DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

By Perry Stein August 22 at 9:12 PM Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a surprise visit Wednesday to three D.C. public schools to mark the start of the year and celebrate their notable gains on a national standardized test. The elementary schools — Hendley, Simon and Amidon-Bowen — are part of the traditional public school system and serve children who are predominately from low-income and African … Continue reading DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

  Wisconsin has one of the 10 best public school systems in the country, according to a new study by the financial consumer website, WalletHub. In its report “2018 Best and Worst Public Schools,” WalletHub ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on scores across 25 key metrics within two main categories – “quality of education” and “school safety.” Wisconsin ranked ninth … Continue reading Despite Wisconsin’s top 10 public school ranking, debate over education funding remains

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

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

TNReady test results show Hamilton County middle and high school students fell further behind

July 19th, 2018 by Meghan Mangrum Elementary school students in Hamilton County’s public schools saw slight improvements in TNReady test results compared to last year, while students in middle and high school fell further behind. The results, released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education, show that 34.3 percent of third- through fifth-graders are reading on grade level, compared to 32 percent in 2017. Statewide, 35.7 percent of students were on … Continue reading TNReady test results show Hamilton County middle and high school students fell further behind

State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Kristy Moody, principal of Fairmount Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, walks with a kindergarten class in 2016, her first year at the school. Now entering her third year, state officials questioned whether she should continue at the school, given its latest D grade. But Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego called Moody “the right person” for the job. Fairmount Park is one of five chronically … Continue reading State to keep close watch on five ‘turnaround’ schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas

Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

  By Jeffrey Solochek Published: July 19, 2018 TURNAROUNDS: With 2018 state grades out, Hillsborough and Pinellas school district leaders bring improvement plans for their most struggling campuses to the Florida Board of Education for approval. Each gets warnings that their plans must include highly rated teachers, using the state’s standards. • The board approves plans for two Duval County schools without any reservations, the Florida Times-Union reports. VOUCHERS: The Florida Board of Education adopts rules to … Continue reading Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

by Michelle Diament | July 10, 2018 The Trump administration is officially postponing implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to prevent kids from certain backgrounds from being wrongly placed in special education. In a final rule published July 3 in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education halted the so-called “significant disproportionality” rule, which was supposed to take effect this month, for two years. “This delay will … Continue reading Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

By Tony Wan     Jul 9, 2018 For much of this decade, the narrative of tech giants battling to sell devices in U.S. K-12 classrooms has pitted Apple against Google. But through an ongoing series of product launches and acquisitions, Microsoft has been making its case to be the dark horse in the race. Today, the Redmond, Wash.-based company continued its streak of education announcements with the launch … Continue reading Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

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.