DCS elementary teachers to focus on reading

By Deangelo McDaniel  Jun 21, 2018 Decatur City Schools is returning to a proven program — the Alabama Reading Initiative — that has raised academic performance, and every elementary teacher in the district is attending training on it this week.   The district’s more than 200 teachers are spending a week of professional development acquiring or retooling reading skills, and were put in real-class situations to work … Continue reading DCS elementary teachers to focus on reading

Teachers Need More Training Than Rules Allowed, Judge Says

By Elizabeth A. Harris June 20, 2018 A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed some charter schools to decide on their own who was qualified to teach. The rules, enacted last year by the State University of New York, one of the two entities that grants charters in the state, were part of 2016 deal in the state legislature. In exchange … Continue reading Teachers Need More Training Than Rules Allowed, Judge Says

How bad is teacher pay? Nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a second job, report says

By: Moriah Balingit They work as private tutors and soccer coaches, as waiters, grocery clerks and ride-share drivers. Across the country, 18 percent of teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report released Wednesday. The finding comes from a nationally representative survey of teachers conducted in the 2015-2016 school year. The report emerges in a year when teachers … Continue reading How bad is teacher pay? Nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a second job, report says

Opinion: Higher Education in America Finds Itself on a Slippery Slope

Our great research universities risk getting left behind Posted Jun 18, 2018  Norman Augustine A decade ago I chaired a committee that was established on a bipartisan basis by members of the House and Senate to assess America’s future economic competitiveness. The committee’s 20 members included CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, former presidential appointees, presidents of major public and private universities and three Nobel laureates. … Continue reading Opinion: Higher Education in America Finds Itself on a Slippery Slope

Education inequity is holding back American potential

BY JOHN BRIDGELAND AND CARMEL MARTIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 06/07/18  Every day, teachers perform the heroic work of educating children. In the process, they make dozens of quick judgments about their students. Of course, teachers are no different from the rest of us — we all do this. Unfortunately, research shows these snap judgments are often influenced by stereotypes and unconscious biases, which can have a lasting … Continue reading Education inequity is holding back American potential

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.

PED releases report card grades on state’s teacher prep programs

Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski By Shelby Perea Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Starting July 1, teacher preparation programs in the state will be graded by the Public Education Department with the majority of points coming from components of its teacher evaluations — a controversial measuring system that gubernatorial candidates have vowed to do away with. The new rule allows PED to rate educator … Continue reading PED releases report card grades on state’s teacher prep programs

With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

BY MARTA W. ALDRICH JUNE 11, 2018 Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, under development for more than a year as part of Tennessee’s sweeping plan to usher in a new era of school quality. Now the state Education Department has come up … Continue reading With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

Why our schools are failing

Most teachers do not teach because of the money. Updated Jun 13; Posted Jun 12 By Robert Wilkerson When people say our schools are failing, they have overstated the problem. The truth is many of our schools are failing, but some are doing quite well. The ones that are failing are not failing because prayer was taken out of schools, or teachers are lazy, or any of the … Continue reading Why our schools are failing

Editorial: Education funding is still broken

Sunday, June 17, 2018 Last week, several hundred students, teachers and parents marched from Franklin High School to city hall to protest budget cuts that are decimating faculty and shortchanging Franklin’s children. The district is slated to lose 14 positions. That’s on top of the 14 positions the school district cut over the past two years. Franklin’s tax cap deserves some of the blame for the situation, … Continue reading Editorial: Education funding is still broken