Teachers join coalition of leaders to improve Michigan education

Jennifer Chambers June 20, 2018 A diverse, never-before assembled group of statewide business, education, labor, philanthropic and other leaders on Wednesday announced a campaign to create a thriving public education system in Michigan. On Wednesday, the group announced “Launch Michigan,” an initiative to create a thriving public education system in Michigan. Officials with the group said countless reports and research are clear: Michigan is facing an education crisis … Continue reading Teachers join coalition of leaders to improve Michigan education

Teachers Need More Training Than Rules Allowed, Judge Says

By Elizabeth A. Harris June 20, 2018 A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed some charter schools to decide on their own who was qualified to teach. The rules, enacted last year by the State University of New York, one of the two entities that grants charters in the state, were part of 2016 deal in the state legislature. In exchange … Continue reading Teachers Need More Training Than Rules Allowed, Judge Says

Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

By Valerie Strauss May 24, 2018 In 2013, the Chicago school district closed 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the face of a $1 billion deficit, the largest mass school closure in the country’s modern history. Schools officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel made this promise to nearly 12,000 mostly African American students from families living in poverty: When you are sent to a … Continue reading Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

Why our schools are failing

Most teachers do not teach because of the money. Updated Jun 13; Posted Jun 12 By Robert Wilkerson When people say our schools are failing, they have overstated the problem. The truth is many of our schools are failing, but some are doing quite well. The ones that are failing are not failing because prayer was taken out of schools, or teachers are lazy, or any of the … Continue reading Why our schools are failing

SAISD’s Martinez: Charter, Traditional Public Schools Should ‘Work Together’

EMILY DONALDSON Despite rhetoric that increasingly pits traditional public schools against charters, most parents don’t care which form their children’s public education takes as long as they are learning, San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez told a national charter school conference Monday. “Families want an environment where their children are going to thrive,” Martinez told an audience at the National Charter Schools Conference in … Continue reading SAISD’s Martinez: Charter, Traditional Public Schools Should ‘Work Together’

Walker calls himself ‘education governor,’ launches new ad

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press   JUNE 19, 2018 MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker is calling himself an “education governor,” launching a new ad Tuesday touting recent increases in funding as he sets a goal to make Wisconsin’s high school graduation rates the highest in the country. The moves come as Walker tries to blunt attacks from 10 Democratic opponents who have made criticism of … Continue reading Walker calls himself ‘education governor,’ launches new ad

Public Schools For a New Generation: 5 Reasons Why Millennials Will Bend the Arc of American Education

One of my goals this year is inspiring fellow millennials to join the work of improving America’s public schools. Last November, I wrote in The 74 about the results of a poll showing that millennials believe education provides the best opportunity for success in life — much more so than factors like how much money you have or who your connections are. As with baby boomers and Generation … Continue reading Public Schools For a New Generation: 5 Reasons Why Millennials Will Bend the Arc of American Education

DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

June 18, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series of rapid-fire scandals, including one about rigged graduation rates, … Continue reading DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

De Blasio’s plan to diversify elite NYC high schools would admit top performers from every middle school

Mayor Bill de Blasio brought together city officials, elected leaders and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza to seek to elminate a single test from being the only factor in deciding whether a student gets into a top high school in New York City. (Todd Maisel / New York Daily News) By CATHERINA GIOINO and ERIN DURKIN JUN 04, 2018  Top students from every public middle school would be … Continue reading De Blasio’s plan to diversify elite NYC high schools would admit top performers from every middle school

Are public schools the enemy, or the answer, to the challenges before us now?

Franklin Graham speaks during his “Decision America” California tour stop at the Fresno Fairgrounds on Monday, May 28, 2018. CRAIG KOHLRUSS Fresno Bee file BY ANDREW FIALA   June 01, 2018 10:00 AM Updated June 01, 2018 10:00 AM When the Rev. Franklin Graham was in Fresno last week, he said “the enemy has gotten control of our schools, our education.” This language is disheartening. To claim that “the … Continue reading Are public schools the enemy, or the answer, to the challenges before us now?