DonorsChoose, the online charity for classrooms, recently announced the results of its Hacking Education Contest, which challenged developers to create interactive apps to help engage the public in classroom projects. The winnerselected by judges Arianna Huffington, venture capitalist Fred Wil...
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August 18, 2011
July 18, 2011
New York Times human rights columnist Nicholas Kristof drops in on "his beloved old high school in Yamhill, Ore.," and finds it beleaguered by budget cuts. The experience prompts him to contemplate the decline of America's belief in the importance of broad, public education and to question governmen...
July 08, 2011
In a cost-cutting move, Illinois has eliminated writing from the state's standardized exams for high school juniors. Well, it's just one grade, you say. Not so fast: The state scrapped the writing portion of the standardized exams for elementary and middle schoolers last year. Some educators conte...
June 29, 2011
Nearly 84 percent of the nation's school districts anticipate funding shortfalls in the upcoming school year, and a majority of those districts (some 64 percent) plan to cut staff to make up the deficits, according to a report released this morning [PDF] by the Washington-based Center on Education P...
June 13, 2011
Hundreds of displaced teachers in Providence, R.I., applied for new positions in the district by "speed dating" principals, according to National Public Radio's Elizabeth Harrison.
June 09, 2011
Is your school air-conditioned in the summer? Heated in the winter? How does temperature control affect student learning?
May 31, 2011
The Los Angeles Unified School District, which has made headlines lately because of its plans to lay off thousands of teachers, also intends to cut 85 school librarian positions. Bill Chappell of NPR reports that the librarians "have been told that they no longer count as teachers," and that "the ch...
May 26, 2011
The Wall Street Journal reports on a new study finding that negative classroom environments--often the result of school budget cuts--cause students to feel stress.
May 20, 2011
For a little Friday fun, check out The Onion's satirical news article about a "budget mix-up" in which the Congressional Budget Office accidentally sent $80 billion earmarked for defense to the Department of Education.
May 12, 2011
With some 6,000 New York City teaching jobs on the chopping block, Chester E. Finn, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, reassures Gothamites that teacher layoffs aren't necessarily bad for education, so long they aren't seniority-based. Resulting increases in class sizes, he argues, can be...