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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Despite outrageous school spending, students actually dumber than in 1972

The Daily Caller – Robby Soave

“The amount of money that the American taxpayers have been forced to spend on public schools has more than doubled in the last few years — even though such spending has had no demonstrable impact on students’ intelligence levels, a bombshell new study found.”(more)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Public Education and Job Readiness: What Can Be Done to Shrink the Skills Gap?

The Huffington Post – Peter Smirniotopoulos

“Some believe in education for education’s sake; that no further explanation is required. Others prefer simple yet more-expansive descriptions of the role of public education, such as “to give every child the opportunity to fully participate in society,” “to create adults able to function and thrive” or simply ‘to serve as the great equalizer for all.’”(more)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Main street of school reform revisited — what’s changed along North Ave.?

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“Traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools fueled by public voucher money, specialty schools, a range of religious schools, “no-excuses” reform-oriented schools, a no-nonsense boot camp school — North Ave. had them all.”(more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Technology Infrastructure in More than 20% of U.S. Public Schools Rated Inadequate

SetDa – Doug Levin

“A study released in March 2014 by the National Center for Education Statistics, Condition of America’s Public School Facilities: 2012-13, reveals that the technology infrastructure in more than 20 percent of U.S. public schools was rated as inadequate as of the 2012-13 school year.”(more)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Public Schools Need Nearly $200 Billion to Improve Facilities, Survey Finds

Education Week – Lesli A. Maxwell

Upgrading the nation’s public K-12 school buildings to a “good overall condition” would cost about $200 billion, according to a new, nationally representative survey released today by the National Center for Education Statistics.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Language-immersion programs expand in California’s schools

Merced Sun-Star – Loretta Kalb

It has been 16 years since California voters approved Proposition 227, the English-focused education initiative that dismantled most bilingual education in California public schools. As ethnic populations have since increased in California, however, school districts, parents and community groups have launched dual-immersion programs that have gained popularity among both English learners and native English speakers.”(more)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How to fix public education in America

CNN Money – Sanjay Sanghoee

” America is at war with itself. Tension between the economic classes, highlighted by venture capitalist Tom Perkins’ recent remarks, are escalating. But what we need are solutions, not words. Recriminations only polarize us further and make it harder to work collectively toward the common goal of prosperity.”(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

De Blasio Seeks to Halt 3 Charter Schools From Moving Into Public Spaces

The New York Times – JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ

“Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeking to curb the influence of outside providers of education, said on Thursday that he would block three charter schools from using space inside New York City public school buildings.”(more)

Friday, February 7, 2014

More students moving to private schools in Ala.

Education Week – AP

“More students are moving from public to private schools with the help of scholarships provided by groups that were able to raise the maximum amount of money allowed by Alabama law.”(more)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Civil rights hero launches ‘American Child’s Education Bill of Rights’

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Calling modern school reform “catastrophically misguided and ineffective,” civil rights icon James Meredith is launching what he calls the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights, a 12-point declaration of obligations that he says the nation owes every public school child.”(more)