Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, In Oklahoma And Arizona

April 2, 201811:24 AM ET By: CLARE LOMBARDO & Anya Kamentez “I’m 54 years old and my paycheck is $1,980 [a month]. I can’t afford f****** health insurance.” That’s one of the first things Larry Cagle says on the phone. He is spitting nails. The Tulsa English teacher is one of the leaders of a grassroots organizing group, Oklahoma Teachers United, that they say represents … Continue reading Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, In Oklahoma And Arizona

Local school leaders sound public education alarm

  Carole Carlson –Post-Tribune May 14, 2018 From a statewide teacher shortage to state funding cuts, two Lake County educators painted a grim picture of public education at Monday’s Gary Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Calumet High School. They urged business people at the luncheon to lobby against additional education funding cuts. “Educators, we’re seen as complaining and we’re told we waste the money and don’t … Continue reading Local school leaders sound public education alarm

Sheldon superintendent worried about public education’s future

Sheldon School District superintendent Robin Spears tells the school board Monday, May 14, that he is deeply concerned about the future of public education in Iowa. He said voters must support candidates who back public schools.  School board vice president Susan Rensink and district business manager LaDonn Hartzell.  Tom Lawrence Tom Lawrence May 14, 2018 SHELDON—Sheldon School District superintendent Robin Spears is in his waning days in … Continue reading Sheldon superintendent worried about public education’s future

Computer glitches interrupt standardized testing in states across the country

Teacher Chandni Langford wrote inspirational messages on her fifth-graders’ desks Monday before they started four days of standardized tests in Woodbury, N.J. (Crystal Ramirez/Associated Press) By Valerie Strauss April 19 at 6:00 AM In Tennessee, an attack on a software vendor interrupted standardized testing this week and may have also caused delays in Mississippi. In Ohio, computers crashed statewide as students were getting ready to take that state’s tests. … Continue reading Computer glitches interrupt standardized testing in states across the country

Milwaukee parents, educators, students protest against public school takeover

Bridget Shanahan MILWAUKEE — Before classes began at schools all throughout the Milwaukee Public Schools district, hundreds gathered to walk in and make their voices heard. Teachers, parents, community and union members joined forces against a public school takeover: eventually under performing schools within MPS will be run by private entities. “I think the question needs to be is, ‘why are these schools are labeled … Continue reading Milwaukee parents, educators, students protest against public school takeover

Closing Low-Performing Schools is a Failing Reform Strategy

May 18th, 2017 Boulder, Colo. – Federal and state school accountability policies have used standardized test results to shine a spotlight on low-performing schools. A remedy offered to “turn around” low-performance in school districts is the option to close the doors of the low-performing schools and send students elsewhere. School Closure as a Strategy to Remedy Low Performance, authored byGail L. Sunderman of the University of … Continue reading Closing Low-Performing Schools is a Failing Reform Strategy

Should Failing Schools Be Closed?

If a company can’t make profit or manage its business correctly, the company inevitably fails and a better one takes its place. When public schools fail, they rarely “go out of business,” but instead go through a process of remediation and restructuring. There has been no evidence to show that restructuring procedures lead to significantly better academic outcomes, leaving many states to make the decision … Continue reading Should Failing Schools Be Closed?

14 Failing Schools Closing, Including Site of Bronx School Stabbing

Dec 18, 2017 · by Rebeca Ibarra The city is planning to close more than a dozen failing schools. Most are part of the de Blasio administration’s Renewal program for struggling schools and  haven’t shown enough improvement in the past three years. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said a big hurdle for many of the closing schools was getting their students to show up, and she thinks the city has to do … Continue reading 14 Failing Schools Closing, Including Site of Bronx School Stabbing

Mississippi First urges more transparency in student testing

BY KAYLEIGH SKINNER  APRIL 2, 2018 A new report suggests when it comes to state tests, Mississippi needs to be more transparent about what it measures and how often students take them. Mississippi First, a nonprofit advocacy group, worked with four undisclosed school districts to examine the amount of time students spend on state and district mandated testing, what factors may increase the amount of time spent on … Continue reading Mississippi First urges more transparency in student testing

As Tests Begin, Chancellor Comes Out Against ‘Opt Out’

The new chancellor, Richard A. Carranza, has called sitting out the state math and reading tests an “extreme reaction.” CreditRichard Drew/Associated Press By ELIZABETH A. HARRISAPRIL 10, 2018 New York City’s school chancellor Richard A. Carranza will be the first to tell you that he has a lot to learn. Since taking over at the education department last week, he has answered most questions about current challenges … Continue reading As Tests Begin, Chancellor Comes Out Against ‘Opt Out’