2018’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems

Jul 30, 2018  |  Adam McCann ecuring a child’s academic success begins with choosing the right schools. But how can parents decide where to enroll their kids? Because children develop and learn at different rates, the ideal answer to that question varies based on each student’s needs. Unfortunately, most parents can’t afford to place their children in exclusive, private or preparatory schools that give their students greater individual attention. For … Continue reading 2018’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems

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

No, private schools aren’t better at educating kids than public schools. Why this new study matters.

By Valerie Strauss July 26, 2018 Despite evidence showing otherwise, it remains conventional wisdom in many parts of the education world that private schools do a better job of educating students, with superior standardized test scores and outcomes. It is one of the claims that some supporters of school choice make in arguing that the public should pay for private school education. The only problem? … Continue reading No, private schools aren’t better at educating kids than public schools. Why this new study matters.

Report slams Texas’ underfunding of public schools

By John Austin   Jul 29, 2018 AUSTIN — Texas’ school-age population is the nation’s fastest-growing, with about 850,000 new pupils in the past decade, but over the same period, the state cut public-education spending by $2.5 billion. The cuts are second only to Florida’s, according to a new report from the American Federation of Teachers, which tracks post-recession education investments nationwide. Instead of spending on … Continue reading Report slams Texas’ underfunding of public schools

If you have a kid in public school (or know one), you need to follow this race

If you care about public education, about what Arizona students are learning and how well prepared they are to succeed in college and beyond, you should care who wins the election for superintendent of public instruction. Even if the office is largely administrative. The education superintendent alone can’t change what we pay teachers, what we teach students or how we grade schools’ performance. That’s up to … Continue reading If you have a kid in public school (or know one), you need to follow this race

Iowa’s public education advocates hope to extend the state sales tax for school facilities, classroom technology

  As they call for more money for classrooms, Iowa school advocates hope legislators will extend a sales tax levy that pours millions of dollars each year into infrastructure and technology for the state’s public schools. Bipartisan negotiations over the past couple years have resulted in a plan to extend a statewide 1 cent sales tax for another 20 years to fund school infrastructure projects … Continue reading Iowa’s public education advocates hope to extend the state sales tax for school facilities, classroom technology

What is Gov. Matt Bevin doing with Kentucky’s education boards?

Mandy McLaren,  July 22, 2018  Gov. Matt Bevin is doubling down on the use of executive power to expand his authority over the future of Kentucky’s public schools. Bevin quietly altered or abolished several education boards this month through executive order, reasoning that the changes will streamline bureaucracy and enhance student learning. But his main political foe is calling the shakeup illegal. “The Bevin administration … Continue reading What is Gov. Matt Bevin doing with Kentucky’s education boards?

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