2013: What to Expect in Education

Reprinted from Take Part So far, President Barack Obama hasn’t outlined a comprehensive education plan for a second term. Even Secretary Education Arne Duncan has only spoken in vague terms about any future plans for education. Perhaps that’s because there’s the issue...

Obama ‘Skeptical’ of NRA Guns-in-Schools Idea

Reprinted from CBS News Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his “full weight” behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence. In an...

Schools Use Graphic Novels as Learning Tool

Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune In honors English class at Alan B. Shepard High School, sophomores are analyzing Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” with the help of another book filled with drawings and dialogue that appears in bubbles above...

Khan Academy to be Tested in Idaho Schools

Reprinted from the Idaho Statesman NAMPA, Idaho — Starting next fall, Idaho students could have the option of taking math, history and other online classes provided by the Khan Academy, the online content nonprofit that provides courses free to anyone, anytime and...

NH Debates School Choice Tax Credits

Reprinted from NHPR On January 1st businesses can start getting tax breaks for donating to organizations that give public school students money toward going to a private school. But before that law has even taken effect, there are proposals to change it. The business...

Texas Districts Ask for Class Size Waivers

Reprinted from the San Antonio Express-News Clark High School teacher Nat Player is getting used to it. The psychology teacher has one of the largest classes in Northside Independent School District, with 39 students taking one of his Advanced Placement courses. He...

Merit Pay Outlook Unknown in Florida

Reprinted form Tallahasse.com Next year could be the year teachers in Leon County Schools get a raise. The district and the Leon County Classroom Teachers Association, the local teachers union, are negotiating the details now, schools superintendent Jackie Pons said....

Lawyer Seeks to Sue CT Over School Shooting

Reprinted from CNN (CNN) — A Connecticut lawyer is requesting permission to sue the state over the Sandy Hook school shooting, saying his 6-year-old client was left with emotional and psychological trauma because authorities failed to make a safe setting at the...

4th Teacher Conduct Case in 5 Years at HS

Reprinted from the Chicago Sun-Times A male math teacher at Rich East High School in Park Forest has been put on paid leave and is facing further disciplinary action for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student, officials said Thursday. The teacher is the...

The Role of the Charter School Authorizer

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, December 28. Bob Bowdon Lisa Keegan is currently on the board of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.  She speaks here about the goals of that group....

I’ve Got Tenure—but the System Doesn’t Work

Reprinted from Take Part For me, the problem with tenure is that it’s a perfunctory act not designed to inspire or recognize my willingness to grow professionally. I was tenured after two years of teaching. Here’s what the process was like: 1. I was hired to...

Fiscal Cliff: Automatic Cuts to Ed in 2013

Reprinted from Education Week Only five days are left before the country falls off the “fiscal cliff.” While there’s been a lot of political posturing, Congress doesn’t seem close to figuring out how to cope with a series of planned tax hikes...

Schools Using Smartphones for Instruction

Reprinted from USA Today Pulling a cellphone out during class used to mean likely confiscation and perhaps detention for students bold enough to try. Now, a growing number of schools are turning to the smartphones students bring with them to school as an instructional...

Study: Kindness Boosts Student Popularity

Reprinted from Education Week Mean girls and bullies may sit at the top of the classroom pecking order in Hollywood, but a new study suggests in real life, kindness is linked to popularity among middle schoolers. In “Kindness Counts: Prompting Prosocial Behavior...

Experts: Trained Police Needed in Schools

Reprinted from Yahoo! News WASHINGTON (AP) — The student’s attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him...

TX Lawmakers Want Guns More Available

Reprinted from The Texas Tribune While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need...

Arizona Plan Would Arm Principals

Reprinted from CNN (CNN) – Arizona’s attorney general proposed arming one principal or employee at each school to defend against attacks such as the recent Connecticut school massacre. “The ideal solution would be to have an armed police officer in...

AZ Sheriff Sending Armed Posse to Schools

Reprinted from AZ Family PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he plans to deploy his armed volunteer posse to protect Valley schools from the kind of violence that happened in the Connecticut shooting tragedy.  Arpaio believes having...

DE Senator: Install School ‘Panic Exits’

Reprinted from The Huffington Post A Delaware state senator wants to install “panic exits” in schools that would allow for a rapid escape in the case of an emergency. Republican state Sen. Dave Lawson says escape doors in ground-floor classrooms would be a...

NYC: Union Broke Law by Demanding Raises

Reprinted from the New York Daily News City officials accused the teachers union of breaking the law by demanding raises and other goodies during contentious negotiations over teacher evaluations. The city and union have until Jan. 17 to reach a deal on a new way to...