How are America’s public schools really doing?

It’s hard to find a public official today who, when talking about public schools, doesn’t talk about what a mess they are. Failing. Some of them are, in fact, failing kids. This piece, written by Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the author of “Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality,” takes a look at … Continue reading How are America’s public schools really doing?

Arizona Could Be a Case Study for Turning Teacher Protest Into Power

“I realized I wouldn’t be able to look my students in the eyes if I didn’t do everything possible.” EDWIN RIOSOCTOBER 12, 2018 6:00 AM In 2016, newly minted Arizona Teacher of the Year Christine Porter Marsh criss-crossed the state, giving speeches and listening to the concerns of her fellow educators. The Arizona Legislature had been slashing school funding for years—from 2008 through 2015, the education budget saw a bigger … Continue reading Arizona Could Be a Case Study for Turning Teacher Protest Into Power

Why Texas public schools are suffering. [Opinion]

David S. Knight  Oct. 11, 2018 Texas is a prosperous state, but lawmakers are failing to adequately finance public education, and communities and students are suffering the academic, physical and economic consequences. The upcoming legislative session provides a unique opportunity for our state’s elected leaders to right past wrongs, but a preliminary budget request from the Texas Education Agency projects a $3.5 billion decline in state … Continue reading Why Texas public schools are suffering. [Opinion]

Class sizes raise concerns for Mich. parents, districts, teachers

September 26, 2018 Jennifer Chambers, Korie Wilkins was happy with the small class sizes at her son’s elementary school for the last three years. Then the Rochester Community Schools parent heard a number this month that stopped her in her tracks: 30. “There are 30 kids in his class,” Wilkins said. “He has never had more than in the low-20s.” Despite pleas from parents and … Continue reading Class sizes raise concerns for Mich. parents, districts, teachers

Austin ISD considers increasing class sizes to save money

October 8, 2018 Tom Miller AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin ISD is considering increasing the student to teacher ratio next year at campuses throughout the district in an effort to reduce its multi-million dollar budget deficit. Under the proposal, kindergarten through fourth-grade classes could grow by as many as two students, increasing to 24 per teacher. Middle and high school classes could increase by as many as … Continue reading Austin ISD considers increasing class sizes to save money

Florida must prioritize public schools over charter schools, influencers say

September 17, 2018 05:00 AM Updated September 18, 2018 10:21 AM Charter schools play an important role in Florida’s education system but should not be prioritized over traditional public K-12 schools, according to a panel of the state’s leading voices. In a new survey of the Florida Influencers, a group of prominent political and policy figures from across the state, a majority (77 percent) said they … Continue reading Florida must prioritize public schools over charter schools, influencers say

State Board of Education Adopts Act 46 Forced Merger Guidelines

Foreground, from left: Vermont Agency of Education staff members Donna Russo-Savage, Brad James and Emily Simmons face the State Board of Education at a meeting in Bethel on Tuesday.  HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN OCT 3, 2018 After an all-day meeting Tuesday in Bethel, the State Board of Education has adopted a set of guidelines to help steer its decisions about which school districts will be forced to … Continue reading State Board of Education Adopts Act 46 Forced Merger Guidelines

It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

BY COLLEEN WRIGHT AND EMILY L. MAHONEY   October 12, 2018 08:07 AM   Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida’s public school teachers. The Florida Education Association advocates for the state’s nearly 200,000 educators, but it hasn’t been able to fend off these blows to public … Continue reading It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Orleans Parish School Board expands geographic priority for admission to public elementary, middle schools

Della Hasselle October 12, 2018 The Orleans Parish School Board voted Thursday night to tweak the geographic priority component of OneApp, the lottery system used to assign seats in most of the city’s public schools, following years of complaints from parents that children have been unable to attend schools close to their homes. Now, more students living within a half-mile of some, though not all, … Continue reading Orleans Parish School Board expands geographic priority for admission to public elementary, middle schools

Voter Guide 2018: Amendment 73: Quality Public Education Fund Amendment

Author: Philip Maravilla October 9, 2018 Amendment 73 would change the state constitution and state law on how tax revenue is raised to fund public education, from preschool to grade 12. Amendment 73 would establish the Quality Public Education Fund. Money from the fund would supplement public education funding appropriated through the general fund. The measure is projected to raise $726 million in FY2018-19 (a half-year impact) and $1.6 … Continue reading Voter Guide 2018: Amendment 73: Quality Public Education Fund Amendment