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Explainer: How we know the reason for the drop in Texas special education students

Image 1of/1<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Before determining that a Texas Education monitoring system led to a 30 percent drop in the percentage of students in the …

Education

LeBron James Is Schooling Us on What Education Reform Got Wrong

National headlines offering hope about the state of American education this year have been few and far between. Until last week when LeBron James …

Education

The fate of the Education Department’s English learners office

<i>With help from Caitlin Emma and Ted Hesson</i><p><b>THE FATE OF THE OFFICE FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS:</b> Plans to restructure the Education Department's Office of English Language Acquisition are drawing ire from advocates and Democrats in Congress, who say folding the office into the agency’s larger K-12 operation …

Education

Does International Baccalaureate Know Something That AP Does Not?

Dr. Siva Kumari does not sound like an evil globalist dupe on the phone. But critics of the International Baccalaureate program of which she is the director general complain that the educational program is too international and not American enough and worry that it is too much in sync with the …

Education

The Wisconsin Governor’s Race Might Be Decided by Education

Voters are “sick and tired of people playing political games with kids in schools.”<p>Voters think about a lot of things at the polls: immigration, the economy, health care, gun policy, and—more cynically—party affiliation. But education is an issue that doesn’t typically poll near the top of the …

Education

Beto O'Rourke Tells a Packed House That Texas Needs to Fix Its Education System

click to enlarge<p>U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke told an overflow crowd Tuesday night at the Carver Center's 650-seat Jo Long Theatre that fixing Texas' …

Education

In 2 rural states that let teachers carry guns, few schools take part

Officials in rural states like South Dakota and Wyoming told President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday that few school districts have taken advantage of state laws there to train and arm teachers.<p>The lack of participation comes despite a ringing endorsement from the president, …

South Dakota

Tennessee parents push back on law requiring 'In God We Trust' motto be displayed in public schools

As Tennessee students prepare for the new school year, parents across the state are pushing back against a new law that requires the national motto, …

Education

Arne Duncan: ‘Everyone Says They Value Education, but Their Actions Don’t Follow’

The former secretary of education talks about the “lies” he thinks undergirds the American public school system, and the unintended consequences that can come with attempts to reform it.<p>Arne Duncan, the former education secretary under President Barack Obama, has always been more candid than others …

Education

What San Diego High School Faculty Learned After a Year of Personalized Learning

In the first year of a new program, a large San Diego school district experienced small victories—despite some growing pains.Teacher Catherine …

Teaching

Hollywood's Child Stars and the Sketchy World of On-Set Tutors

From "trafficking in conspiracy theories" to hawking their own music, teachers hired for film and TV projects can sometimes short-change young …

Education

Florida county tries unconventional approach to deal with massive teacher shortage

<b>BARTOW, Fla. —</b> Students across the country are heading back to school this month, amid a growing crisis to hire and keep qualified teachers. At the …

Education

Let's Retire The 'Gifted-And-Talented' Student Label

Earlier this year the Fordham Institute wrote about the challenge of the gifted gap in our nation’s schools. Put simply, gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds too often are not identified as gifted, which causes them to lose out on access to a variety of gifted-and-talented programs at …

Education

DeVos Continues Effort To Undercut ELLs – She Needs To Put Her Listening Ears On….

I’ve previously shared U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’ shortsighted efforts to eliminate the federal office supporting English Language …

Education

DeVos May Bypass Congress to Get Rid of the Office for English-Learners. Can She?

The U.S. Department of Education is forging ahead with plans to scraps the federal office of English-language acquisition—perhaps without seeking …

Education

Parent Complaints Prompt Oceanside School District to Suspend Sex Ed Program for Youngest Students

Oceanside school officials have shelved a sex education program for the district’s youngest students after parents complained the material was too …

Education

A powerfully humane element of teaching

For years, teachers have felt that policymakers were waging a war against them and their profession in various ways, including through evaluation systems that used questionable metrics, scripted curricula that reduced or eliminated their judgment, and assaults on their unions and ability to …

Education

Massachusetts’ School-To-Prison Pipeline, Explained

Updated: April 21, 2015<p>As a result of school discipline policies, students of color and students with disabilities are intertwined with what has been …

Education

Neighbors at odds heading into Near South High School hearing

On Tuesday, Near South Side residents divided over a proposed high school in the area have a chance to let Chicago Public Schools know how they feel …

High School

Student-led forum aims to help Logan understand foster care system

In Kiana Minter’s four years at Logan High School, she grew accustomed to watching classmates come and go as their circumstances at home changed.<p>She …

It Turns Out Full-Day Kindergarten Is No Better Than Half-Day

Researchers found no significant differences in kids attending half-or full-day programs<p>Decisions regarding our children’s education can be …

Education

Parkland Shooting Suspect Lost Special-Needs Help at School When He Needed It Most

MIAMI — Nikolas Cruz was an 18-year-old junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., when a spate of disturbing behavior led to a fateful meeting about the future of his schooling.<p>Education specialists told Mr. Cruz he should transfer to Cross Creek, an alternative school for …

Special Education

Three Questions About Lebron James' I Promise School

Last week, Lebron James made international headlines when he and his foundation opened a new school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. It specifically targets low-performing students, identifying a pool of at-risk children and then hosting a lottery to decide who gets in. It will have an extended …

Education

Want To Make Kids 'Gritty'? Teach Them Stuff

Educators and reformers are mounting an effort to build students’ “grit” and teach them they can boost their intelligence through hard work. But they’re overlooking the damage done every day by a pervasive instructional approach that makes many kids feel like failures.<p>Imagine you’re a third-grader. …

Teaching

The Push For More Testing Of Younger Children

If you don’t spend time in the world of elementary education, you may not be familiar with DIBELS. DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills) were created and marketed as a test of early literacy skills. They were tied to the Reading First initiative, a federal program that was mandated …

Education

Betsy DeVos's summer monstrosity is pure McMansion Hell

Kate "McMansion Hell" Wagner is carrying $42,000 in student debt; heiress Betsy "Marie Antoinette" DeVos is the anti-public-school advocate whom …

Education

When race triggers a call to campus police

On a beautiful spring afternoon on a picturesque college campus, two campus police officers responded to a black professor’s “good afternoon” with a …

When Principals Don't Trust Their Teachers

The first principal I ever worked for as a teacher had this way of empowering her staff through freedom. She allowed teachers to experiment and try …

Robo-Grading Student Essays is Garbage

NPR ran an interesting story about robo-grading student essays. It didn’t use the headline that appears here, but there is no better way to describe …

Micro-management of learning is killing creativity

In today’s tertiary environment, students with a creative inclination can still exercise their imagination. But the chances are that they will not do …

Pedagogy