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School Reform

Public School Choice: Applying Lessons We Learned Last Year to Demand Real Results for Reform

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

Last year, I was a leading partner and advocate in the creation of the Public School Choice motion, because I believed that this program was a critica...

The Key to Education Reform? Better Parents

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

It's first period, 8:05 A.M., and I'm taking attendance. The late bell rang five minutes ago. Twelve students are present and seated, though my class roster indicates that 38 should be here by now.

We Need to Make Eye Contact

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

This week the New York State Regents, the governing body that makes educational decisions in the state, unanimously enacted changes in teacher certification. I wish I could say these changes are reforms.

What the NFL Draft Can Teach School Reformers

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

We judge a school's or a program's or a teacher's efforts based on a single, easily quantifiable measure: basic-skills test scores in reading and math.

All Means All

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Vander Ark

A school superintendent has the potential to have a greater impact on a community than any other person. They can shape the way a community thinks ab...

The New Learning Landscape

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

This week I talked to: • an education author, a blogger, and consultant; • two districts executing a multi-provider portfolio strategy; • a char...

California's Bad News Budget Threatens Education Reform

Ramon Cortines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ramon Cortines

California's budget woes threaten an opportunity for systemic and long-lasting school reform, always a challenge but even more so when the unpredictable cuts keep coming, month after month.

Remembering Jaime Escalante

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

When Jaime Escalante died of cancer on March 30, we lost a pioneering teacher who changed people's ideas of what children are capable of learning. Man...

Cristo Rey: Keeping Urban Catholic Education Vibrant

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Vander Ark

Out of financial desperation, Father Foley created a corporate sponsored work-study program at a school on Chicago's westside. And then something surprising occurred -- the work-studies were often the most important experience in a student's career.

Boasberg: It's My Decision If I Get a Bonus This Year

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

Superintendent Tom Boasberg's response to a question about whether he intends to take his annual bonus provides excellent insight as to why things are the way they are in Denver Public Schools.

Four-Day School Weeks Gaining Popularity During Downturn

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — During the school year, Mondays in this rural Georgia community are for video games, trips to grandma's house and hanging out...

Bloomberg and Klein's Contempt of Court

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

I watch a lot of Law and Order. Judges are always issuing injunctions. If someone violates a court order, the judge throws them in jail for contempt o...

Flatlining Schools; Tinkering Won't Work

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

Leading the world in college completion will require a new generation of tools and schools; that will require an education sector open to investment and innovation. But perhaps even more important, it will take a sense of imagination.

Bill Ayers is Back... with a Brilliant Graphic Novel

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Brown

William Ayers's new book To Teach: The Journey, In Comics is part autobiography, part education reform tract, and entirely enjoyable to read.

An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education From a Survivor of Its Public School System

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

As someone who received nearly my entire education -- grades 2-12 -- in the Texas public schools system, I must admit that I don't understand what all the fuss is about.

Three Things Teachers Want More Than a Slab of Coffee Cake

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

Nothing appeases masses of overworked, perpetually underpaid educators quite like the wholesome, crumbly goodness of warm, moist government coffee cake.

The Pitfalls of Introducing Democracy by Force

Alex Koroknay-Palicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alex Koroknay-Palicz

The idea of an adult coming in and trying to implement democracy in a setting that has known only authoritarianism seems somewhat like the US invading an authoritarian nation to make them democratic.

Education Reform: Accent on the Wrong Syllable

Deborah Dumont | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Dumont

What is President Obama thinking? His get-tough education plan will damage and isolate schools that need federal support, not punishment.

America Took a Big Step Yesterday

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

Yesterday, the Common Core State Standards were released to a decidedly mixed buzz. But before the carping reaches a fever pitch, it must be said: this is good and important work.

Time to Replace Los Angeles' Third World Education System

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

The idea that we can wait, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, for the system to somehow fix itself is unacceptable. The lives of the 700,000 students currently in the LAUSD are at stake.

Education in Chicago: Mr. Secretary: Quo Vadis?

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

If Duncan and Obama really expect five million more students to graduate from two-year colleges, they must for the first time in history make our schools into thoroughly intellectualized, serious places.

Carl Dorvil: A Great American Story (For Now)

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

A Republican president thought it was a good idea to provide free tutoring to 500,000 struggling low-income students. It would be a shame if a Democratic congress took all that away.

California Misses Out On Federal Education Funds

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

California was not selected as one of the finalists for a $4.35-billion competitive school-reform grant program, according to the U.S. Department of E...

First, Let's Fire All the Teachers!

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

The fundamental principle of school reform, in the Age of Bush and Obama, is measure and punish. If students don't get high enough scores, then someone must be punished.

Hysteria Around Turnarounds

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

Bush's No Child Left Behind was supposed to cope with chronic failure but states let thousands of failing schools slide.