As public education stumbles, democracy falls

By Wendy Lecker Sunday, August 5, 2018 There is a disturbing trend in American policy where a powerful few use government to benefit themselves at the expense of the many. The most recent example is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s proposal to implement a $100 billion tax cut that would primarily benefit the 0.1 percent of earners, including himself. Simultaneously, there are proposals to impose punitive … Continue reading As public education stumbles, democracy falls

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

Best Schools: Virginia Public Education Ranks In Top 10, DC Fails

The value placed on the teaching profession can have a big effect on the quality of public education in Virginia and Washington, DC By Deb Belt,  Aug 6, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC — Students will be going back to school in a few weeks, but where they live often determines the quality of their education, according to a new study that ranks the states with the best … Continue reading Best Schools: Virginia Public Education Ranks In Top 10, DC Fails

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

LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise school opens Monday with hopes of changing public education

By TANIA GANGULI JUL 30, 2018 LeBron James does not do anything halfheartedly. So when Michele Campbell, the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, suggested to the now-Lakers star that their mission might be easier to accomplish if they opened a school, James reacted as if the answer was obvious. “‘Well, why aren’t you doing that?’ ” Campbell recalls James asking. Monday will be … Continue reading LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise school opens Monday with hopes of changing public education