Time to reinforce the building blocks of the American dream

BY MIKE TAMOR, 07/30/18 02:30 PM  Successful nations, just like successful businesses, are built on three things: people, education and ideas. By opening our nation’s doors to people ready to build new lives and abide by the Constitution, the U.S. has become a stronger, more vibrant nation. By investing heavily in public education, the nation transformed both natives and newcomers into literate, numerate Americans ready … Continue reading Time to reinforce the building blocks of the American dream

This effort is Utah’s chance to improve public education

Less than 50 percent of Utah students are currently proficient in key subjects. That’s not good enough to prepare the workforce of the future. Especially at risk are students who don’t have strong family support or are otherwise disadvantaged. By A. Scott Anderson July 25, 2018 I’ve long been convinced that improving public schools is the best way to p repare our young people for great … Continue reading This effort is Utah’s chance to improve public education

LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise school opens Monday with hopes of changing public education

By TANIA GANGULI JUL 30, 2018 LeBron James does not do anything halfheartedly. So when Michele Campbell, the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, suggested to the now-Lakers star that their mission might be easier to accomplish if they opened a school, James reacted as if the answer was obvious. “‘Well, why aren’t you doing that?’ ” Campbell recalls James asking. Monday will be … Continue reading LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise school opens Monday with hopes of changing public education

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)

What’s behind Scott Wagner’s public school pivot? (Pennsylvania)

State Sen. Scott Wagner, of York County, was the first Republican to announce a gubernatorial bid challenging incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf.(PennLive file photos) By John L. Micek   So here’s one you probably didn’t see coming: Republican governor candidate Scott Wagner, who once said Pennsylvania could lay off 10 percent of its public school teachers and they wouldn’t be missed, is trying to set up himself up this … Continue reading What’s behind Scott Wagner’s public school pivot? (Pennsylvania)

Parents and taxpayers, you have 6 days to tell state officials what you want out of Washington’s public schools

A screenshot from the Washington State Board of Education’s public feedback survey. The survey, which closes early Monday morning, asks the public to rank the importance of several education issues ranging from language access to universal pre-Kindergarten. It also asks for ways that the state is impeding student success. Dahlia Bazzaz July 24, 2018 What do you want your children to get out of Washington … Continue reading Parents and taxpayers, you have 6 days to tell state officials what you want out of Washington’s public schools

Questions surround ruling on New Mexico education funding

Shelby Perea and Dan Boyd Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 A judge’s ruling that New Mexico has not been meeting its constitutional obligation to provide a sufficient education for all students — especially those characterized as at-risk — continued to reverberate Monday, with plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit hailing it as a harbinger of a fairer K-12 system. But the Public Education Department told the Journal … Continue reading Questions surround ruling on New Mexico education funding

Does Florida Provide ‘High Quality’ Public Education? State Supremes Ready to Wade in

JIM SAUNDERS  July 24, 2018 – When Florida voters went to the polls in 1998, more than 70 percent approved a constitutional amendment that required the state to provide an “uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality” system of public schools. But two decades later, the Florida Supreme Court is preparing to wade into a long-running battle about whether the state has adequately carried out … Continue reading Does Florida Provide ‘High Quality’ Public Education? State Supremes Ready to Wade in

Missouri’s education policy is failing our children, our future

By State Rep. Doug Beck July 20, 2018 Like me, you want to assume that every child in Missouri gets a strong, equal education no matter what ZIP code he or she lives in. Instead, continued state funding cuts and tricks to the books are leaving students in rural and poorer communities behind. In addition to negatively affecting those children’s future college and career readiness, … Continue reading Missouri’s education policy is failing our children, our future

Salary disparities are hurting special education students too

Qualified special education teachers are leaving nonprofits at an alarming rate Special education teachers working in certain New York City nonprofits are paid much less than teachers with the DOE.  By TOM MCALVANAH JULY 20, 2018 On June 28, New York Nonprofit Media’s piece on a New York City Council Education Committee hearing titled New York City Nonprofits continue push to raise pay for early childhood educators chronicled … Continue reading Salary disparities are hurting special education students too