Early yesterday morning, after a fifteen month battle with brain cancer, Senior Fellow in Education Policy Andrew Coulson passed away. He is survived by his beloved wife Kay. Andrew was 48 years old.
As U.S. presidential candidates fight over the best way to address the influx of Central Americans across the Southwest border — with debate about building walls and deporting immigrants — the nation’s public schools have opened their doors, taking responsibility for helping tens of thousands of children find their footing here.
Teach for America turns 25 years old this year. CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard reflects on the group’s progress and challenges in changing American education.
“So many opportunities have been given to me and I want to create the same for children just like me”
Representatives of several state Catholic conferences, which communicate the public policy interests of the bishops, recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that Catholic schools rely heavily on supportive school choice programs that enable families to choose a Catholic education for their children, but this support is lacking in many states where school choice is not prioritized or is outright battled due to anti-Catholic legislation. – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4671/State-Catholic-Conferences-Push-Legislators-to-Prioritize-School-Choice-Programs.aspx#sthash.MMA4Qhlx.dpuf
Are state takeovers of schools good for students?
The newest upstart in the changing American education landscape is a small one. In fact, it’s called the micro-school, usually tech-centric small schools of fewer than 150 students with students of all ages sharing a classroom.
For this year’s A Closer Look at the Charter School Movement: Schools, Students, and Management Organizations, 2015-16 report, the National Alliance collected information about the management structure of charter schools across the nation.
Fifty years after the release of “Equality of Educational Opportunity”—widely known as the Coleman Report—much of what James Coleman and his colleagues reported holds up well to scrutiny.
Today the National Alliance released a report that shows growth in the number of charter public schools, estimates their student enrollment, and gives information about the schools’ management structure. We’ll take a look at each of these areas in this blog series, starting with the growth in charter public schools.
While many Americans like to claim they’re number one, it is likely their low education levels that makes them believe that. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation, American students rank 28th in math and science scores (for those not good at math, it means there are 27 better countries).
Schools increasingly rely on new teachers to staff their classrooms. A generation ago, the modal teacher had 15 years teaching experience, meaning that, if you asked teachers how many years they had taught the answer would be 15. Today, the answer would be five years of experience. And the proportion of teachers who are new to the field will increase as the Baby Boom generation retires: Some estimates forecast that half of the nation’s teachers could retire in the next ten years.
The initiative is centered around a dedicated website with free resources for teachers to embrace what’s known as a “growth mind-set” in the education field. That means teaching students “to embrace a challenge,” according to Agarwal. “You see effort as a path to improving, and you learn from feedback.” A counter on the website will track how many students and teachers take a pledge to change their mind-sets.
A GED certificate was never intended to mean students are ready for college, and research shows they often aren’t.
Republican lawmakers in Illinois last month pitched a bold plan for the state to seize control of the Chicago public schools, becoming one of a growing number of states that are moving to sideline local officials — even dissolve locally elected school boards — and take over struggling urban schools.
The American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s voice for educational choice, today released its second annual National School Choice poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Beck Research showing that 70 percent of Americans support school choice.