January 2015 Archives

More than 25 percent of students who were enrolled at D.C.'s Public Schools Head Start programs were chronically absent last year, according to reports released this week by the Urban Institute. This means that students missed at least 10 percent of school days -- the equivalent of at least a month.


Mandatory Kindergarten in the state of Mississippi is getting a push from legislators who believe it is a step in the right direction of improving the state's entire K-12 system.


The University of Southern Mississippi was recently ranked sixth in the entire nation for producing National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification is basically the gold standard when it comes to educators and was developed over 25 years ago to give teachers goals to achieve beyond state requirements.


The New York City Education Department plans to expand dual-language programs offered in the city's public schools. The plan was announced last week by New York City's school chancellor, Carmen Farina.


The San Antonio School District in Texas is giving its students a one-of-a-kind experience to take career courses and earn trade certifications after high school.


It's no secret that education and its funding has never been a top priority in Mississippi. Even last week's news that the state ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to educational opportunities and success for its students is not enough to cause a legitimate uproar.


A national nonprofit, College For Every Student (CFES), ­­is searching for five schools to participate in a high-impact program that will help low-income students become college and career ready. The five schools will receive Closing the Gap awards through support from private donors.


Last week Florida lawmaker Senator Darren Soto introduced a bill that would raise the minimum salary for teachers to $50,000 a year.


Public education in Mississippi ranked last, yet again, on Education Week's Quality Counts report that was released last week. The state received a "F" grade for academic achievement, and a "D" for the chance of success for students.


Philanthropist Anita Zucker, chief executive officer of the InterTech Group in North Charleston, has become a mainstay on Forbes list of its 400 wealthiest Americans. Her net worth was estimated to be around $2.4 billion, but it was Zucker's inclination to share the wealth among educational institutions that was touted in 2014.


Prince George County in Maryland is working hard to immerse young students in foreign language. Three schools in the county started formally offering Spanish immersion as part of an expansion option for children this school year.


What's in store for Mississippi's P-12 education system in 2015? Will it continue to underachieve, and churn out graduates that are not ready for college or the workforce? Or will it find a way to improve, and make genuine progress?


Taylor Swift earned the top spot on DoSomething.org's Gone Good list for 2014. The list puts public figures in the spotlight for using their fame to support philanthropic efforts.


In honor of those of us that fight for what's right, I decided to do a piece discussing the top ways that education activists pushed back against "the man" in 2014.


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