A new survey released today finds that few school districts are familiar with the four federal models for turning around low-performing schools and even fewer have implemented them.
Davis Guggenheim's new documentary on education, "Waiting for 'Superman,' " has elicited more than a few strong views well before its Sept. 24 release.
Like the rest of us, I'm sure you have been busy this week reading about who won Race to the Top (or didn't) and anniversary stories on Hurricane Katrina. As always, there's lots more newsy stuff we didn't get to talk about this week, so here's some of the best stories you may not have yet read. An analysis of the District of Columbia's test score data shows progress has slowed in closing achievement gaps. While overall gaps have narrowed since Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee took over in 2007, the gap now isn't closing as quickly. The Detroit school system ...
A study looks at the best and worst U.S. cities for reform.
What are we telling parents and others when we say a school is in good standing?
The Georgia governor found the investigations into cheating allegations in two districts lacking and is appointing his own investigator to dig deeper.
The estimated 18 million children who will get bullied this year in school are counting on their adult advocates to stem the tide of such mistreatment, the U.S. Education Department's Kevin Jennings says.
More research, advocacy needed to tackle bullying, experts say.
The Education Department teams up with other federal agencies to host its first-ever summit on bullying.
Sam Dillion of The New York Times has an interesting piece out on some of the companies that are hoping states will pick them as "partners" in turning around low-performing schools. With $3.5 billion of federal dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act flowing to states and districts to work on the schools, new companies are sprouting up all the time offering their services. "A husband-and-wife team that has specialized in teaching communication skills but never led a single school overhaul is seeking contracts in Ohio and Virginia. A corporation that has run into trouble with parents or ...