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School Reform

When 'Failing' Schools Close and Whiter, Brighter Schools Open

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The matter of school closings is complex and polarizing. Evidence suggests the only solution to the problem of "failing" (DOE speak for "black and Latino") schools is to open new, small schools.

Vocation Matriculation: The Case For Trade Education In High School

Ilana Garon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

Although education is certainly a factor in paving the road to economic recovery, college is not the right path for everyone.

The Race Against Homework

Abi Cotler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Abi Cotler

Hearing the voices and seeing the proof that our children are being driven to stomach pains, headaches, hospitalizations and even suicide from the pressure to succeed had a visceral effect on the crowd.

Grassroots vs. Arne Duncan on School Reform, Big Development in Denver

Wade Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

If Easley is recalled, the board's minority will become the majority, and investigations that have been blocked for years will begin, setting off a chain of events.

Memphis Merger Fight Revives Old Desegregation Debate

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sarah Garland

The city of Memphis, Tenn. and the suburban county that encompasses it are locked in a battle over whether to consolidate their schools into one large system.

LAUSD May Start Schools Earlier

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

An education reform gaining traction locally has nothing to do with reading or math: It's a plan to start the school year earlier. This change would ...

Recalling the DPS School Board President

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

If you haven't been paying attention, it may surprise you to know that Denver faces one of the rarer political events in our democracy: recalling a representative from office.

Do Tests Really Help Students Learn or Was a New Study Misreported?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Sometimes research is cited in ways that are disingenuous because anyone who takes the time to track down those studies often finds that they actually offer little or no support for the claims in question.

Face To Face: Virtual Teachers Can't Replace The Real Thing

Ed Madison | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Ed Madison

As an academic and media professional, I am troubled by educational policies that result in removing face-to-face teacher-student interaction from the learning equation.

Race, Race, Race. Win, Win, Win

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jenifer Fox

Last night's speech sent me racing back to the 1980s where the rhetoric around education was much the same as we heard this week in the State of the Union.

5 Questions For Diane Ravitch

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

Diane Ravitch is one of the most visible advocates in the United States today for quality public schools She recently agreed to answer a few of my questions.

Chicago Case Study: Time For A New Vision For Schools

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

Since Mayor Daley took control of Chicago schools and began appointing business-minded CEOs to head the system, the march toward a numbers-driven vision of education has been steady.

Blame The Teacher!

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

For reasons I don't understand, many powerful people are defining public education's problem as "bad teachers." That's simplistic and dangerous. What are your thoughts on what we can do to make things better?

The Battle Over Education Spending: Obama Preparing For Congressional Bid

Bloomberg News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

President Barack Obama, who has adopted such traditionally Republican principles as charter schools and teacher merit pay, will meet resistance in a d...

Four Steps To Being The Best: How Baltimore's Public Schools Made The Grade

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Andres Alonso, Baltimore's CEO of public schools, thinks that too many school districts are stuck in their ways. "In most school systems, there's a h...

What to Expect From a New Schools CEO

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

What should a good education include? Interim schools CEO Mazany lays out a vision of high-quality learning that made no mention of high test scores, but does include teaching students to be critical thinkers.

When Teachers Don't Show Up For Work, Reform Stalls

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired ...

Education-Related Predictions for 2011

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

I'd like to post my own education-related predictions for 2011, and invite you to comment on them if you'd like and to share what you think will happen over the next twelve months.

Arne Duncan: New Congress Is A New Chance For Bipartisan Work On School Reform

The Washington Post | Arne Duncan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

With a new Congress set to begin, key members on both sides of the aisle are poised to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), curr...

$100M Newark School Reform Goes Door-To-Door

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

NEWARK, N.J. — The first phase of the $100 million Facebook-funded makeover of Newark's school system will reach far beyond classrooms and into ...

No More Science Fairs? Competitions Struggle To Survive As School Budgets Are Crunched

nytimes.com | EMMA GRAVES FITZSIMMONS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

DARIEN, Ill. -- When one team's model helicopter broke before a recent science competition here, the students made a replacement at the last minute us...

Spreading The Word In U.S. High Schools: Science Is Cool

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As schools nationwide focus more and more on English and math to keep up with No Child Left Behind guidelines, science teachers are trying harder than...

The Year They Began Calling Poverty and Homelessness an 'Excuse'

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Arne Duncan has chosen to ignore poverty's downward effect on test scores and focus entirely on what he calls "bad teachers" and "failing schools."

Michelle Rhee's Legacy Crumbling? COO Bids DC School System Goodbye

washingtonpost.com | Bill Turque | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Despite assurances from former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee that the senior management team she assembled during her 31/2-year tenure woul...

A Response to 'Cash for Grades'

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

The bottom line unfortunately is that cash rewards generally don't work and, if they do, they only work for the short term rather than inspiring kids to learn for the long haul.