The Answer Sheet: school


Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/24/2014

How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded -- and didn’t

The Brown decision wiped out the “separate but equal” rule, but did its accomplish its main goal?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Segregation

Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

School apologizes for Black History Month lunch of watermelon, fried chicken

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Private School

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Virginia Senate votes to cut number of SOLs, delay A-F school grading

The House of Delegates will vote next.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Superintendent on school reform: ‘It is not working’

Letter to legislators: ‘Today, a good education is narrowly defined as good test scores. What it has led to is a culture of compliance in our schools.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/31/2014

For school choice-loving Democrats to consider

How Republicans view it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:22 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 11:28 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Text of Maryland superintendents’ document on school reform

Read what 22 of 24 Maryland superintendents are saying about reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:28 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Md. superintendents criticize implementation of school reforms

Maryland schools chiefs say new testing and other education reforms are on an unrealistic timetable.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Civil rights hero launches ‘American Child’s Education Bill of Rights’

James Meredith issues a 12-point declaration to help children succeed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

The hype and reality of ‘school choice’

It’s National School Choice Week. There’s less there than meets the eye.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

The reform mess -- an open letter to NY education officials

An award-winning principal and the president of the state teachers union say officials are obsessed with testing and it’s time to stop.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Will this become the new sickening normal at school?

Look at news from just the past 11 days.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Violence

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Why there’s no excuse for ‘no-excuse’ schools

Why is it that no private schools market themselves as ‘no excuse’ schools?

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/22/2014

A revealing thought experiment about student achievement and school reform

Look at data and figure out in which of two states students have higher achievement. See what this experiment says about reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:31 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2014

‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

School reformers are going about things backwards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Eric Cantor threatens new NYC mayor over school reform (update)

The House majority leader, who usually likes local control of education, warns Bill de Blasio to do what what Cantor wants or else.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:55 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 12/28/2013

The test question that’s haunted Gov. Jerry Brown for 50 years

The governor opposes the country’s standardized-testing obsession.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:43 AM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013

11 telling stories about 2013 school reform

They also tell us what’s ahead in 2014.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/21/2013

The phone call that ended a teacher’s romance with reformers

She was shocked at what she heard.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 09:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013

School named after KKK grand wizard to be renamed -- finally

The school has had the name since 1959.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Names

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Guns, schools and the most important unplanned lesson for teachers

American University was on lockdown Wednesday night because a man with a gun was spotted on campus. Here are the lessons learned.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Violence

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Education activists protest, rally in scores of cities (despite the weather)

The ‘National Day of Action’ .’

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  educaton, School Reform, Standardized Test, teachers union

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/30/2013

How thinking like an engineer can help school reform

Attacking education’s three biggest problems through engineering design thinking.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/23/2013

What Virginians don’t know about new A-F school grading system

But they need to know it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/23/2013

Beyond tests: How to foster imagination in students

Why minimum-competency tests should be replaced with maximum-performance tasks.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Angry principal tweets: ‘Strap up, there will be head injuries’

Why does the school board tolerate this kind of language from a public employee?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Leadership

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Surprising new research on school funding

What Philadelphia schools does despite being severely underfunded.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School funding

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Nine ways to improve schools in the nation’s largest district

It’s the work of students, parents, teachers, principals and education researchers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Why a school district changed its name

It’s a reminder that public schools are owned by the public.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The school data problem: what we have vs. what we need

Researchers try to find data to assemble a robust picture of school quality. They can’t. What this means about school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/30/2013

How school districts are affected by Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling

A just-released report provides guidance for school systems.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DOMA, School Systems

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 10/28/2013

The doubts of a school choice supporter

Are some kids being left behind?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:31 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 10/28/2013

What color is a great school?

School grading systems have gotten wacky.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Grades

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Faculty fight university’s link to controversial school turnaround district

Eastern Michigan University say the district is a mess and they have no input into its operation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:33 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Takeover

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Teacher to reformers: ‘Invite us to the table’

How the teaching profession is changing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

The problem with ‘whatever it takes to get the job done’

The phrase excuses too many bad school reform initiatives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Public schools shouldn’t close for religious reasons

There is a good secular reason to close schools on some religious holidays, though.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School calendar

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

'An average school I would want my children to attend'

Schools that earn ‘A’ grades based on test scores aren’t the only great schools out there.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  More Than Meets The Grade, School Effectiveness

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Is Fairfax's new sleep-in program for some students fair?

With research proving teens have different sleep rhythms, why can't all high schools start school later?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens and sleep, When Should High School Start?

