Watch Rita Pierson: Build Relationships With Your Students on PBS. See more from TED Talks Education.
Not since the battles over school desegregation has the debate about public education been so intense and polarized, observers say. - EdWeek's Michele McNeil in her otherwise admirable overview of the polarized education debate
David Kirp’s new book, Improbable Scholars, explains how Union City used research-based reforms to turnaround a school system that had been one of New Jersey’s worse. Kirp shows how we can build great schools on the strengths of our democracy. Show More Summary
The road for the Common Core initiative has been especially rough recently, with both conservative and progressive opposition growing louder and political and logistical setbacks becoming more noticeable. This is understandably worrying...Show More Summary
The officers and board of the Auburn Teachers Association are taking a public beating for allowing the late Sally Jo Widmer unconstrained control of the union’s finances, which she allegedly proceeded to siphon to the tune of $808,000. They shirked their responsibilities, mostly out of deference to, and fear of, Widmer herself. But that’s only [...]
Watch Maine School Engages Kids With Problem-Solving Challenges on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. "Teachers have swapped traditional curriculum for an unusually comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving, with a little help from some robots."
ACT to Move Toward Computer-Based Testing NYT: High school students will take the ACT college admissions exam by computer starting in the spring of 2015 — but at least for a while, the paper and pencil version will be available, too....Show More Summary
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Inflation-Adjusted Title I Budget Back to Pre-George W. Bush Level via Thompson (Andy Brownstein plus special appearance by Wayne (CRS) Riddle).
Every weekend I search far and wide for interesting, off-beat, longer pieces on or about education issues, and tweet them out. Then, each Monday, I gather and post them here for you: NYT's @smosle proposes a deal between class size and...Show More Summary
I saw this headline from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and did not immediately think “Big news!” but instead “Really?” It read: “Florida’s Largest Teachers Union Lost Tax-Exempt Status.” The IRS had in fact pulled the tax-exempt status of the Florida Education Association in January for failing to file a Form 990 for three [...]
a Chicago Students Worried 'About Their Own Death' (CBS Sunday Morning via DNA Info)
Obama Delivers Message of Optimism to Class of ’13 NYT: Acknowledging that commencement addresses are no place for partisanship, President Obama nonetheless skirted close to that political line on Sunday, telling graduates at Ohio State...Show More Summary
Two updates from California to end the week, both via LA School Report: The first is an update on the "miscommunication" between DFER national and DFER California over the issue of a district waiver for LAUSD and other California districts (Reform Group Splits over Federal Waiver for LAUSD). Show More Summary
My apologies to those of you who have been trying to access the EIA mobile web site only to see the same old page day after day. The problem has been solved (fingers crossed), although if you use your smart phone you will now have to go to http://www.eiaonline.com/intercepts/, which will take you directly to http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/Intercepts. [...]
I agree and disagree with Alexander’s take on David Brook’s New York Times’ Op Ed, Engaged, or Detached? Brooks argues that today we mostly have engaged writers who are less concerned about persuasion than mobilizing people who already agree with them. Show More Summary
"In two out of three subjects, Americans are over-represented among the best students." (You'll Be Shocked by How Many of the World's Top Students Are American) via The Atlantic
Detroit schools' progress cited as emergency manager Roy Roberts announces his exit Detroit Free Press: He said that because of the progress, along with the announcement in April of a five-year strategic plan to retain and recruit students, he expects the financial emergency will be over in the next three years. Show More Summary
USDA Rolls Out New School Brunch Program For Wealthier School Districts (The Onion via GothamSchools)