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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Education Next – Patrick J. Wolf

“The cost of public education is largely ignored by both the media and education policymakers. Many people think it is awkward, complicated or destroys the intrinsic and infinite worth of public education to inject hard-nosed considerations of efficiency into America’s schools.” (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)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dual-Language Programs Grow in Arizona Public Schools

AZ Ed News – Lisa Irish

“In kindergarten, Arizona students learn to spell simple, frequently used words, count by fives and so many other useful skills. At dozens of local neighborhood public schools throughout Arizona, many now also learn a second language through dual-language immersion programs.” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

The right way to treat child geniuses-the case for gifted and talented education

Examiner – Kumar Singam

“…highly gifted students are a tangible pool of talent that breeds highly successful people. Surely, it makes sense to nurture and help develop this talent?…to claim “gifted education classes are usually a waste of time and money,” is patently wrong. Gifted education, when properly implemented, is fertile ground for “super-bright kids” to find their footing.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Editorial: Push for more pre-K education has Missouri, nation on right track

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Editorial Board

“There is bipartisan movement toward making the most important step the nation can take to improve the quality of public education in the country, particularly in its urban cores. It’s the growth of the idea that early childhood education holds the key to making quality gains in performance.” (more)

Friday, June 13, 2014

“This Is Are Story”: Chicago Public Schools Are Failing

The Huffington Post – Hillary Gowins

“In major cities across America, public school students are entering their adult years far behind the curve.”(more)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

States That Already Spent Less on Education Have Made Bigger School Cuts

Five Thirty Eight – Ben Casselman

“Public schools have struggled during the long, slow economic recovery. On Tuesday, I noted that urban districts — especially big-city districts — have been hit particularly hard. But there’s also tremendous variation by state.”(more)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Kids Who Spend All Day at School

The Atlantic – Liz Riggs

“When Nashville Classical kindergarteners are getting off of the bus, their peers across town have been home for hours. An eight-hour school day for kindergarten may sound excessive, but at this public charter school, that’s how long the school day needs to be.”(more)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Julia Steiny: Unplugged Elementary Kids and Online Tests Don’t Mix

Education News – Julia Steiny

“Doctors, among others, beg parents to limit “screen time.” Children should have 2 or 3 hours of rough-and-tumble play every day, but they don’t get that…But elementary public schools have no choice but to plug kids in. Third-graders must be ready to be successful on online standardized tests.”(more)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Individual District Schools Don’t Serve All Students, Either

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“As a charter supporter, let me first make the obligatory (and true!) statement that there’s little evidence that many charter schools purposefully skim the cream. Rigorous studies (like those from CREDO and NAPCS) find that student demographics in charters almost always match those of neighboring public schools; moreover, incoming charter pupils are just as low-performing, if not more so, than their traditional public-school peers.”(more)