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January 24, 2014

Tom Loveless on Hukou in China

Marc Tucker explains that while China's policies regarding migrant students are problematic, these are slowly being changed. In the meantime, Shanghai's education system still has much to teach the rest of the world.

January 17, 2014

Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?

Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.

January 17, 2014

New School-Finance System Approved by California State School Board

The new rules governing K-12 finance in California are intended to help needy students while strengthening the flexibility of local governance.

January 16, 2014

Education Funding Gaps Linger in N.C., While a Pa. Funding Formula May Begin

Wealth-based spending gaps in North Carolina have grown over the past decade, while a new school finance formula in Pennsylvania may be in the works.

January 09, 2014

Simulation Program Aims to Deepen Teachers' Understanding of Poverty

An elementary school in Wichita, Kan., recently took a unique approach to sensitizing teachers to the needs of disadvantaged students, reports The Wichita Eagle. According to the January 5th article, teachers and staff members at Allen Elementary School participated in a role-playing simulation intended to elucidate the unseen challenges of poverty.

December 18, 2013

2013 in Review Part 1: Charter Schools: Public, Private, or Parasitic?

While I recognize that good-hearted people have been attempting to use charter schools as an avenue to help students not served well by traditional schools, the situation faced by public schools has become dire.

December 11, 2013

Noguera: Educators Must be 'Guardians of Equity'

At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."

December 06, 2013

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Equity in education has long been an ideal. It's an ideal celebrated in a variety of contexts, too. Even the Founding Fathers celebrated education as an ideal, something to which every citizen ought to be entitled. Unfortunately though, the practice of equity in education has been less than effective. That is, equity is a difficult ideal to maintain and many strategies attempting to maintain it have fallen far short in the implementation.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

November 15, 2013

Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons

If you were to think of the key things that you would want to do to support learning at high poverty schools, what would be on your list?

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