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That’s the Idea: Some schools serving low-income students believe in a challenge

The Idea charter network has six schools in the top 50 of the 2016 America’s Most Challenging High Schools list, pushing average students to meet the rigors of college-level courses.

Delaying algebra to high school, per Common Core, might be a miscalculation

Putting up barriers to eighth-grade algebra isn’t popular with parents seeking to accelerate math studies for their kids.

What does ‘political correctness’ mean exactly? A textbook debate about Mali.

In various editions, a textbook elevates the Mali Empire to that of Greece and Rome.

Is the Common Core past its peak and heading toward oblivion?

A new report shows little change in student achievement. Supporters say the approach needs more time.

Data on the nation’s community colleges is not encouraging

Students say they don’t have enough help from an adviser, and many don’t graduate.

Is a history textbook full of ‘sugar-coated lies’ because it celebrates minorities?

Parent argues that third-grade book deprives kids of a solid grasp of U.S., world history.

‘Work Hard, Be Hard’ and ‘Work Hard, Be Nice,’ dueling takes on KIPP

Jay Mathews and Jim Horn take polar opposite views of the nation’s largest charter school network.

As a KIPP supporter, this new book about charter schools is hard to believe

“Work Hard, Be Hard” offers a strongly anti-KIPP view that fails to explain its popularity and success.

Learning lessons of the past, D.C. overhauls teacher evaluations. Will it work?

More than five years after Michelle Rhee left D.C. Public Schools, her most unusual innovation will fall.

It should be easier for community college students to transfer to selective private schools

Many private colleges accept community college transfers, but the bad news outweighs the good.

Pension funds say Pearson relies too much on U.S. testing business

U.S. and British labor unions whose pension funds own stock in Pearson, the world’s largest education company, are challenging what they say is the firm’s “over-reliance” on educational testing in the United States and plan to take up the issue at an April stockholders meeting. The coalition of unions — the British-based TU Fund Managers; […]

What is Florida’s education chief talking about?

Pam Stewart, the education commissioner of Florida, said something recently that struck a bad note with a number of people in the state about what are known as “opt outs,” students who refuse to take state-mandated standardized tests used for “accountability” purposes. With the 2016 testing just starting,  the Tampa Bay Times reported it this […]

Donald Trump is wrong about Common Core — but he’s not the only candidate who is

Donald Trump is wrong about the Common Core State Standards — but, to be fair, he’s not the only candidate running for president who is. Repeatedly — in debates and speeches — Trump has said that “we are going into get rid of Common Core,” sometimes in response to questions about how he is going […]

You heard about the diversity furor at the Academy Awards. Here’s one you didn’t hear about — but should have

Something happened a few months ago that went largely unnoticed in the world of education and beyond — but that could have important consequences for black students who want to go to college. Here is a post about the unfortunate demise of the National Achievement Scholarship Program, written by Marshall Shepherd and John A. Knox. […]

‘If you can pay attention, you do not have ADHD’ — and 9 other misperceptions about the disorder

I’ve recently run two posts about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder that have proved to be popular with parents and teachers, many of whom don’t fully understand how ADHD affects kids. (You can read those posts here and here.) Here’s a new piece on common ADHD misperceptions, by Ned Hallowell, one of the country’s foremost experts on […]

What are these Michigan legislators thinking?

The biggest news in Michigan in recent months has been the severe crisis over the lead-contaminated water in Flint that has poisoned residents, but the Detroit public school district has generated some of its own. Detroit teachers have been staging a series of sickouts to call attention to the appalling conditions of the public schools, […]

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