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A taste of victory, finally, for a struggling Newark school

The culture is significantly improved, the staff has stabilized, and classrooms generally are filled with students who are not only working but actually learning. At last, grueling effort has translated into test score gains.


Obama ratings would divide colleges into high and low performing

By Jon Marcus

The Obama administration is considering putting four-year undergraduate and graduate institutions and two-year institutions into such categories as high performing, low performing, and those in the middle based on measures including completion rates and job placement. As unsurprising as it was long awaited, the broad outline of the Obama ratings plan is now available for […]


Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

People protesting the Common Core education standards demonstrate near the hotel where the meeting of Tennessee's Education Summit is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday's event titled "Progress of the Past, Present and Future" will involve elected officials and representatives from 24 organizations focusing on K-12 and higher education. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
By Emmanuel Felton

Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards increasingly being assailed as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education by conservatives, the Republican sweep of state legislatures – the party is now […]


Preschool access, teacher quality focus of new education plan for Mississippi

Advocates of early childhood education are surprised by new legislation that could bring state-funded pre-k to Mississippi for the first time. (Photo by Jackie Mader)
By Kayleigh Skinner

JACKSON – Mississippi will focus on boosting access to high quality preschool programs and increasing quality of teachers and leaders by 2020, according to a five-year plan released Thursday by the State Board of Education. The plan, which was detailed by Chairman John Kelly at a press conference, also aims to make all students proficient […]


Who is the biggest victim of America’s prison boom?

Carmen Demourelle and her youngest son, Steven Alexander. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)
By Katy Reckdahl

NEW ORLEANS – Steven Alexander was in sixth grade when his mother, Carmen Demourelle, was sentenced to twelve years in prison for pickpocketing in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Though she was held in a women’s prison just an hour away, her four children could not telephone her and visited only about once a year. At […]


Where is the outrage about the pipeline to prison for gifted students?

Sabrina Truong
By Florina Rodov and Sabrina Truong

NEW YORK — Our table at La Casa Del Mofongo, a Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights, New York, buzzed with excitement as we reunited with our former students, whom neither of us had seen in a year, since we transitioned to other jobs. While the other graduating seniors fretted about college loans, Lamont regaled us […]


College costs rise fastest for the poorest

By Hechinger Report

The American RadioWorks looks at how universities and colleges that promised at a White House summit to make higher education more affordable for low-income students have been raising their prices faster for the poorest students than for their wealthier classmates. The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus is interviewed. You can find the podcast here.


Where have all the black and brown teachers gone?

Alexandria Neason taught English language arts at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii from 2011-2013 through Teach for America. She graduated from the same school in 2006.
By Alexandria Neason

As a fifth grade student in Clarksville, Tenn., a small city near Nashville, I constantly got in trouble. Just about every day, I came home with a pink slip. I didn’t always know what I’d done wrong. But I knew the pink slips weren’t good and that three of them added up to detention. That’s […]


Why did Mississippi lose out on preschool funding — again?

Jennifer Calvert, director of the ABC Pre-School & Nursery Inc. in Aberdeen, Miss., helps a student build a pattern during a morning activity earlier this year. Educators say early education is critical to fix Mississippi’s education deficiencies. (Photo: Jackie Mader)
By Jackie Mader

Mississippi’s flawed application and underdeveloped plans to provide preschool for all children is partly to blame for why the state’s youngest learners were bypassed once again for federal funds that could have provided a boost to early education, a review found. Last week, Mississippi was passed over for a preschool grant that would have tripled […]


Why University of New Orleans faculty would be better off taking their concerns to a new governor

This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as he speaks at the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Boca Raton, Fla. The conference felt like a test run for what is increasingly shaping up as a brutal showdown for the Republican presidential nomination among more than a dozen potential contenders. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
By Andre Perry

NEW ORLEANS – Organizing to solve deeper political problems requires much more effort than the finger pointing currently under way at the University of New Orleans. The schools’ Faculty Council issued a vote of no confidence for Peter Fos, its president, a week before the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved Fos’s plan to eliminate […]


California study finds harm for some in repeating algebra, questions whether it benefits anyone

Katie Bonfiglio, a 9th grade English Teacher at Arlington High School is part of a nationwide push underway to dramatically improve teacher training and evaluation through recording classes, then reviewing critiquing the footage. Arlington uses video routinely in teacher training and evaluation. Here she teaches her (Michelle Pemberton/The Star)
By Jill Barshay

One of the most often repeated courses in U.S. high schools is algebra. Teachers and school leaders understandably worry whether a student who can’t solve basic equations should move on in math, to geometry or advanced algebra. So the student takes algebra again. Sometimes, even students with B’s in algebra are asked to repeat it […]

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