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Blog Post Archive

Chicago Activists Are on Day 11 of a Hunger Strike Over the Closure of This School         

In the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, a dozen parents and community members have gone 11 days without eating to protest the closure of their neighborhood school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools announced plans to shutter Walter H. Show More Summary

There Are No Simple Lessons About New Orleans Charter Schools After Katrina. Here’s How I Learned That.

In the field of journalism, “shoe-leather reporting” refers to on-the-ground reporting: stories that emanate from homes, streets, schools, corner stores, and casual conversations. “Parachute journalism,” by contrast, occurs when a reporter...Show More Summary

Schools in the South Suspend and Expel Black Students Way More Than White Ones

A new study has found that black students in Southern states get suspended and expelled at exponentially higher rates than white ones, an imbalance that experts have warned against for years. The “Disproportionate Impact of K-12 School...Show More Summary

Arizona Author Objects to Abstinence Stickers on Son’s Biology Textbooks, Gets Hounded Off the Internet

Just in case the Donald Trump phenom hadn’t convinced you that the country has gone completely off the rails: In a suburban Phoenix school district, the inside back cover of high-school biology textbooks now must be emblazoned with a sticker that discourages kids from getting abortions. Show More Summary

Do American Indian Students Perform Better When They Have American Indian Teachers?

HAYS-LODGE POLE, Montana—When Aloha Shortman asked her sixth-graders to find Italy on a world map during a social studies lesson last August, they couldn’t do it. One student’s finger landed on Brazil. Others grew bored and restless....Show More Summary

The Republican Primary Candidates’ Daylong School-Choice Lovefest

On Wednesday six GOP candidates for president—Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie—sat on a stage in a Londonderry, New Hampshire, high school to talk K-12 education policy with former CNN anchor-turned-“education activist” Campbell Brown. Show More Summary

A Court Ordered Washington State to Fix the Unfair Way It Pays Teachers—by Fining It $100,000 a Day

A decades-long standoff over school funding in Washington state reached a dramatic climax last week when the state’s Supreme Court ordered the legislature to pay a fine of $100,000 a day until lawmakers figure out a more equitable way to fund K-12 education before 2018. Show More Summary

This Florida School District Is Failing Black Students at a Shocking Rate. That’s Exactly What It Chose to Do.

Last week, the Tampa Bay Times published a report of its sobering yearlong investigation of the Pinellas County School District, which is home to five of the worst elementary schools in the state, despite the county’s relative affluence. Show More Summary

Kindergartners Do Too Much Homework, Study Says, and High-Schoolers Don’t Do Enough

How much homework is too much, and how much is just right? Parents, teachers, and of course their student charges have been pondering that question for generations. In the past decade, the National PTA and the National Education Association...Show More Summary

A Controversial Teacher-Evaluation Method Is Heading to Court. Here’s Why That’s a Huge Deal.

Sheri Lederman has taught elementary school in Great Neck, New York, for 18 years. She had always been “highly regarded as an educator” (her superintendent’s words), with more than two-thirds of her students scoring as proficient or advanced in 2012–13. Show More Summary

Is Professional Development for Teachers One Big Boondoggle?

A study raising a lot of eyebrows in the education world this week suggests that, despite the billions of dollars we are pouring into teacher development every year, we have very little to show for the expenditure. The report, released...Show More Summary

There’s Another Racist Tragedy in St. Louis That Nobody Talks About

If you listen to just one piece of media this week, let it be Nikole Hannah-Jones’ This American Life report on the failing Normandy School District outside of St. Louis—and the high school Michael Brown graduated from eight days before being killed by a Ferguson police officer a year ago this week. Show More Summary

Chris Christie Said He Wants to Punch a Teachers’ Union in the Face. Get Ready for a Lot of That.

On Sunday, Jake Tapper interviewed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on CNN’s State of the Union and asked the Republican presidential candidate, “At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?” Without hesitation Christie replies,...Show More Summary

Georgia Sends Kids With Disabilities and Behavior Problems to Special Schools. That’s Segregation.

After a psychiatric evaluation and years of reported issues, Clarence, the lovable problem child in Tracy Kidder’s Among Schoolchildren, gets shipped off to finish fifth grade in the mysterious and ominously named “alpha class.” TheShow More Summary

Silicon Valley Has Great Public Schools—and Teachers Can Barely Afford to Work in Them

In the second season of Silicon Valley, Richard, the ever-afflicted CEO of the struggling startup Pied Piper, explodes at his meddlesome neighbor for harassing him about illegally conducting business out of a private residence: You’re always going on and on about how this is such a good neighborhood. Show More Summary

Harlem Principal Killed Herself After Admitting to Cheating on Exams  

On April 17 Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, the 49-year-old principal of the Teachers College Community School in West Harlem, New York, jumped in front of a subway train. That same day, an unknown whistleblower had reported her for cheating on the state exams her third-grade students had just completed. Show More Summary

Why a Fight in Massachusetts Over Kindergarten Funding Is Getting Ugly

Ah, Martha Coakley, whose legacy of loserdom lingers on. Four years after she gratuitously surrendered Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat to Scott Brown (and, in the process, almost tanked the Affordable Care Act), Democrats—brilliant strategists that they are—decided to hand Coakley the Massachusetts gubernatorial nomination to blow as well. Show More Summary

An Iowa School District Is Putting Body Cameras on Principals. Its Reasons Are Completely Wrong.

In communities across the United States, the debate over whether to require police officers to wear body cameras has become familiar over the past year. Such a policy is coming to a town in southeastern Iowa, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the cops there. Show More Summary

New York Just Issued Guidelines to Protect Transgender Students

On Tuesday the New York State Education Department released a document instructing teachers and school employees on how to treat transgender and gender-nonconforming students. The move comes three weeks after Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a...Show More Summary

The U.S. Is Letting Poor Kids Fall Further and Further Behind in Reading

New data on child wellbeing released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation make for depressing reading on many levels, not least because the findings are so deeply unsurprising. The basic gist is that, despite the economic recovery, more kids are living in poverty (defined by the U.S. Show More Summary

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