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April 16, 2014

Global Education and Corporate Leaders Gather to Prepare for College 2025

Education, corporate and philanthropic leaders from around the world who met in Essex, NY at a two-day Summit believe that many colleges will be unrecognizable in another decade and that unless millions more low-income students attain college degrees we face a global economic crisis.

April 11, 2014

Pa. District Agrees to Improve Services for English-Learners

A Pennsylvania district has agreed to better meet the needs of its English-language learners, under pressure from the office for civil rights.

April 10, 2014

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's 'Fear and Learning'

It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.

April 06, 2014

Race, Poverty, and Leadership

The current reality is that black and Hispanic youth are more likely to be suspended, educated in schools with less experienced teachers, and are less likely to take more rigorous classes in high school than their white peers. Although we may acknowledge poverty exists, do we truly know what cost it extracts?

April 03, 2014

Sam Chaltain: Q & A on School, Community and Choice

I wanted to tell a deeply personal story about teachers, students, and our ongoing efforts to craft more equitable communities in order to clarify the state of public schooling as it is -- and begin hinting at what it ought to be.

March 25, 2014

School-Finance Overhaul in Kansas Could End Early-Education Push

A plan to boost school funding in Kansas in the wake of a court ruling could mean Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to increase pre-K spending won't succeed.

March 21, 2014

English-Learners Not Disproportionately Suspended, Civil Rights Data Show

While English-learners did not show disparate rates of suspensions and expulsions, federal civil rights data show that they are less likely to have experienced teachers, access to rigorous math and science courses, and to participate in gifted education.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

March 07, 2014

Kansas K-12 Funding Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules; Orders Review

Although the Kansas Supreme Court did not order a specific funding increase as sought by plaintiffs in Gannon v. Kansas, justices did order further legal review.

February 26, 2014

Discipline vs. Punishment

Blanchfield: The increase in giving law enforcement and other agencies a larger role in punishment for school offenses eventually weakens school discipline.

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