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The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved.

Joy Resmovits

Corrected Results For These Schools Using Federal Money Still 'Depressing', Critic Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

After an outside contractor bungled an analysis of a major federal school turnaround program, the U.S. Department of Education has issued corrected re...

Joy Resmovits

A Third Of Schools Saw Scores Fall After Getting Federal Grants

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

After receiving turnaround grants from the Obama administration for the wholesale overhauling of schools, the nation's lowest-performing schools have ...

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

The Power of Coopetition

Dan Varner | Posted 10.13.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Too often, I suspect, we fall prey to the tyranny of "or." Choose one: competition or cooperation, and live with the consequences.

Principal Fires Security Staff, Hires ART Teachers

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 05.10.2013 | Parents

Most would think that firing the security staff of a poorly performing, inner-city school is a dangerous idea. But at Orchard Gardens pilot school in ...

Under-Performing Schools: Stop Experimenting, Start Fixing

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At it now stands, School Turnaround AmeriCorps is a grand experiment that inadvertently treats both students and volunteers as guinea pigs. Is it morally acceptable to risk their future on a theoretical framework when we already have effective interventions backed by strong evaluations?

School Turnaround Americorps Program Will Cost $15M, Target Poor Performance Says Arne Duncan

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday....

A Misguided Civil Rights Movement?

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 02.04.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overh...

Turnaround 2.0: Solutions in Pre-K to Third Grade to Help Failing Schools

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

When education policymakers discuss how to improve low-performing schools, options such as adding pre-K, expanding the kindergarten day or focusing on instruction in the early grades are often left out of the conversation.

How Do We Build Schools Worthy of Our Democracy?

John Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Sustainable gains must be inextricably rooted in the strengths of our constitutional democracy. Lasting improvements must be organically connected to an open society which prizes the exchange of ideas.

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...

Newark's School Turnaround Strategy Changes Course

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. She thought of herself as an ordinary mother of four, one who did what she could to advoca...

Turnaround School Takes History Class To The Streets

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students led their teachers out of school, onto a city bus, and to a housing complex they...

Turnaround School Gives Struggling, 'Misfit' Students A Second Chance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Alex Nembhard squeezed the vise grips to break free a rusted bolt on a kid's bicycle, as ...

In Connecticut Turnaround School, Teens Get To Assign Their Own Homework

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Solanlly Canas had to tackle some tough math problems at home—and she had herself to th...

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 Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. They set out to invent a new kind of school. They created a national model—then failed ...

School Run By Teachers, Union, Ditches Factory 'Assembly Line' Learning

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Sixty-five freshmen are about to embark on a new journey to reimagine a high school educa...

Judge Blocks City's Sweeping Plan To Close Schools, Fire Thousands Of Teachers

Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

New York City suffered yet another round of defeat Tuesday in an effort to shutter 24 city schools, fire much of their teachers and administrative sta...

Teachers Will Run Community's 6th Turnaround School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's turning one of its low-performing schools over to its teachers and the teache...

Struggling Newark School Prepares, Again, To Reinvent Itself

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. A new spirit of reform pervades Quitman Street Community School in Newark, N.J. In recent ...

A Time for Change and Opportunity in Detroit Schools

Chacona Winters Johnson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Detroit
Chacona Winters Johnson

Whether their school is run by DPS, the EAA or one of the new charter conversions, it is imperative that all public school students in Detroit be provided with the best possible opportunity to learn.

Reading Turnaround Program Draws Assistance From Ivy Leaguers

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. As it tries to concoct a recipe for turning around a low-performing school, Wexler/Grant ...