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

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

Pittsburgh Public Schools consider arming school police

JAMIE MARTINES Oct. 2, 2018, Pittsburgh Public Schools are exploring a possible policy change that would allow school police officers to carry guns. Pittsburgh Public Schools police Chief George Brown told the board Monday that officers need guns to do their jobs. He added that they’ve been trained to work with all students and to de-escalate conflicts. “We live it; we don’t talk about it,” … Continue reading Pittsburgh Public Schools consider arming school police

More Than Money: A Tech Giant’s Commitment to Public Schools

Caitlin Reilly October 4, 2018 Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, recently committed $15.5 million to local school districts in San Francisco and Oakland. With this gift, Salesforce has given more than $50 million to Bay Area public schools over the company’s five-year partnership with the districts. Salesforce has long been a trailblazer in corporate giving. Under the leadership of co-CEO Marc Benioff, the company … Continue reading More Than Money: A Tech Giant’s Commitment to Public Schools

Do Public School Students Have Constitutional Rights?

The Supreme Court used to answer with a resounding yes. In recent decades, regrettably, it has changed its mind. By Justin Driver Mr. Driver is a law professor. Aug. 31, 2018 On Tuesday, as many students around the country start the school year, the eyes of the nation will turn to the Senate Judiciary Committee as it begins hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to our … Continue reading Do Public School Students Have Constitutional Rights?

Education department investigating high school’s online courses

By Susan Edelman July 14, 2018 When Laurenz Santiago showed up in his cap and gown at Westchester Square Academy, he and his family got a humiliating reception. “Your son may not be attending the graduation,” his stunned dad, Edward Santiago, said a school staffer told him. The parents were ushered into Principal Yira Salcedo’s office. She explained that Laurenz was among five seniors who could … Continue reading Education department investigating high school’s online courses

Growing student population turning Lehigh Senior High into ‘mega school’

Principal, Jackie Corey , highlights why a new high school is needed in the area as well as what she is doing at her school to accommodate 300 more students this coming school year. Fort Myers News-Press Thyrie Bland,  July 6, 2018 When school resumes in August, Lehigh Senior High School will have at least 236 more students than it did during the 2017-18 school year. … Continue reading Growing student population turning Lehigh Senior High into ‘mega school’

Vermonters React To Education Agency’s Statewide Merger Proposal, Required By Act 46

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN & AMY KOLB NOYES JUN 5, 2018 A nearly 200-page report was released by the Vermont Agency of Education on Friday, and school districts around Vermont are going through the state’s school consolidation recommendations. Acting Education Secretary Heather Bouchey found it doesn’t make sense for 22 school districts to merge. But the proposal does point to 18 others where the districts should be forced to … Continue reading Vermonters React To Education Agency’s Statewide Merger Proposal, Required By Act 46

Trump Administration Backs Off Reshuffling of Student Debt Collection

An Education Department plan to begin cutting large debt collection firms out of the student loan system is on hold after Congress warned against move. By Andrew Kreighbaum July 9, 2018 The Department of Education planned this month to begin reshaping the role of private debt collection firms in handling student loans by pulling defaulted borrower accounts from a handful of large private contractors. Lawmakers who … Continue reading Trump Administration Backs Off Reshuffling of Student Debt Collection

Opinion: Education fraud continues

By Walter Williams April 26, 2018 at 3:01 a.m. Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation’s Report Card, was released. It’s not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th graders tested proficient or better in reading, and 25 percent did so in math. Among black students, 17 percent tested proficient or better in reading, and 7 percent reached … Continue reading Opinion: Education fraud continues