NYC Teachers' Free Pass? The Wall Street Journal crunched eight years worth of data, and found that more than 10 percent of principals did not flunk one teacher on their evaluations. "The findings give ammunition to Department of Education officials who say the teacher-rating system should be changed," WSJ's Lisa Fleisher writes. "New York City is one of a handful of school districts statewide that hasn't adopted a new, more nuanced system of grading teachers. ... Under the current system, teachers are either rated unsatisfactory or satisfactory. Annually, less than 3% of teachers citywide are marked "unsatisfactory."
A way to combat the challenges faced by students in poverty is to give their parents more options. Affluent parents can buy homes in neighborhoods with preferred school zones, home school or pay for a private school. But low-income parents don't have these opportunities.
Several sources suggested that the move spoke to a broader change in StudentsFirst: a group once extremely self-conscious about its positioning as a bipartisan organization is now more interested in being purist and ideological in implementing its ideas.
As a school-based PTA leader, my focus was on caring for the students and faculty of our school by building a strong membership and community business partnerships and offering quality programs and services.
As someone with a passion for education policy, I also wish our country showed a little more enthusiasm when it came to our academic standing in the world.
Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?
The class action lawsuit the ACLU announced last week against both Michigan and a tiny Detroit area school district for failing to educate its own children raises this question: Can schools ever compensate for the ills of poverty?
In the current economic climate, university administrators must consider the long-term implications of their decisions. These decisions will greatly impact the future of these institutions and the quality of research and education they provide.
The Florida Senate blocked a piece of legislation Friday that would give parents -- and likely private business interests -- significantly more influence over the state school system.
After all, giving students the authority to judge their teachers is based on the market-driven premise that the primary "consumers" of the "education industry" would be best to judge the quality of the merchandise.
This unfunded law -- SB 736 -- does absolutely nothing to improve the quality of education. There are many victims of Florida's senseless, wasteful education laws.
It's safe to say that for approximately 4 million teachers in our nation, education reform's F word is now -- Florida!
Two high school seniors from opposite ends of the country have one very important interest in common: They are counting down the days to cast their first ballots.
Dear Governor Scott, Are our legislators attempting to set a Guinness Record for record-breaking time to pass the most controversial legislation ev...
Florida's public education challenges are approaching us now with hurricane force. In fact, those in the education profession might describe it as a Category 5 storm.