AM News: Kindergarten, Pre-K, & Charter School Space

Need for Full-Day Kindergarten Is Lost in Pre-K Debate, Critics Say NYT: Melanie Hartzog, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, said most states require public schools to offer kindergarten, and several of them, including Arkansas, Oklahoma …

Dancing Around the Status Quo

Here in the overly-large school district, we are in the middle of the annual budget dance. It’s sorta like an aggressive tango mixed with a square dance involving lots of partners.1 The long, drawn-out process stems from the fact …

Obama calls for end to austerity in education

The President’s 2015 budget makes education funding top priority in rebuilding middle class.Read More »

GO PUBLIC Film Offers Inside View of Schools

GO PUBLIC offers an authentic fly-on-the-wall perspective of a public school district that every voter needs to see. This fresh and recent documentary film gives the viewer a frank, and sometimes painful, look inside the lives of the people in …

Media: Please Do A Better Job Covering Testing This Year, Journos!

How should reporters write about testing protests and parents opting out this year?

Carefully, in a word.Contextually.  Skeptically.  With much greater balance and insight.

Better than they did last year!

The testing protest/opt out coverage has already begun, and there's …

State news roundup for March 1, 2014

This week we talk about Gov. Kasich’s education funding issues in Ohio, the newly nominated Commissioner of Education in New Jersey, the unveiling of the new sculpture honoring Sandy Hook victims in Connecticut and feature a petition on teacher evaluations…

AM News: NYC Halts (Just) Six Charter Location Plans

City Halts Six School Changes Inherited from Bloomberg WNYC: Dozens of new or expanded schools got the all-clear to open this fall but a handful of others saw their plans dashed, as the city navigated its way through a thicket of …

TV Shows: LA Vouchers May Be Root Of Evil On "True Detective"

I thought TWIE contributor John Thompson was joking when he told me there was an education angle in HBO's gritty serial killer / murder mystery, True Detective.  But it's true: 

"Turns out that the root of all evil may be …

PBS series unfairly attacking retirement security of public employees put on hiatus

Series pulled after blogger reveals funding source: anti-pension advocates responsible for national campaign to undermine educators’ and other public service workers’ retirement security.Read More »

AM News: Under Pressure, New York Reverses Course On Teacher Evaluation

New York Officials Stall Plans to Tweak Teacher Evaluations NYT: After criticism from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the State Board of Regents set aside a proposal to let teachers contest poor assessments by citing difficulties related to the new Common …