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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


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)