix | July 26, 2011, 10:35 AM
With our nation's schools slated to begin in the weeks to come, education has been a hot topic among policymakers at that state and local level. This week, at an ongoing education summit hosted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered some harsh remarks about not only the state of the Iowa school systems, but the overarching problems he believes our entire country's schools are facing.   Continue Reading...
Utah District Bucks Union
posted by: Alix | July 19, 2011, 01:13 PM
Utah's Ogden School District is a small district just north of Salt Lake City. A charming community with less than 1,000 teachers, Ogden is making news for its school board's decision to bypass local union negotiations in favor of sending individual contracts to teachers for the upcoming school year. While the move has obviously infuriated the local union, the move has been described as not only a trend in teacher negotiations, but the future of how policymakers and school districts will communicate with teachers, especially in areas with hostile and uncompromising unions.   Continue Reading...
Atlanta Cheating Scandal Raises Testing Questions
posted by: Alix | July 15, 2011, 10:53 AM
One of our country's largest school systems is experiencing the scandal of a generation. Based upon the findings of a July report commissioned by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, it was revealed that nearly 80 percent of Atlanta's schools showed signs of cheating by teachers on statewide performance tests. As new revelations surface daily, blame is shifting from teachers to administrators, and everyone else in between, raising even larger questions about the intense pressure teachers are facing over state and federal testing mandates.   Continue Reading...
The Great Homework Debate
posted by: Alix | July 01, 2011, 10:48 AM
What are your thoughts about homework in today's world? Conventional wisdom suggests students need homework to teach them to work independently and to reinforce curriculum after an initial lesson. While this is the intent of home-based projects, parents and students have been complaining that evenings filled with piles of worksheets can take away time from extracurricular activities and can be unfair to students without the proper home support. As a result, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school board has enacted a new policy that homework can count for only 10% of a student's overall grade.   Continue Reading...
Virtual School Programs Coming in Michigan
posted by: Alix | May 20, 2011, 10:07 AM
With states facing budget shortfalls, districts everywhere are coming up with new and innovative ideas to consolidate programs and brace for budget cuts. While cuts may be the new "normal" when it comes to education funding, one district in Michigan has implemented a virtual learning program that actually raises money for the district. Administrators at Oxford Community Schools have started a new virtual high school, meant to connect students in China with teachers in the district and vice versa.   Continue Reading...
President Obama Gives High School Commencement Address
posted by: Alix | May 17, 2011, 10:48 AM
President Obama stopped in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday to deliver Booker T. Washington High School's key note graduation address as part of the Department of Education's Commencement Challenge for 2011. Washington High secured the historic address from the President by illustrating how it overcame a history of disciplinary problems and high dropout rates by implementing reforms and turning the school into a sanctuary for troubled kids in inner city Memphis.   Continue Reading...
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