America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

  Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 20% of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the United States during the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). That makes teachers considerably less racially and ethnically diverse than their students – as well as the nation as a whole. By comparison, 51% of all public elementary and secondary school students in … Continue reading America’s public school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students

Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike — unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5

By  Dahlia Bazzaz  It’s official: Teachers and school staff in Seattle voted to authorize a strike Tuesday evening. The strike could take effect if negotiations with Seattle Public Schools don’t result in a tentative contract by the first day of school, Sept. 5. The vote followed perhaps the state’s first official strikes that disrupted the first day of school in two southwest Washington districts Tuesday; teachers in four additional Clark … Continue reading Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike — unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5

Families of public school students with disabilities win legal battle

By BEN CHAPMAN AUG 29, 2018  Families of public school students with disabilities won a legal battle Tuesday when a federal court judge dismissed the city’s attempt to throw their suit out on procedural grounds. The lawsuit filed in October 2017 by three city families with the advocacy group Advocates for Children charged the city Department of Education with failing to provide legally mandated services for … Continue reading Families of public school students with disabilities win legal battle

Plans to improve public education advance in Annapolis

BY MICHAEL B. JEFFERSON AUG 27, 2018 There was good back-to-school news for Baltimore students and families in the work session held last week in Annapolis by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, better known as the Kirwan Commission. Under the recommendations of the panel’s working group, pre-K would become much more accessible to three and four year olds and teachers would get a … Continue reading Plans to improve public education advance in Annapolis

Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

Lori Higgins, Aug. 29, 2018 The Detroit school district is shutting off drinking water to all of its schools after test results found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 out of 24 schools that were recently tested. “Although we have no evidence that there are elevated levels of copper or lead in our other schools where we are awaiting test results, out of an … Continue reading Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

While support for a four-day school week won, the opposition is nearly even in some areas

August 23, 2018 By: Austin Howard FARGO—According to a recent InForum poll with the question. “Would you like to see local districts adopt a 4-day school week?” Minnesotans and North Dakotans are mostly split in their decision. Out of the 26 Minnesota votes, it was a 50/50 split with 13 in favor and 13 against the four-day school week. In North Dakota, 90 voted in favor … Continue reading While support for a four-day school week won, the opposition is nearly even in some areas

Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

By Maria Danilova / The Associated Press August 23, 2018    WASHINGTON — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes … Continue reading Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS WHAT CHARTER SCHOOLS DON’T TELL PARENTS. SEE THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION HERE Arizona Republic Aug. 22, 2018 With Arizona public schools struggling to raise students’ standardized test scores, the Legislature in 1994 began a grand experiment: charter schools. They were exempted from state procurement or conflict-of-interest laws and the oversight of elected boards. With less regulation, charters could succeed where traditional public schools had failed, proponents argued. Today, about … Continue reading Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

(HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

And there’s no factor that can explain it other than racism. ADAM HARRIS 1:06 PM ET It’s expensive to be poor. And few places in higher education feel that more acutely than historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), where endowments are typically smaller and enrollments have fluctuated wildly over the past decade. Now, to be clear, the financial misfortune of black colleges does not rest squarely on their shoulders. … Continue reading (HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

State education officials tout mediocre college-readiness ranking (Idaho)

Wayne Hoffman July 24, 2018 Parents, students, and competent teachers deserve better than a public education system that celebrates mediocrity. That’s what they got earlier this month when the state’s top education officials hailed a report that ranks Idaho No. 5 nationally for college readiness of its graduating high school seniors. The ranking comes from U.S. News & World Report, which looked at college-entrance test … Continue reading State education officials tout mediocre college-readiness ranking (Idaho)