71% Approve of Right-to-Work Laws

As another Labor Day rolls around on Monday, a new Gallup survey of Americans’ attitudes about the labor movement shows that just 53 percent still approve of unions and their goals – while the vast majority favors so-called “right to work” laws that have greatly accelerated the decline of private-sector union organizations.

What Does It Take for Schools to Go Digital?

President Obama hailed Mooresville, N.C., as a model for the future of public education. But a neighboring district offers a more accurate picture of the challenges most schools face in bridging the tech divide.

Gallup: 48% of Americans Are Satisfied with the Quality of Education

As students return to school in the U.S., 48% of Americans are “completely” or “somewhat satisfied” with the quality of kindergarten through high school education in the country, the highest Gallup has measured since 2004. For the first time since 2007, Americans are now about as likely to say they are satisfied as dissatisfied.

Tax Credit Scholarships: The Largest Form of School Choice in U.S.

Nineteen-year-old Jorge Perez will attend Columbia University this fall to study philosophy and economics—something his single mother, Sophia Flores, never dreamed for her son. But when Sophia discovered Florida’s tuition tax credit scholarship program in 2003, the doors of opportunity opened for Jorge.

What If We Got Rid of Textbooks?

About 50 million kids are headed back to school, lugging backpacks filled with heavy textbooks. An education can weigh as much as 30 pounds, making back-to-school a backbreaking ordeal.

Center for Ed Reform: State Rankings of Voucher Laws

Out of 14 states and the District of Columbia that have voucher programs, three earn A’s, three earn B’s, seven earn C’s, and two earn D’s on a new ranking and analysis from the Center for Education Reform (CER), School Choice Today: Voucher Laws Across the States Ranking & Scorecard 2014 released today.

New Project-Based Learning Platform Launches for iPad

A new project-based learning platform created by ed tech entrepreneur and speaker Adam Bellow is now out for iPad. WeLearnedIt lets teachers assign projects to students and assess them using a number of multimedia features.

Pediatricians’ Rx for Schools: Later Start Times

Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy.

Should Local Schools be Forced to Admit Illegal Immigrants?

School districts around the country are beginning to discover where the Obama administration has moved many of the new illegal immigrants, but most voters don’t believe these youngsters should be allowed to attend local schools.

Common Core Is Becoming Even More Unpopular

The Common Core State Standards initiative, arguably the most sweeping change to public education in at least a generation, is facing mounting skepticism—and still drawing many blanks.

Google Classroom Opens Virtual Doors

Google has officially opened the doors of its Classroom tool to anyone with a Google Apps for Education account. – See more at: http://www.educationnews.org/technology/google-classroom-opens-virtual-doors/#sthash.2BwyJ7ac.dpuf

Gallup: Americans Wary of Federal Influence on Public Schools

Americans’ trust in U.S. leaders has slipped amid partisan gridlock that has led to federal government inaction on pressing issues at home and abroad. Americans’ weak confidence in the federal government extends to issues surrounding public education.

ACT Report: Only 26% Meet All College Ready Benchmarks

More students than ever are taking the ACT college admissions test, but student achievement remains flat, as nearly one-third of students are not meeting any college readiness benchmarks, according to a new report from the testing agency.