Teachers join coalition of leaders to improve Michigan education

Jennifer Chambers June 20, 2018 A diverse, never-before assembled group of statewide business, education, labor, philanthropic and other leaders on Wednesday announced a campaign to create a thriving public education system in Michigan. On Wednesday, the group announced “Launch Michigan,” an initiative to create a thriving public education system in Michigan. Officials with the group said countless reports and research are clear: Michigan is facing an education crisis … Continue reading Teachers join coalition of leaders to improve Michigan education

Education inequity is holding back American potential

BY JOHN BRIDGELAND AND CARMEL MARTIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 06/07/18  Every day, teachers perform the heroic work of educating children. In the process, they make dozens of quick judgments about their students. Of course, teachers are no different from the rest of us — we all do this. Unfortunately, research shows these snap judgments are often influenced by stereotypes and unconscious biases, which can have a lasting … Continue reading Education inequity is holding back American potential

Fixing accreditation: The third rail of higher education reform

EMILY BOUCK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR 06/18/18  A student entering college today is more likely to leave with debt than a degree, and 31 million Americans have some college credit, but no degree or credential at all. Yet the degree is still the North Star for economic opportunity: a bachelor’s degree-holder earns one million dollars moreover their lifetime than their peers with only a high school diploma. While it may … Continue reading Fixing accreditation: The third rail of higher education reform

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

Walker calls himself ‘education governor,’ launches new ad

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press   JUNE 19, 2018 MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker is calling himself an “education governor,” launching a new ad Tuesday touting recent increases in funding as he sets a goal to make Wisconsin’s high school graduation rates the highest in the country. The moves come as Walker tries to blunt attacks from 10 Democratic opponents who have made criticism of … Continue reading Walker calls himself ‘education governor,’ launches new ad

African-American teachers push messages of affirmation, success at Philadelphia school

“I’ve been that child under the desk crying because my father wasn’t around,” said one African-American teacher. by Ron Allen and Leah Smith  / Jun.16.2018 / 2:29 PM ET  PHILADELPHIA — “You’re great!” That’s what every student hears from teacher Herman Douglas when they enter his seventh-grade class at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in a neighborhood of North Philadelphia plagued with crime, violence and poverty. “I’m … Continue reading African-American teachers push messages of affirmation, success at Philadelphia school

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