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 10/05/2013

The influence of new philanthropy on democracy

Why the current era of private giving is different from in the past.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Philanthropy, School Reform

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Who’s minding the people who are supposed to be minding the schools?

Two scandals, one on the East Coast and another on the West, prompt the question in the headline.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Scandals, School Scandals

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 10/02/2013

KKK asks panel to keep school named after 'grand wizard' of white-supremacist group

School board to meet to discuss what to do with Nathan B. Forrest High School's name.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:27 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Imperial Kaltrop' Writes Letter, School Names

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Veteran teacher: The key failing of school reform over decades

Patrick Welsh details the main problem with four decades of school reform efforts that failed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, The Effect On Kids

Posted at 02:38 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Is professor's #NRA tweet a firing offense or protected speech?

University of Kansas academic was put on leave. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:38 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free Speech, School Reacts

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013

The perils of the ‘F-word’

Two prominent governors have been firing off the F-word quite a bit lately as it relates to school reform. What gives?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 09/23/2013

‘What we’ve got here is failure to communicate’

Actually, the message is clear. It’s the substance that’s the problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 09/18/2013

The ‘harsh reality’ of how test-driven curriculum affects kids

“On test days we watched our children break out in hives, refuse to eat, throw up, lock themselves in school bathrooms, shake, sob, and lose their smiles.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:27 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Parent's Testimony, School Reform

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

What it’s like in school to have principal after principal

A veteran teacher talks about the problem of principal turnover for students and teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Principals, School Leadership, The School Leadership Problem

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 09/12/2013

School named after KKK leader asked to change its name

It’s in Florida, and more than 75,000 have signed a petition asking for a name change.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:34 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  000 Petition Signatures, 75, School Names

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 09/06/2013

What’s missing from education policy debate

Reformers and policymakers talk a lot about how to recruit teachers with higher GPAs, higher standards, better standardized tests, big data and much more. What they don't talk about is the importance of teacher-student relationships.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academic Rigor Isn't Everything, School Reform, Teacher-Student Relationships Do Toot Everything

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Back to school -- by the numbers

Teachers, students, expenditures, attainment and more....

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  50 Million Students, Back to School

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Report: Public schools more segregated now than 40 years ago

'When did test scores become the civil rights issue of our time?'

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:50 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Equity in Education, School Segregation

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Five bad education assumptions the media keeps recycling

Here's how and why it keeps happening.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  On Ripley's New 'Smartest Kids' Book, School Reform

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Did Bill Clinton smack critics of school reform in March on Washington speech?

You decide. Here's what he said.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:20 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Just Asking, School Reform

Posted at 04:10 AM ET, 08/28/2013

School reform: The problems -- and some solutions

Here's a Q

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:10 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Public Education Under Siege', School Reform

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

How the public is deceived about 'highly qualified teachers'

The federal government is continuing to support a practice of putting the least-prepared teachers in the highest need classrooms -

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By Politicians and School Reformers, Teachers

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013

What's the 'most pernicious clich of our time'?

Here are a couple options.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's About Education, School Reform

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 08/17/2013

Maryland university buying bulletproof whiteboards

It's a new take on school security.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:58 AM ET, 08/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Take on School Security, New Take on School Security, School Security, Sign Of The Times

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/16/2013

How students are being set up to fail

Here's who is doing it -- and why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Testing Nightmare, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Literacy experts say reformers reviving 'reading wars'

Renowned literacy experts take issue with a recent report on the quality of teacher education programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Critique of Ed School Ratings, Literacy Education, Reading

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 08/10/2013

Why we can't all get along over school reform

In democratic public life, what significant change has ever come without friction?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:34 PM ET, 08/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  More Tension Needed, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013

The problem with 'the problem with teachers'

The one profession from which we demand perfection is held in very low esteem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013

A teacher gets depressed: a real story in comics

"There is an epidemic of teacher depression, demoralization and stress in this country, and for a while I was part of it," a teacher writes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Unusual Post, School Reform, Teachers and Depression

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 07/22/2013

What parents really think about school reform

A new poll shows that they want strong neighborhood schools. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:23 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Not Much, Parents, School Reform

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Teacher: Why the last school year was 'crushing'

A response to NYC Chancellor Dennis Wolcott's end-of-year letter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Letter To The Chancellor, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013

England vs Scotland: Competing school reform visions

Scotland and England assess the reasons for their educational problems differently, and come up with different solutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International School Reform, What U.S. Can Learn

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 07/19/2013

Florida's change to school rating system called 'scam'

Put this in the if-you-don't-like-the-rules-just-change-them category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:58 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Mess, Grading Schools, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/19/2013

Five basic lessons on public education (short and long versions)

These five lessons will help you in any discussion on public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, What A Teacher Learned

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Key questions begging for answers about school reform

Opponents of currently dominant education policies have a problem that proponents do not.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Moving Forward, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Teachers or 'Quantitative Learning Gains Facilitators?'

Here are the competing narratives in the school reform debate. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The 'educational' value of being born rich

Why current school reform efforts are doomed to fail.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Did Arne Duncan rebrand 'no excuse' school reform?

Sick of hearing about 'no-excuse' school reform? Read this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:17 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Approach, School Reform

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Why schools aren't businesses: The blueberry story

How a corporate leader discovered schools shouldn't be run like businesses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A CEO's Epiphany, School Reform

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Why it's time for a reset of education reform

Where we stand in education reform at the end of the school year, and why we need to move.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, State of Affairs

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Ten mostly offbeat ways teens can learn something this summer

"Be bored" and nine other suggestions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:36 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Be Bored' and Other Activities, Forget School, Summer Learning

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013

A 'reform-to-English' dictionary

What does, for example, "for the children" and "status quo" really mean?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Definitions, School Reform

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The problem(s) with D.C. school reform bills

Undoubtedly well-intentioned, D.C. Council member David Catania's proposed school board legislation raises some important concerns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, Process and Substance, School Reform

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 06/16/2013

New Florida law: Teachers can't be evaluated on students they don't have

Why was such a law necessary? Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:49 PM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Really, School Reform, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Eight weird things schools banned this year

Not the usual targets.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Really, School Bans

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013

How test scores can be deceiving

They can seem to indicate one thing when they actually mean another.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Study on Massachusetts Reform, Test Scores

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013

James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform

The civil rights icon wants Americans to ask these questions to politicians, educators and school reformers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  James Meredith, School Reform, Urges Americans To Demand Answers, Urges Americans To Seek Answers

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013

How cookie-cutter school reforms cement class, race divisions

For kids who are falling behind, extra interventions and classroom time are needed -- and much appreciated. But certain types of interventions aren't always welcome.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education as a 'Core Value', School Reform

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 06/08/2013

'Stop this Madness': rap video on school reform

An Albany teacher says enough is enough -- in a rap song. Watch it. Read the lyrics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Albany Teachers Protest, School Reform Protest

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 06/05/2013

'Hope Against Hope': A community's painful struggle over school reform

The following book prologue sets the stage for Sarah Carr's year spent immersed in the disparate lives of the family, the teacher, and the administrator.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:45 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt About New Orleans, School Reform

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 06/02/2013

The story of an 'offending' blog post

Why policy makers should pay attention to critics rather than shut them up.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:31 AM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Different Opinions, School Reform

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/01/2013

Philadelphia passes 'doomsday' school budget

Gone is funding for paper, new books, counselors, librarians, assistant principals and more. Really.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drastic Cuts, Philadelphia Schools, School funding

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Jeb Bush's disdain for public education

It's always useful to know where other people are coming from so we can thank Jeb Bush for making it so easy to understand where he stands.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  He Doesn't Hide It, Jeb Bush, School Reformers

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/29/2013

How school reform preserves the 'status quo' -- and what real change would look like

What the reforms are and aren't doing -- and what would really work to help improve schools and student achievement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Prescription, School Reform

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids)

The dean of Howard University's School of Education takes a provocative look at what urban school reform is all about. It's not about schools and kids, she says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Urban School Reform

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2013

The Rev. John Thomas: No act of God caused Chicago schools closings

A reverend looks at what is really behind the decision by the Chicago Board of Education to go ahead with the largest mass closing of public schools in American history.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago School Closings, Largest Mass Closing in U.S. History, The Schools Are Gone Because....

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/23/2013

The billionaires lose one

Big money doesn't always win the day. At least it didn't in a school board race in Los Angeles.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reformer Loses L.A. School Board Vote, School Boards

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/20/2013

What's wrong with school 'choice'? Here's what.

The idea of giving students a choice of where to go school -- with public funds -- may sound good, but there are problems attached.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice, Vouchers

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Principal: Why our new educator evaluation system is unethical

The ethical standard by which each evaluation component should be judged -- and why New York's new educator assessment system violates it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educator Evaluation, What Makes a Good School

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/18/2013

Are school vouchers losing steam?

Vouchers have been at the center of the school choice movement for many reformers, but they may be in trouble.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters Taking Precedent, School choice, Vouchers

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Three days of marches in Chicago to protest school closings

Three days of demonstrations to protest the closing of 54 schools in Chicago starts Saturday.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:31 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protests Planned This Weekend, School Closures

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 05/17/2013

The revolution is here

The revolution is against corporate-based education reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Against Corporate-Based Reform, School Reform

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Americans: The world's sleepiest students

An analysis of data on sleepy students collected from countries around the world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Instruction Affected, Sleep and School

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/15/2013

School rankings: Why even the better ones are questionable

Here are some of the serious problems affecting even the better school rankings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Rankings, The Problems

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Why recruiting top talent isn't the best way to reform schools

What's the most important factor for organizational success in today's knowledge-based economy?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, What Works

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Insects — a new nutritious ingredient for school lunches?

A new U.N. report says insects are a good alternative to conventional foods and feed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Lunches, U.N. Report on Insect Eating

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 05/11/2013

A major school reformer's 'Nixon goes to China' moment

A discussion on school reform in New York took a surprising turn when a reform heavyweight said, "We're losing the communications game because we don't have a good message to communicate."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:34 AM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Vallas, School Reform

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/10/2013

'Yuck: A 4th Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch'

A fourth grader secretly films what kids are being served in a New York City elementary school and makes an award-winning film about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Lunch, Watch The Trailer

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Michigan parent to Arne Duncan: 'Our schools are at the breaking point'

An open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Is This What Education Means?', Arne Duncan, School Reform

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Colleges, universities tighten security for graduation ceremonies

The Massachusetts university where one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects attended is restricting the number of people who can attend this weekend's graduation ceremonies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Marathon bombings, Reaction to Boston Marathon Bombings, School Security

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013

School district closes before academic year is over

Teachers offered to work for free but liability issues got in the way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Crisis, School District Closes, Teachers Vote to Work For Free

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Virginia second-graders suspended for pointing pencils at each other

Have you heard about the two 7- year-old boys who were suspended from school for pointing pencils at each other while making shooting sounds?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Better Way to Handle It, School Discipline

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Louisiana Supreme Court rules school voucher funding unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled today 6-1 that the way the state funds its school voucher program is unconstitutional.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Money for Public Schools, School vouchers

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/04/2013

School canceled for 'great weather'

Snow days are common, but a sun day?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Closed, Video

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 04/26/2013

A bad idea in D.C. on school reform -- and a sharp response (update)

The belief that this process should start with a team of lawyers and not end with one speaks to a fundamental missed opportunity.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Stop Hunting and Ask the Crowd', A Bad Idea, D.C. Public Schools, School Reform

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2013

The color of school closures

Who is most affected by public school closures in major cities?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Infographic, School Closures

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/21/2013

Teacher: How my job went from great to infuriating

Here's a call for the end of high-stakes standardized tests from a teacher who chronicles how school reform forced him to change how he taught.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Effects of NCLB, No Child Left Behind, School Reform, Teachers, What School Reform Did

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 04/20/2013

When it's not his children's school

A parent blasts Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his plan to close more than 50 public schools

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:46 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago School Closings, School Reform

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Gabby Giffords nails it on Senate's failure

So much for making children and schools safer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Safety

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Virginia Tech, other colleges tightening security

Colleges and universities are tightening security around the country for big weekend sporting and other events in the wake of Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:32 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  At Big Events, Boston Marathon bombings, School Security

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/17/2013

'Personalization' of learning: Genuine or slick marketing?

Is using technological tools to "personalize" student learning the real thing?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The problem with school superintendents

Two trends have characterized the urban school district superintendency in recent years, neither of them good.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Needed: Continuity, Not Change, School Superintendents

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Study: School reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm

A new study on the effects of corporate-based school reform in Washington D.C., New York City and concludes that little has been accomplished and some harm has been done to students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, D.C., New York City, School Reform

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013

NY's 2013 'High School Principal of Year' is fighting state over reform

New York State's new High School Principal of the Year is Carol Burris, a school leader in Long Island who has been a leader in a fight with state officials over reforms

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Opposes Test-Based Accountability, School Reform

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Teacher: Why I won't quit despite 'inane' reform

A teacher explains why she won't give up the classroom even though many of her colleagues are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Her Letter to Arne Duncan, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/11/2013

What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate

Darling-Hammond: The reform impulse that gave rise to construction of new learning standards and assessments will only work if we invest in the capacity of educators to work together effectively.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Linda Darling-Hammond, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Georgia students fight segregated proms

A group of black and white students who have been friends for years are fighting to end a whites-only prom at a Georgia high school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:10 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  in 2013, School Segregation, Yes

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Why renowned educators -- and new teachers -- are 'occupying' Ed Dept

Today teachers, students, parents, researchers and other activists are starting the second annual "Occupy the DOE" event on the grounds of the U.S. Education Department to protest corporate-based school reform. A new teacher explains why she is attending.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Teacher Explains Why She Is ATtending, School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/04/2013

An urban school district that works -- without miracles or Teach For America

To listen to some school reformers, you'd think there are no urban traditional public schools that are successful. Here's a different story, excerpted from David Kirp's new "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System And A Strategy For America's Schools."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt, Book Excerpt by David Kirp, School Reform

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Following the school reform money

Just how well-coordinated and far-reaching is the intersection of school reform and politics?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Intersection of Politics, It's Coordinated, Money in School Reform, Reform, School Reform

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/02/2013

How to arm our schools

What is the best way to protect students at school?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Security, The Right Resources

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Key education activists protesting in D.C. next week

Leading education activists are converging on Washington D.C. next week to protest school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School R, School Reform

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013

We didn't need a survey to tell us this

Do the people of Chicago really want corporate-based school reform? What a survey really tells us.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/27/2013

The problem with New Jersey's takeover of Camden schools

Something had to be done for the kids in Camden public schools, but here's why the newly announced state takeover may not help a bit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, State Takeover, The Same Old Thing

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Barricades erected before mass protest against Chicago school closings

Here's how you know that Chicago officials are expecting a rowdy turnout at a mass rally called for Wednesday afternoon to protest the announced closings of more than 50 schools this year:

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil Disobedience Expected, School Closings

Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Rihanna shows up at school nearly 5 hours late -- and stays 16 minutes

Things didn't go as planned at a high school Rihanna was scheduled to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Manners?, School Visits, Way Not to Go

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Chicago closing 54 schools; union leader blasts 'outrageous' plan

Chicago says it will close 54 schools this year; Chicago Teachers Union leader says the closings are a travesty -- and worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:38 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'An Insult', Chicago Schools, School Closings

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013

How big is the school counselor shortage? Big

As a national debate continues about how to make schools safer, the student-counselor ratio in some states remains shockingly high.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Counselors, Why It Matters

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/19/2013

New nonsense about teachers

There's some new rhetoric from reformers about teachers and I'm already sick of it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  About Teachers, Accountability, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Threatening a school, Charlie Sheen? Really?

Sheen tweeted "a legitimate call to arms" against Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Ca.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlie Sheen, School Security, Ugh

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 03/14/2013

What happened when a Rhode Island state senator took a student standardized test?

A Rhode Island state senator was one of the first of some 50 adults who have agreed to take a version of the state's standardized test, part of an action aimed at protesting a new high school testing graduation requirement that students say is unfair.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:21 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How Did She Do?, More Adults Taking Exam, More Adults Taking Test, School Reform, Standardized Tests

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2013

The unreasonable 'Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013

You won't believe what a bill called "The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013" and introduced in the Maryland legislature is intended to accomplish. Think Pop-Tarts and guns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Discipline, Think Pop-Tarts and Guns

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Ravitch forms advocacy group to counter Rhee and other school reformers

Diane Ravitch explains why she she has formed a new advocacy group to fight corporate-based school reform and organizations -- like Michelle Rhee's -- that support it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diane Ravitch, Q & A With Ravitch, School Reform

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Philadelphia to close 23 public schools; Randi Weingarten arrested at protest (update)

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was arrested along with 18 other activists today in Philadelphia as they were protesting a hearing by the School Reform Commission on a plan to close nearly 30 public schools in the city.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:09 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Handcuffed, Randi Weingarten, School Closings

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Voters send mixed signals to school reformers in L.A.

Voters keep sending signals that they have very mixed feelings about corporate-based school reform. The latest signs come from Los Angeles, where races for three Board of Education seats resulted in one defeat, one win, and one runoff for supporters of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Board of Education Races, School Reform

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Arne Duncan: The newest rhetoric vs. the reality

Education Secretary Arne Duncan sometimes says things that his policies belie. Here's the newest rhetoric and reality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Beyond 'The Pink Slips', School Reform

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Student videotapes teacher allegedly stealing from student backpacks

Here's how a student caught a teacher who was rifling through student backpacks and apparently stealing cash.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caught, School Security

Posted at 02:14 AM ET, 03/03/2013

Schools put on lockdown when 'Fresh Prince' song is misinterpreted

Schools in a Pennsylvania county were put on lockdown after a receptionist misunderstood the words of the theme song of the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" that a student had as his cell phone greeting.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:14 AM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Security, You Can't Be Too Careful

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/02/2013

Where school reform fails to meet classroom reality

A teacher recounts what she faces every day in the classroom and how much of the school reform movement's talking points ignore reality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, What Really Happens

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Republicans on the ropes? Not everywhere

Joe Scarborough keeps saying on "Morning Joe" that the GOP is in big trouble, but there is one area of policy where they seem to be doing just fine.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, School Reform

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Welfare for the rich? Private school tax credit programs expanding

What sequester? Some states are using public money to pay private school tuition through controversial tax credit programs that benefit the rich. And the programs are expanding..

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:14 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Just Another School Choice, School choice, Tax Credits

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Education innovator wins $1 million TED prize

The winner of the first $1 million TED Prize for education innovation is (no, not Sal Khan) Sugata Mitra, for his plan to start this year the "School in the Cloud." What's that?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'School in the Cloud', Education Innovation

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Editorial bashes Jeb Bush's education 'reform' efforts

A Florida newspaper rips apart Jeb Bush's school reform record in the state and takes on his national reputation as a leading education reformer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Undeserved Reputation', Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013

'You can't have that data': 19 months of stonewalling by ed bureaucrats

In state after state, critics of education reform try to get data from state education departments to see for themselves how well the reforms are working but often get stonewalled. Here's one such story.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Reform, School Reform, So Much For Transparency

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Teacher questions value of AP program

A teacher who taught AP government questions whether all AP courses really make high school students more prepared for college than they would have been if they took other courses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:32 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Advanced Placement, Challenging Jay Mathews, He Challenges Jay Mathews, School Reform

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Colbert skewers Phoenix school 'gun posse' and trainer Steven Seagal

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff-category, an Arizona sheriff recruited actor Steven Seagal to train volunteers to be part of an armed posse to patrol Phoenix-area schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns in Schools, It's Hilarious, School Security, This Video Is Hilarious

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Students can't Google everything: Why knowledge matters

If you mistake advocacy for a knowledge-based curriculum as wistful nostalgia for a better time, or as "old fashioned" you just don't get it, writes Daniel Willingham, in this piece about a school reform debate in Britain that resonates here as well.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, School Reform Debate

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Tennessee lawmaker wants to cut welfare benefits for bad report cards

There seems to be no end to the number of wacky school reform ideas. Now a Tennessee state senator wants to cut welfare payments to families whose kids get really bad report cards and test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Idea Gets an 'F', School Reform

Posted at 01:08 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Jon Stewart tests Michelle Rhee, defends teachers (update with video)

on Stewart invited Michelle Rhee on "The Daily Show" Monday night and, while he didn't skewer her the way some Rhee critics would have liked, he kept challenging her about whether her brand of school reform unfairly targets teachers. He also said what Rhee and other reformers could take to be something of a slight: There has been "no real innovation in education since John Dewey."

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:08 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  He Challenges Reforms, He Defends Teachers, Jon Stewart, Michelle Rhee, Polite But Challenging, School Reform

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Second-graders correct NFL players' tweets

Second graders at Elmwood Franklin Elementary School in Buffalo, N.Y., used their grammar lessons to correct tweets from NFL players.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:19 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elementary School, Getting It Right

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/02/2013

The inconvenient truth of education 'reform'

Several important things happened in the education world this week; here's an analysis that answers this question: Whose interests are really being served with school reform?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, The Costs

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Six best e-mails on National School Choice Week

It's School Choice Week, which is not easy to forget if your email queue fills up every few hours with messages that have subject lines like the ones below. There are, according to the website, "3,600 events and counting!" to celebrate school choice, which has become one of the primary focuses of school reformers in America today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:17 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hours and More, Lots of Events, School choice

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2013

Florida ed reform: 'A danger of all this imploding'

Educators in Florida have been screaming for some time about the irrationality of the state's standardized test-based school accountability system -- which is being sold around the country by former governor Jeb Bush as a model for education reform. But now the powerful president of the Florida Senate, Republican Don Gaetz, has become part of the chorus.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Teacher may lose job over students with mouths taped shut

Some of you may remember when Michelle Rhee addressed a group of new teachers back in 2010 and disclosed that when she was a second-grade teacher at Baltimore's Harlem Park Elementary, her class-management skills were so bad that she taped the mouths of her students. The incident didn't have any effect on Rhee's career as an education reformer, but a teacher in Ohio isn't going to be so lucky.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:53 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Discipline, Teachers, Who Does That Sound Like?

