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Pennsylvania’s School Funding Is So Screwed Up That It Almost Upended Its Whole Tax System to Fix It

How should we pay for our public schools? The majority of U.S. states rely primarily on local property taxes to fund K-12 education, which sets an intractable problem in motion: When property taxes pay for schools, schools in rich neighborhoods inevitably end up with more money than those in poor neighborhoods. Show More Summary

Mississippi Teacher Reinstated After Cucumber-Condom Controversy

A high-school teacher in Mississippi has gotten the green light to return to the classroom after a nearly week-long suspension. Her crime? Permitting a student to demonstrate safe-sex practices by putting a condom on a cucumber. The brouhaha began on Nov. Show More Summary

Texas Takes Steps to Improve Accuracy of Future Textbooks. Except It Doesn't.

Remember the Houston-area mom who sparked worldwide outrage by pointing out the description of slaves in her son’s geography textbook as “workers from Africa”? The really, really bad press that followed the viral Facebook photographShow More Summary

Congress Is Close to Replacing No Child Left Behind. So What Will Change?

Is Congress finally gearing up to pass a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? Over the summer, both the House and Senate passed rewrites of ESEA, an LBJ-born initiative that dramatically increased the federal government’s role in K–12 education. Show More Summary

More and More School Districts Are Closing for Muslim Holidays

For years now, Muslims have campaigned for schools to recognize their major religious holidays, and on Tuesday they scored a victory in Montgomery County, Maryland, where the school board voted 6–2 to hold a professional developmentShow More Summary

School Police Officer Charged With Felony Abuse for Slamming Black Teenager to the Ground

Do cops in school make kids safer? An officer in Kissimmee, Florida, has given us yet another opportunity to ponder that controversial question, two weeks to the day after a school resource officer in Columbia, South Carolina, was caught...Show More Summary

Repeatedly Suspending Defiant Students Is Horrible. But So Is Dumping Them on Untrained Teachers.

It’s one of the biggest debates in education today: What do you do with the unruly students who make learning difficult for the rest of the class? Do you sit them in the corner with a dunce cap, or do you refer them to the counselorShow More Summary

This Voter Measure Wasn’t Just About School Funding. It Was About Segregation and Racism in a White, Wealthy Dallas Enclave.

Tuesday was Election Day in Dallas, and one of the most contentious issues citywide involved an ostensibly boring topic: school bonds. Things got particularly heated in the wealthy enclave of Highland Park, where the vote over a $361 million bond has provoked a big debate over the future of Dallas. Show More Summary

If Eva Moskowitz Weren’t Real, Charter School Opponents Would Have Had to Make Her Up

At a press conference last Friday afternoon, Eva Moskowitz, former New York City Council member and the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, announced that she would not fire the principal response for the now-notorious “got to go” list that the New York Times reported on the previous day. Show More Summary

Can the Obama Administration Really Pare Back Standardized Testing?

Is President Barack Obama serious about changing American schoolchildren’s relationship with standardized testing, as he seemed to indicate last weekend? Can he really curtail the testing that has run rampant in our classrooms over the...Show More Summary

We Have No Idea If Cops in Schools Make Kids Safer. But We Keep Adding Them.

The young woman violently thrown by a school police officer in Columbia, South Carolina had recently been orphaned. We know that thanks to a Wednesday report in the New York Daily News, which wrote that she had only just been placed in foster care after losing her mother. Show More Summary

Our Nation’s Report Card Came Home—and the Scores Aren’t Great

The NAEP, or National Assessment of Education Progress, scores are out Wednesday, and the results are not heartening. For the first time since the Department of Education began administering the NAEP tests in 1990, math scores in fourth and eighth grades dropped. Show More Summary

Kids Take Too Many Tests, Obama Administration Concedes

Between pre-K and 12 th grade, the average American public-school student will take 112.3 tests, or roughly eight tests a year, according to a long-awaited report released Saturday by the Council of the Great City Schools. In eighthShow More Summary

More Students Are Graduating High School Than Ever Before. But Can They Read?

While more Common Core-aligned test scores trickle in, the U.S. Department of Education has released preliminary data about state-by-state high-school graduation rates. Comparing these two—very different—results says a lot about theShow More Summary

Students in the South Still Get Paddled in Schools. A Lot. In 2015.

In “Such, Such Were the Joys,” George Orwell’s indelible remembrance of the British boarding school you thank God your parents never sent you to, the author recalls being beaten—at age eight, for the crime of bed-wetting—so energetically...Show More Summary

One Principal’s Plan to Fix Education: Ban Teachers’ Desks!

What’s wrong with education today? Is it the unions, or teacher tenure? Or maybe it’s persistent inequality and the rich-poor achievement gap. Could the problem be overtesting? Or perhaps it’s the corporatization of schools. One principal...Show More Summary

Clay County, Tennessee, Is Reopening Its Schools. But It’s Still Blaming Obama.

Before this month, Clay County, Tennessee, was perhaps best known as the place where Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s long-serving secretary of state Cordell Hull was elected Democratic chairman at age 19 and later practiced law. But over...Show More Summary

A Tennessee County Shuttered Schools Indefinitely. Because Obamacare.

When fall break ends on Friday, will the 1,150 students of Clay County, Tennessee, have a school to return to? No one knows. After three years of budget struggles, the Clay County school board decided last week that the best way to resolve...Show More Summary

This Charter-School Network Suspends Kindergartners. Is That Why Its Scores Are So Good?

Eva Moskowitz, CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools, is such a towering figure on the New York City education landscape that her decision not to run for mayor last week was a major news story. Success Academy—founded in 2006 and...Show More Summary

Ex-Chicago Schools Chief Indicted in Bribery Scheme

Chicago has long been synonymous with political corruption, as exemplified by the joke about the woman who requested in her will to be buried in Chicago so she could stay active in local politics. And Illinois, of course, boasts theShow More Summary

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