| Nov 7, 2013
As the recent job evaluation of Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy showed, test scores and other metrics can be a useful addition to the assessment process — as long as they're not allowed to substitute for the bigger, more meaningful picture....
| Nov 11, 2013
| 4:39 PM
Each day, more than 8,000 students attend Meriden's 12 schools looking for opportunities for a better life. Our goal is to give each and every student the knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career and beyond. But simple knowledge alone is...
| Nov 12, 2013
Here's a way to dramatically increase classroom teaching time in Chicago and elsewhere while saving a ton of money:
Get rid of most or all standardized testing.
If you eliminated all the time that teachers now must prepare for and administer tests,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:29 PM
There is a cold, damp but exhilarating example of workplace courage and hope for a better future at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Let's thank the brave souls on the picket lines as they stand up for workplace justice and fight for middle-...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 7:28 PM
Some time within the past week, 160,000 new books arrived in The City That Reads, a term I've neither heard nor uttered since the Kurt Schmoke mayoralty and its much-mocked motto ("The City That Bleeds," "The City That Breeds") faded into memory nearly 15...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 1:14 PM
A national teachers union "Day of Action" campaign includes an Orlando event this evening. The campaign by the American Federation of Teachers argues that public schools are under attack by so-called reform efforts. Some 90 events around the country aim...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:38 PM
A group of Baltimore youth called Monday for communities throughout the city to have more say over what happens to their neighborhood schools under the city school system's 10-year-plan to upgrade its crumbling infrastructure.
The youth and young adults...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 4:04 PM
Drivers in the area of Arlington Drive and Fairview Road in Costa Mesa on Monday afternoon honked in support of the nearly 30 local teachers and community members huddled on the street corner and waving signs to encourage reform in public schools.
| Dec 11, 2013
| 5:50 AM
'Tis the season: the season of lights and decorations, the season of too much food, too much drink, too much hustle bustle, too much, too much.
'Tis also the season of giving: giving donations and time to favorite charities, giving gifts to family,...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Common Core may be the most controversial education issue you know nothing about. It's been trashed on radio talk shows and touted in speeches, and it will be the subject of three public hearings across the state this month. Yet 55 percent of parents...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Los Angeles was the scene last week of two events that took on corporate-style school reform, which emphasizes competition and accountability and is promulgated by many state governments and the U.S. Department of Education.
The first consisted of two...