When Meghan Dunn was a teacher at a public school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, she had no idea which, if any, of her students struggled with homelessness. Today at PS 446...
Following Gov. Scott Walker s bill which took away a large portion of a teacher s collective bargaining rights in the state of Wisconsin, while making them pay more for benefits, a record number of Wisoncin teacher s have chosen to retire this year, nearly double the normal amount the state typically receives
Florida's legislature has cut $1.35 billion dollars from classroom spending. Across America, other state legislatures also make cuts. In Washington, Congress prepares to vote on a nearly $700 billion defense budget, and our forces extend operations into yet another country.
The best schools whether they're charter schools, public schools or private schools are intentional about everything they do, says educational analyst Andrew Rotherham. "They are intentional about who is in the building, who is teaching, how they use data, what's happening for students, the support for students, the curriculum, how progress is assessed," he says. "Everything is intentional and nothing is left to chance."
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch was once an early advocate of No Child Left Behind, school vouchers and charter schools. In 2005, she wrote, "We should thank President George W. Bush and Congress for passing the No Child Left Behind Act. ... All this attention and focus is paying off for younger students, who are reading and solving mathematics problems better than their parents' generation."
Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Professor Ravitch, once a staunch supporter of the charter school and voucher systems, explains her present opposition to those programs, along with her disapproval of President Obama s signature education policy, 'Race to the Top.'
A Republican education reform package is a step closer to completion after a school vouchers bill passed the state Senate Thursday. The vouchers program offers scholarships to families wanting to send their child to a non-public school. The state would offer 7,500 scholarships in the first year and 15,000 the second, and can only be used by families who earn around $60,000 a year or less.
After a piece Iwroteconfronting Bill Gates and the market/corporate-based approach to education reform, I received several responses that are typical of the mainstream faith in market forces embraced among both conservatives and liberals.
We spurn real teachers those with the capacity to inspire and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point.
The NYC Education Department is quietly increasing computer consultant contracts next year even as it threatens to lay off 4,600 teachers, the Daily News has learned. Our Meredith Kolodner brings us this exclusive report: