New Mexico loses education lawsuit

By Dan Mckay And Shelby Perea / Journal Staff Writers Friday, July 20th, 2018 SANTA FE – New Mexico is violating the constitutional rights of at-risk students by failing to provide them with a sufficient education, a state judge ruled Friday in a blistering, landmark decision. Judge Sarah Singleton ordered the governor and Legislature to establish a funding system that meets constitutional requirements by April 15 … Continue reading New Mexico loses education lawsuit

Eye will be on elections as Appleton hosts fourth annual public education summit

Mica Soellner,  July 24, 2018 APPLETON – Public education advocates are determined to have their voices heard this election season. The fourth annual Summer Summit hosted by the Wisconsin Public Education Network will be held Aug. 1 at Appleton North High School. The summit will focus on the challenges facing public education, with guest speakers and panelists addressing how to make it a focus in the upcoming elections. … Continue reading Eye will be on elections as Appleton hosts fourth annual public education summit

New state law requires mental health education in school curriculum

By: Lexi Nahl Posted: Jul 09, 2018 09:27 PM EDT ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Come September, school children across New York State could be walking into classes that discuss mental health for the first time. The New York State Mental Health Association said some schools already teach mental health, but a law mandating a mental health curriculum is long overdue. “There is a crying need that we … Continue reading New state law requires mental health education in school curriculum

Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities

Vanessa Tijerina addresses the panel about her 13-year-old special needs child who has been denied special education for four years on December 13, 2016. U.S. Department of Education officials held a meeting in Edinburg on their tour of Texas to hear community members’ experiences with special education, continuing an investigation of whether Texas is capping services for students with disabilities.  Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune … Continue reading Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities

New Research: Despite Great Enthusiasm for Personalized Learning, Teachers Say Attempts to Innovate Are Often Stymied by School District Bureaucracy

Credit: Helen H. Richardson June 21, 2018  KATE STRINGER When school districts adopt personalized learning, the bulk of the work falls to teachers, who, while excited about the opportunity to innovate, are often not supported by their school systems to implement and share their ideas. That’s according to new research from the Center on Reinventing Public Education, which analyzed the efforts of districts and organizations that received … Continue reading New Research: Despite Great Enthusiasm for Personalized Learning, Teachers Say Attempts to Innovate Are Often Stymied by School District Bureaucracy

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.

PED releases report card grades on state’s teacher prep programs

Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski By Shelby Perea Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Starting July 1, teacher preparation programs in the state will be graded by the Public Education Department with the majority of points coming from components of its teacher evaluations — a controversial measuring system that gubernatorial candidates have vowed to do away with. The new rule allows PED to rate educator … Continue reading PED releases report card grades on state’s teacher prep programs

With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

BY MARTA W. ALDRICH JUNE 11, 2018 Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, under development for more than a year as part of Tennessee’s sweeping plan to usher in a new era of school quality. Now the state Education Department has come up … Continue reading With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

Commentary: To Improve Education in Our Technological World, Put Teachers in Charge of ‘Doing Different’ and Empower Them to Innovate

June 18, 2018  TED KOLDERIE With personalized and digital learning approaching, traditional real school is obsolete. Now, for learning to be better, school will have to be different. This means the traditional process for change is also obsolete. Getting fundamentally different schools will require a fundamentally different process. What improved the existing will not produce schooling of the sort now needed and now possible. The … Continue reading Commentary: To Improve Education in Our Technological World, Put Teachers in Charge of ‘Doing Different’ and Empower Them to Innovate