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?
The startling array was courtesy of the College Board, which wants President Obama and Mitt Romney to start debating fixes to the nation's beleaguered public school system. Yes, education needs discussing. But guess what? These two candidates are already on the same page.
The DC public school system has made several significant positive strides in recent years. But until it gets its spending under control, all of these positive developments are going to get lost in its perception as a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy.
Monday's front page story in the Washington Post focused on the high rate of elementary school suspensions. Understandably, many people find it hard to believe this form of discipline is used so often with children so young.
According to legend, Ernest Hemingway was challenged by some friends at a bar to write a short story in ten words or less. It was with this story in mind that StudentsFirst launched a "Six Word Essay Contest" on what it means to be a great teacher.
I have seen students study hard, do well in school and go on to graduate. But with diplomas in hand and caps in the air, some of these teens have their hopes dashed for no fault of their own when they do not have proper legal documentation to apply to college.