Orleans Parish School Board expands geographic priority for admission to public elementary, middle schools

Della Hasselle October 12, 2018 The Orleans Parish School Board voted Thursday night to tweak the geographic priority component of OneApp, the lottery system used to assign seats in most of the city’s public schools, following years of complaints from parents that children have been unable to attend schools close to their homes. Now, more students living within a half-mile of some, though not all, … Continue reading Orleans Parish School Board expands geographic priority for admission to public elementary, middle schools

OPINION: Public school buildings belong to public school students — including charter students

Nina Rees October 03, 2018 As children conclude their first weeks of school across America, how do you envision their school buildings? The traditional brick-front building with big windows and rows of tidy desks? A more modern structure with laptops at workstations and a dual-use gym and theater? How about an abandoned big box store in a strip mall? For charter school students in many … Continue reading OPINION: Public school buildings belong to public school students — including charter students

Local superintendents address state of public education at forum

MIDDLETOWN — Schools are often seen as a reflection of society, as Middletown schools Superintendent Richard Del Moro put it during a town hall discussion about the state of public education Thursday evening. For example, district administrators are hiring more experts to help students cope with issues outside the classroom. These experts often include psychologists, crisis interventionists, social workers and school resource officers. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frecordonline%2Fvideos%2F2124275681169508%2F&show_text=0&width=560 “The … Continue reading Local superintendents address state of public education at forum

Why public school funding isn’t working in Texas

By David DeMatthews and David S. Knight  Sep. 27, 2018  Texas is a prosperous state, but lawmakers are failing to adequately finance public education, and communities and students are suffering the academic, physical and economic consequences. The upcoming legislative session provides a unique opportunity for our state’s elected leaders to right the past wrongs, but a preliminary budget request from the Texas Education Agency projects … Continue reading Why public school funding isn’t working in Texas

Willow Public School receives $250,000 grant

Brenden Koch Sep 26, 2018 Willow Public School has been granted $250,000 by the NewSchools Venture Fund. The Walla Walla charter school was one of 19 schools across the nation to receive money from the California-based philanthropic firm, which uses donations received to support teams of educators and entrepreneurs “who are re-imagining public education to create great results for all students,” according to the NewSchools … Continue reading Willow Public School receives $250,000 grant

“This is a Struggle to Save Public Education”

AN INTERVIEW WITH ARLENE INOUYE The teachers strike wave has reached Los Angeles: teachers there recently voted overwhelmingly to strike. They are fighting against school privatization, wage and benefit cuts, and the nationwide project to dismantle public education. he education strike wave initiated by West Virginia’s wildcat has reached the coasts. Teachers in Washington and Pennsylvania have walked off the job to demand better wages and better schools. And in late … Continue reading “This is a Struggle to Save Public Education”

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

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