Ralph Kuncl

What would Thomas Jefferson say? The mind and heart of the new liberal arts

By Ralph Kuncl

In a statement that may sound similar to today’s media rhetoric, 93 years ago Thomas Edison publicly shared the opinion that a college degree is useless. Albert Einstein brilliantly retorted, “It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them […]

Richard Whitmire

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

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 […]

Beverly Falk

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

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 […]

George David Kieffer

John Deasy and keeping students front and center in the political battles of LA

By George Kieffer

Los Angeles Unified School District recently announced a 15-point increase in its graduation rate. This is cause for immense celebration as more students are on their pathways out of poverty. Yet the headlines in Los Angeles are consumed not with recent successes but with reports of board and superintendent conflict. RELATED: When it comes to […]

Charles Taylor Kerchner

There’s no Superman, but L.A.’s Deasy wasn’t afraid to try on the cape

By Charles Taylor Kerchner

John Deasy wasn’t dealt a winning hand. He’s a very smart guy, so I think he knew it from the start, but he wanted to play the game as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified so badly that he picked up the cards anyway. Now, it looks like he’ll fold. According to usually reliable sources, he […]

Alex Magaña with a student at Grant Beacon Middle School (Photo: Denver Public Schools)

How an extended day, other innovations turned a Denver middle school around

By Alex Magaña

It’s a midweek afternoon and all 450 of the students at our Denver middle school are staying an hour later. They’re not in detention. The buses aren’t late. Instead, students are participating in a range of activities, from a rocket-building class to one-on-one tutoring in math, and they’re excited to be here. I’m the principal […]

Your child’s college applications can be overwhelming. Here are some tips from The Hechinger Report on navigating the process. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

How Tuition Tracker helps kids compare colleges – and other tips for overwhelmed parents

By Liz Willen

NEW YORK – It’s the thick of college application season, and your child is diligently churning out common application essays while simultaneously studying for four or five advanced placement exams and researching scholarships, right? Well, maybe not. In households across the United States right now (including my own), there’s likely a good deal of procrastination […]

John Deasy

Another one bites the dust? How the policies that landed Supt. Deasy at LAUSD could also cause his undoing

By David C. Bloomfield

Los Angeles Schools’ Superintendent John Deasy has discussed terms of a possible exit from that post, according to news sources, ahead of his Oct. 21 performance review. Deasy was appointed in 2011 and his current contract runs to June, 2016. Despite this, LAUSD’s Deasy bio still says he’s “a man on a mission” who’s “championed […]

Donald E. Heller

Why the U.S. isn’t likely to meet Obama’s goal on college graduation rates

By Donald E. Heller

In his first address to a joint session of Congress five years ago, President Obama established an important – and some would argue, audacious – goal for our nation: “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Though meeting this goal this would be a great achievement […]

Kat Czujko

How we can use the spotlight of Vergara to raise teaching standards

By Kat Czujko

I was in my second year of teaching when an English teacher at my school told me that Maria could copy her reading summaries right out of the book since “at least she tried to do her homework.”  Now 18, Maria is taking 9th grade math for the fourth time and barely has enough credits […]

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