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Failing Schools

Missing the Full Picture of Voters Attitudes on Public Education

Celinda Lake | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Celinda Lake

The ongoing discourse before, during and after the Vergara trial decision has tried to blame teachers and further the idea that current policies keep ineffective teachers in low-performing school districts and perpetuate unequal outcomes. Our research suggests voters do not agree with this causality.

What Is a 'Failing' School?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Closing schools does not make them better. Nor does closing schools help students. It's way past time to stop blaming the people who work in troubled schools and start helping them by providing the tools they need and the support their students need.

I Have A Dream: Bring Back SNCC

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.

Parents Revolt Against Failing Schools

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Don't Buy the Numbers

Ron Berler | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

How do you define a failing school? Brookside Elementary is located in a pleasant, middle-class neighborhood of split levels and tidy ranch homes, in Norwalk, Conn., a 50-minute train commute from New York.

Ed Today: Teacher Tenure Targeted In North Carolina; Few Options For New Orleans Kids In Failing Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

North Carolina Bill Targets Teachers A top North Carolina lawmaker has introduced several education reform measures du jour -- including one that would end tenure -- reports the News & Observer. "Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Tuesday unveiled what he called the second round of education reforms aimed at holding schools and teachers more accountable for students' progress - including ending tenure and grading entire schools," the N & O reports. Last year, he introduced the same bill. But this time around, Republicans hold a veto-proof majority, so one never knows.

We Are Failing Our Students -- They Are Not Failing Us

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

We can continue to blame the teachers, the parents, even the neighborhoods, but until we actually begin to look at the deep flaws of how we treat our children, we will continue to spin our wheels.

If Murder Can Be Tracked Like an Infectious Disease, Should Failing Schools Be, Too?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Currently, we tend to (overly) assign individual causes to the symptoms of whole-school or single-child success in school. A growing chorus of educators and communities, however, recognize there is a complex constellation of forces impacting every child's capacity to learn and grow.

Giving Teachers More Power Helps In Turnaround Of Boston Schools

| Jackie Mader | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of HechingerEd blog. Six low-performing Boston schools participating in a pilot program that gives teachers more tr...

'Insider Trading' Used To Turn Around Failing Students, Schools

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Broadmoor Middle School in Baton Rouge, La., had a 50 percent suspension rate three years ago, and one in four students there couldn't keep up on core...

Aiming For Failure

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Most people tend to run from failure as though it were some kind of disease -- a life sentence. Yet, it is anything but that. In order to change the system, to help the "square peg" kids, our national conversation needs to be turned towards failure.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Chicago Teachers Union Report Highlights Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a...

Affirmative Action for School Discipline?

Michaela Pommells | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Michaela Pommells

The outcome of the 2012 presidential election will determine the federal education mandate but the true measure will be whether America can successfully close the racial disparities facing U.S. schools.

Education Reform is Impossible Without Addressing Racism

Michaela Pommells | Posted 12.04.2012 | Black Voices
Michaela Pommells

I'm tired of talking about education reform. Tired of yapping with other "reformers" who are trying to figure it all out. I'm done. I'm throwing in the towel. But this doesn't mean I will let my lips turn blue from silence; I'm taking my rant to the picket lines.

Parents And Teachers Protest Administrator Bullying, Teacher Dismissals At San Francisco Middle School

Posted 09.12.2012 | Education

A group of about 30 parents and teachers organized by the United Educators of San Francisco teachers union gathered outside Martin Luther King Jr. Aca...

Can Handpicked Teachers Turn Around An Underperforming School?

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. NEWARK, N.J. — It was a fight to the finish, but Erskine Glover can honestly say he’s ...

School Transfer Law Suffers Another Defeat In Court

Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

A judge ruled last week that a Missouri law that would have allowed students to transfer out of failing school districts to neighboring counties was u...

Stuyvesant's Stanley Teitel Resigns?

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 10.06.2012 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

At a time when everyone laments America's declining status as educator of its children, the resignation of Stuyvesant High School Principal Stanley Teitel is a dark day for all those who long for excellence in public education.

Chinese Students: We Were Transferred To Poor-Performing School To Boost Scores

Posted 08.01.2012 | Education

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation into allegations that the San Mateo Union High School District...

Students Told They Can't Transfer Out Of Failing School Because They Are White

Posted 08.03.2012 | Education

Rayville Elementary School in Louisiana received a failing grade this year, based on the state's School Performance Scores. Under the state's Public S...

An Enemy of the State

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

More and more school districts are asking for budget increases to hire investigators and detectives to follow around low-income mothers and their kids to ensure that they aren't 'stealing an education' from the state. Really?

3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 1 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Whenever someone thinks they have few bullet points of supreme wisdom that can save the world, sane people instantly roll their eyes. The insanely cur...

When Charter Schools Fail, What Happens To The Kids?

The Hechinger Report | Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education

Terri Griffin made herself a promise when her youngest daughter was ready for kindergarten: the little girl would never set foot in an Akron public sc...

Half Of All U.S. Public Schools Are Failing

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

ATLANTA — Nearly half of America's public schools didn't meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since th...

Number Of Schools Cited As Needing Improvement Skyrockets

Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

An unprecedented 1,325 schools across 123 New York districts have been identified for improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Of t...