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 01/16/2013

PTA criticizes Obama's call for more armed school guards

The National Parent Teachers Organization said today it was pleased with much of President Obama's new proposals to improve school security but that his call for more armed guards at schools "comes as a disappointment."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:13 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Group Opposes Guns on Campus, Gun Violence in Schools, guns, School Security

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Obama's proposals on school safety

Here's what President Obama proposed today to make schools safer as part of his expansive new initiative to reduce gun violence.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:14 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, School Safety, Targeting Gun Violence

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's education agenda

In his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday night, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed a state constitutional amendment that would make it easier for charter schools to open, an A-F system to grade schools, the use of Teach For America members, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Virginia schools, Wants More Charter Schools

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Education reform as a business

Here is an example of how school reform has become little more than a business in some arenas (and just how removed some reformers have gotten from classrooms and teachers and students and the actual dynamic of teaching and learning). It's the "Business Plan Competition" being run by the Yale School of Management.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education as a Business, Investing in Education, School Reform, The Profit Motive

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Michelle Rhee's new state reform report card

StudentsFirst, her lobbying organization that has taken aim at teachers unions, just released a "reform" report card that grades states on whether they have followed the reforms that she likes. That means that D.C. schools did better than Maryland and Virginia. Really. Here's more about the report card and what else Rhee is up to.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How DC, How Powerful Is She, MD scored, Michelle Rhee, School Reform, VA

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2013

The secret e-mails about Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark schools

A detail that got buried on the day that Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he would not challenge Gov. Chris Christie next year was the bit of news that a judge had ordered the release of secret e-mails involving the Booker administration's dealings involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to city schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privatization, School Reform, The Gritty Details

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Virginia superintendents, principals reject guns in schools

Three educators' associations in Virginia just issued a release on school safety that says they are concerned about Gov. Bob McDonnell's suggestion that state residents have a discussion about allowing guns in schools

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:11 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns in Schools, Keeping Schools Safe, School Safety

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 12/21/2012

School reform news vs. 'Les Mis'

Which is more depressing? School reform news or Les Miserables?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Les Miserables, School Reform, Tweet, Tweet of The Day

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Dozens of Michigan schools close early because of rumors of violence

Dozens of Michigan schools started the holiday break two days early because of distractions caused by rumored threats of violence and issues with end-of-the-world prophecies. Following are statements from officials in the two counties explaining why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:42 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Our Communities Are Anxious', School Closings, School Shootings

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Teachers unions reject arming educators in schools

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, with a total of some 4.5 million members, said in a joint statement that arming teachers won't make schools safer/. What will, they say, are mental health services, bullying prevention and gun safety legislation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mental Health Services Needed, Newtown, School Safety

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/18/2012

1947 video on school discipline

Here's a 1947 video on school discipline that you will find either illuminating or amusing, or both. It's one of the videos that educator Larry Ferlazzo has on his 2012 list of best videos for educators.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Best Videos for Educators, School Discipline

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Have teachers changed their minds about reform?

Where do teachers stand on the current wave of school reform? Education writer Jay Mathews says teachers are now leaning in favor of reform. Researcher Matthew Di Carlo takes a look at that claim.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Like It or Not?, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/15/2012

U.S. school districts react to Newtown shootings

School districts in the greater Washington area and around the country respond to the deadly shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety Issues Addressed, School Shootings, School Violence

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 12/14/2012

How to talk to children about violence against children

ANSWER SHEET | From the National Association of School Psychologists is advice on how to talk to children about violence.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:37 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dealing With Crisis, School Shootings, Violence Against Children

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Proposed Loudoun charter gets initial 'no' vote

A three-member select committee of the Loudoun School Board have voted against recommending that the full panel approve what would be the first public charter school in the county because of questions involving curriculum and other operational issues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:16 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Full School Board to decide

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Moco schools chief calls for three-year moratorium on standardized testing

Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr, solidifying his role as a prominent critic of President Obama's education policies, says the country needs a three-year moratorium on standardized testing and needs to "stop the insanity" of evaluating teachers according to student test scores because it is based on "bad science."

