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Friday, September 19, 2014

Controversy over Common Core Standards Affecting Numerous States

Education News – Grace Smith

“This week, Maine became one of several states that are considering changing course on the national Common Core public school standards…Policymakers in many states seem to be having buyer’s remorse over the Common Core…” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.” (more)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“For four years, schools in nearly every state have been working to put the Common Core State Standards into practice in classrooms, but few have put them to the test—literally. This year, that changes…Schools will be held responsible for how well they’ve imparted the new standards…” (more)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Sending Your Child to Private School Can Save You $53,000

Time – Jacob Davidson

“Public school can end up being much more expensive than private school depending on where you choose to live.” (more)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Inside Successful District-Charter Compacts

Education Next – Richard Whitmire

“Turns out Klussmann was on to something. More than 20 public school districts across the country, including the large urban districts of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, have quietly entered into “compacts” with charters and thereby declared their intent to collaborate with their charter neighbors on such efforts as professional development for teachers and measuring student success.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bill de Blasio has promised pre-K for all 4-year-olds. Can it get done?

Vox – Libby Nelson

“Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on the promise of free public pre-K for every four-year-old in the city. Now the city is working furiously to expand a system of all-day pre-K that served 20,000 children last year to one that will enroll 52,000 this fall — on the way to universal enrollment of about 73,000 in 2016.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Money-Ed

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)