Schools Try to Figure Out How to Deal with Influx of Immigrant Students

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.

State Catholic Conferences Push Legislators to Prioritize School Choice

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:

Researcher: In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most

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.

Nearly 3 Million Students Now Attend More Than 6,800 Charter Schools

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.

This Map Compares Each State to a Country with a Similar Education Level

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).

Report: Policymakers Still Can’t Figure Out What Makes a Great Teacher

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.

Think You Stink at Math? Amazon Wants to Change That

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.

States Increasingly Taking Over Chronically Failing School Districts

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.

Poll: 70% of Americans Support School Choice

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.

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