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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Truth About School Lunch: Kids Like Salad Bars

Boston.com – Joan Salge Blake

“A new study published today in the journal Childhood Obesity shows that 70 percent of elementary school leaders (mostly food service directors and principals) nationwide reported that students generally like the healthier school lunches, which include meals with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.” (more)

How much do kids learn in summer school? The answer’s not always clear

The St Louis Post-Dispatch – Elisa Crouch

“What’s unclear is just how much they’ve learned. Like education departments in most states, neither the Missouri nor the Illinois education departments collect data to see whether they’re getting a good return on their summer school investment.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Julia Steiny: The First School District to Put Itself Out of Business

Education News – Julia Steiny

“In 2003, Louisiana’s state department of education created the Recovery School District (RSD). New Orleans’s schools were among the worst in the country, so the state asked the RSD to start with 5 that were the worst of the worst.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Four Lessons From Early Education

Education Week – Joan Wasser Gish

“Here are four lessons that elementary and secondary education could draw from the early-childhood sector as leaders seek to…reimagine schools capable of helping all children attain the skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century economy and society.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm

Education Week – Frederick M. Hess

“Around the country, cities already spend a lot of money per pupil—more than private schools, in many instances—with not much to show for it…More money can actually make it tougher to change stagnating school systems…For new dollars to help, they need to put troubled systems on a different trajectory entirely.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Student-centered education is best chance to rise from bottom of the list in education funding

The Deseret News – Lynn Stoddard

“A diverse group of educators and parents may have found a way to get Utah off the bottom of the list in funding for public education. They suggest this simple concept: Switch from subject-centered to a student-centered system of public education.” (more)

School Districts Are Paying Teachers Wrong, Report Says

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Nearly 90 percent of America’s school districts have a major problem, according to a report released Tuesday. They’re paying teachers wrong.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

How Business Leaders Can Strengthen American Education

U.S. News – Julia Hanna

“Business has long recognized the connection between an effective school system and a qualified workforce—by some estimates, the private sector invests $4 billion annually in efforts intended to improve public education.” (more)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Addressing the Challenges of School Choice

Students First – Jacob Waters

“School choice is rapidly expanding in our nation’s cities. This is a big win for parents and students, who now have increased access to high quality educational options.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Top 10 Toys That Beat The Summer Slide

Forbes – Jenn Choi

“What I plan on doing this summer is what I do every summer. I informally examine how much their schools have enriched their lives over the past year…If I find that my kids can use more help in some areas, I use the summer to work on them myself. Schools can’t do everything and while I can never provide a structured environment like school, at my disposal are tools that help make the summer very productive in a more fun way.” (more)