| Oct 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Diane Ravitch is all the rage in education circles these days, but rage, unfortunately, is what's she's selling. There are many reasons why, despite decades of efforts, U.S. public schools continue to fail, especially for low-income and minority children....
| Oct 20, 2013
| 6:51 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seems pretty simple: If a student has male genitalia, the kid uses the boys' bathroom. If there are female organs, then it's the girls' room.
But what if the student wears a skirt, makeup and lipstick, and has a penis?...
| Oct 20, 2013
A study by the Southern Education Foundation reported an astonishing statistic last week: Nearly half — 48 percent — of the 50 million public school students in the U.S. now live in poverty. Moreover, since 2000, poor children have become...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 6:44 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to pump $13 million more into city coffers next year by raising amusement taxes on cable TV services and boosting zoning permit fees for large construction projects, City Hall officials say.
The increases are part of a series of...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:00 AM
For a school system in an era of bare-bones budgets, building cellphone towers on school properties can mean easy money. But for some parents, the towers pose health and safety risks for their children.
Anne Arundel County is the latest to become locked...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:59 PM
When he arrived at one of Los Angeles' preeminent private high schools seven years ago, baseball coach Matt LaCour knew how to win. He had a CIF championship under his belt.
But the self-described "public school kid" was now at Harvard-Westlake School,...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 6:30 PM
In a September column, I discussed the three major ways to get out of default on a student loan: repayment, consolidation and rehabilitation. Of the three, rehabilitation is the only way to have a default removed from your credit report. It involves...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 4:47 AM
Bruce Reed, Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff for nearly three years, will leave the administration next month to lead the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Los Angeles-based philanthropic group that backs efforts to change public schools,...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 10:58 AM
Cursive handwriting – when is the last time you used it to write something other than your signature? With so much of our lives online now, the occasions to get out the pen and paper are getting fewer and fewer. And even when we do, do we need to...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 3:59 PM
A 49-year-old Chicago Public Schools employee who allegedly stole two Apple computers from a Chicago Public School two years ago was arrested and charged with the theft after software on the computer led authorities to him.
Martin McCue, who was...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Maryland wants to continue annual assessments of students this year at a cost of about $6 million, even though the scores wouldn't be used to gauge school progress — one of the main reasons for giving the tests.
State officials, in plans to be...