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Lee Kronert

Against tenure? Here’s why you might want to make an exception for your child’s teacher

By Lee Kronert

I get it. When a worker consistently fails to measure up to standards on the job, that worker deserves to be fired. Yet in the public school system, a very different code is in operation.

The two sides of TFA: An internal memo shows the teacher group’s defensiveness over a story about how it changed in the face of criticism

By Sarah Garland

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year, The Hechinger Report published a story about a group of idealistic young Teach For America recruits who arrived in Seattle hoping to start jobs teaching in some of the city’s most struggling schools. Many of them remained unemployed, however, because Seattle didn’t really need more teachers. In fact, the district had […]

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For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way

By Gail Robinson

AUSTIN, Texas — Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts as they tried to coax JiJi the penguin across the screen of their netbooks. Kindergarteners in a Spanish-language technology class learned to log on to […]

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What makes a good Common Core math question?

By Emmanuel Felton

Both the math and English Common Core standards have their share of critics but it’s math that gets special condemnation, as the new problem worksheets land on kitchen tables across the country. Parents are taking to the Internet to air their frustrations by posting puzzling problems from the new standards. And even writers of the […]

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Regarding teachers of color: Boston Public Schools system is set to lead once again

By Tito Jackson

In 1635, Boston served as a model settlement town across the New England Colonies. Boston Latin School opened its doors and became the first public school in what would become the United States. While the school exclusively served the sons of the white elite, the principle that a local community would invest its resources to educate its own children, as a common good, became the bedrock of public education in America.

App details state superintendent race spending

By John C. Osborn

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the race for California state superintendent of public instruction has been fueled by a combined $24 million in total campaign spending for incumbent Tom Torlakson and candidate Marshall Tuck. Outside groups not affiliated with either candidate represent the bulk of that spending – close to $19.4 million on ads and mailers on behalf of the candidates.

Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing

By Jill Barshay

What’s the best way to teach writing? The experts have many answers — and they often contradict each other. In contrast to the thousands of studies on effective methods for teaching reading and mathematics, there are relatively few rigorous studies on writing instruction. That’s partly because it’s time-consuming and expensive to assess writing quality in […]

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Pipeline to Prison: Special education too often leads to jail for thousands of American children

By Jackie Mader and Sarah Butrymowicz

GRENADA, Miss.— Cody Beck was 12 years old when he was handcuffed in front of several classmates and put in the back of a police car outside of Grenada Middle School. Cody had lost his temper in an argument with another student, and hit several teachers when they tried to intervene. He was taken to […]

Shirlinda Robinson, an English teacher at Oakley Youth Development Center, walks through new standards with her second period class. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Pipeline to Prison: How the juvenile justice system fails special education students

By Sarah Butrymowicz and Jackie Mader

Caledonia Miss. — Toney Jennings was illiterate when he was arrested at age 16. In the six months he spent at the Lowndes County Jail in Eastern Mississippi, he says he played basketball, watched TV and “basically just stayed to myself.” A special education student, Jennings qualified for extra help in school. Those services should […]

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Opportunity gap narrows in Mississippi

By Jackie Mader

The latest national survey that looks at the ability of young people to better their lives through economic opportunity and education comes with some good news for Mississippi: More students are graduating from high school and more people are going to college. But even with these positive measures of upward mobility, the state lags behind […]

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