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More AP courses slated for major overhaul

Despite the recent fallout over new guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History, the College Board is making similar changes to most science and history AP courses in an effort to emphasize critical thinking.

NEWS

Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing

By Greg Toppo

Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride. Educators have long held new technology at arm’s length, and probably for good reason: For more than a century, they […]

NEWS

Don’t believe everything you hear about the New Orleans charter revolution

Students study at Akili Academy, one of dozens of charter schools in New Orleans.  (Photo: Sarah Garland)
By Marta Jewson

As public school students settle into the school year, they can’t seem to shake off a bit of inaccurate national attention: The belief that New Orleans has the country’s first all-charter school system.

PARTNERS

Arbitrator rules Newark teacher must be rehired, given back pay

Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson, second form left, welcomes students to the first day of classes at Peshine Avenue School in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)
By John Mooney

Amid all the debate surrounding her tenure as state-appointed leader of New Jersey’s largest school district, Newark schools Superintendent Cami Anderson has taken special pride being able to retain and reward exemplary teachers while removing the poor ones.

COLUMNISTS

Louisiana, do your homework: Student absenteeism, not Ebola, is the real epidemic

By Andre Perry

As a preventative measure to protect against the spread of Ebola, the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education made new emergency changes to the state’s governing handbook. However, there is no emergency — just an Ebola scare, which the board simply contributed to by making changes to sound policy. There is currently no […]

BLOGS

Twenty five percent of low-income urban high schools beat the odds

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By Jill Barshay

It won’t surprise anyone to learn that wealthier high schools send more students to college than low-income high schools. But a October 2014 report from the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college students, reveals that a quarter of low-income urban high schools are doing better than a quarter of their high-income […]

OPINION

As top charters start to look like school districts, here’s why we should embrace their growth

Richard Whitmire
By Richard Whitmire

More than twenty years ago when charter schools first got launched in Minnesota no one envisioned that one day we would see charter management networks growing to resemble medium-size school districts. But it has happened. Last week, New York City-based Success Academy Charter Schools got green lighted to open 14 more schools over the next […]

NEWS

Mississippi kindergartners start the year behind, new test finds

By Kayleigh Skinner

JACKSON, Miss. – Two-thirds of Mississippi’s youngest learners are starting the year unprepared, according to results from a new test examining the reading skills of kindergarten students. Kindergartners took the STAR Early Literacy exam during the first month of the current school year to gauge their reading abilities. Over 40,000 students from 144 school districts […]

NEWS

After months of turmoil, LA Schools Superintendent Deasy resigns

Superintendent John Deasy is seen in this file photo before the start of a public hearing at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
By Brenda Iasevoli

Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent John Deasy’s resignation Thursday ended weeks of speculation over whether the school board would oust him or he would leave the post of his own accord. “Needless to say this has been hard work, in fact exhausting work,” the beleaguered superintendent wrote in his resignation letter. “I have neglected my […]

OPINION

It’s universal: What it takes to ensure high quality pre-kindergarten

Beverly Falk
By Beverly Falk

Mayor DeBlasio’s universal pre-K initiative has presented challenges to policy-makers and service providers in regard to finding funding, space, and teachers for the multitude of new classrooms opening across our city. An important challenge that deserves equal attention is how to ensure that the programs are of high quality. Over the last several decades, an […]

NEWS

As Deasy’s fate in L.A. remains uncertain, other districts continue to move ahead in tech purchases

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy. File photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
By Nichole Dobo

With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District’s school superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. “There are recipes for success out there, and there […]

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