DCS elementary teachers to focus on reading

By Deangelo McDaniel  Jun 21, 2018 Decatur City Schools is returning to a proven program — the Alabama Reading Initiative — that has raised academic performance, and every elementary teacher in the district is attending training on it this week.   The district’s more than 200 teachers are spending a week of professional development acquiring or retooling reading skills, and were put in real-class situations to work … Continue reading DCS elementary teachers to focus on reading

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’

This Week’s ESSA News: Tennessee Gets Creative on School Ratings, Opt-Outs Give Utah & New York Trouble, Leveraging Results From Innovation Investments & More

June 18, 2018  ASHLEY INMAN This update on the Every Student Succeeds Act and the education plans now being refined by state legislatures is produced in partnership with ESSA Essentials, a new series from the Collaborative for Student Success. It’s an offshoot of their ESSA Advance newsletter. Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson was recently approved to seek a temporary reprieve from ESSA’s requirement that … Continue reading This Week’s ESSA News: Tennessee Gets Creative on School Ratings, Opt-Outs Give Utah & New York Trouble, Leveraging Results From Innovation Investments & More

How America’s Schools Have (and Haven’t) Changed in the 64 Years Since the Brown v. Board Verdict — as Told in 15 Charts

By KEVIN MAHNKEN | May 13, 2018 Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will … Continue reading How America’s Schools Have (and Haven’t) Changed in the 64 Years Since the Brown v. Board Verdict — as Told in 15 Charts

LAUSD board frees principals of struggling schools from having to hire teachers sent to them by the district

Nick Melvoin, the board’s vice president, asked at Tuesday’s meeting for all schools to be allowed the hiring freedom. Laura Greanias June 15, 2018 About one-fourth of LA Unified schools have just won a coveted freedom: the right to hire the best teacher for the job. However, the majority of Los Angeles schools are still shackled by a longtime districtwide policy that forces principals to … Continue reading LAUSD board frees principals of struggling schools from having to hire teachers sent to them by the district

Teachers converge on Baton Rouge to bring education to the forefront

By: Renee Allen Posted: Jun 18, 2018 08:17 PM CDT   A coalition of teachers, students, parents and leaders are in Baton Rouge to fight for public funding for education. Rachelle Dehrab represents the Louisiana Association of Educators and teaches in Iberia Parish. Dehrab is headed to Baton Rouge to join others who don’t want to see education undergo a budget cut. “It’s not worth it.  Kids … Continue reading Teachers converge on Baton Rouge to bring education to the forefront

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

NYC to fund anti-bias training for educators

Riia O’Donnell May 1, 2018 Dive Brief: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled the city’s 2019 budget, which includes $23 million to fund anti-bias training for its educators. The funding will bring training to all educators by 2022, according to multiple media reports. The budget allocates $4.8 million for culturally responsive practices and implicit bias training beginning July 1, the New York Daily News reports. The … Continue reading NYC to fund anti-bias training for educators

Parents Line Up in Opposition to DPS Special-Education Cuts

NORA OLABI | MARCH 16, 2018 | 3:32PM Earlier this year, Denver Public Schools announced it was cutting about $5 million from its budget, or about fifty central administration jobs, to provide schools with more funding in the 2018-2019 school year. About 86 percent of those cuts will directly or partially affect district-level special-education services by eliminating central office jobs, vacancies and some supervisors, which comes out to about thirty job terminations in the … Continue reading Parents Line Up in Opposition to DPS Special-Education Cuts