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Montgomery County Schools, Problems With Reform, School Reform

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Why a Louisiana judge ruled school vouchers unconstitutional

A Louisiana state judge sided today with opponents of Gov. Bobby Jindal's sweeping private school voucher program, ruling that is unconstitutional because it improperly diverts public state and local money intended for public schools to private institutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:37 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Is Indiana Next?, School vouchers

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Finnish Lessons' author wins $100,000 education prize

Finland's Pasi Sahlberg, an international leader in education reform, has won a $100,000 education prize from the University of Louisville for his worldwide best-selling book that explains how Finnish schools were reformed to become among the best in the world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:58 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Finnish Lessons, Pasi Sahlberg, Real School Reform

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Superintendent who led schools' response to Aurora movie massacre stepping down

John Barry, the superintendent of public schools in Aurora, Colorado, who oversaw a detailed response for the state's sixth largest school district in the wake of the massacre last July at an Aurora movie theater, is stepping down.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School superintendent, The resignation email

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Who does Jeb Bush think he's kidding?

Jeb Bush is about to launch his fifth education summit in Washington, in an effort to to further his brand of corporate-based school reform, which he likes to tout except when acolytes get beaten at the polls.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:40 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Why some conservatives oppose vouchers

While Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal support vouchers, not all conservatives do, though it's not for the same reasons that fuel opposition from public school advocates. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice, School Reform

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 11/18/2012

D.C. vouchers: What you need to know

Hundreds of D.C. student who receive money from the congressionally created voucher program attend unaccredited schools, including one school whose curriculum is based on a Bulgarian psychotherapist's philosophy and one Nation of Islam school. There's plenty more in a Post investigation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Post Investigation, D.C. vouchers; Voucher Programs, School choice

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2012

Jeb and Arne, together again

Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary. Duncan is now scheduled to deliver a keynote address at Bush's fifth annual Excellence in Action Summit late this month in Washington D.C. What's wrong with that?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Sprouts for sprouts

It isn't a vegetable that kids gravitate to, but brussel sprouts were the centerpiece of a bunch of concoctions at a taste test for D.C. school children. Picture from the D.C. Central Kitchen.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, School Food

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Washington charter initiative STILL undecided update

It turns out that election results for Washington's initiative to allow charter schools to open in the state are incomplete and the outcome remains unknown despite the fact that a bunch of billionaires spent millions to get it approved.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Big Money, Charter Schools, School reforfm

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/08/2012

How Obama helped Georgia charter measure win

Georgia's ballot measure to permit the state to create a committee to approve charter schools passed with big support from African Americans -- even though black lawmakers and other leaders in the state said it would lead to the resegregation of public schools. Who helped?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Election Results, Powerful ad, School Reform

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Bad losers in Tuesdays election

No sooner had veteran teacher Glenda Ritz upset Tony Bennett as schools superintendent in Indiana's election by questioning his corporate-based school reform agenda than unhappy Republican state leaders threw down the gauntlet to Ritz and her supporters.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:36 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indiana Superintendent, School Reform, The Election

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A call for President Obama to change course on education

Here is a call to President Obama and other school reformers to reevaluate the reform initiatives they have undertaken in recent years, framed against the documentary "The Fog of War," in which former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara came to realize how he had ignored evidence in his prosecution of the Vietnam War.

By Arthur H. Camins  |  04:04 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, School Reform, The Fog of Education War

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Results in key education races

School reformers sustained some big upsets around the country but also had some wins. Here's what happened.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Results, Future of Reform, School Reform

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Florida rejects using public funds for religious school tuition

Florida voters defeated a measure that would have allowed the use of public funds for religious school tuition, effectively turning back an effort that was expected to lead to a state-wide voucher program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'No' on Vouchers, School choice, School Reform, Vouchers

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Major school reformer ousted by teacher as Indiana schools superintendent

In a major upset that will delight school reform foes around the country, Indiana voters tossed out controversial state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and elected veteran teacher Glenda Ritz in his place.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:26 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, The Election

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/06/2012

A bakers dozen of races that matter to education

There's at a lot at stake for public education in Tuesday's election. There are initiatives on school funding, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and plenty more. Here are some key races to watch.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:18 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Results, Public Education, School Reform

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Whats at stake for public schools in election

Tuesday's election will determine whether Arne Duncan stays as President Obama's education secretary (Duncan says he wants to stay and Obama has shown no interest in replacing him) or whether Mitt Romney will pick Duncan's successor -- but there's a lot more at stake for public education when Americans go to the polls.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Initiatives and Races, School Reform, The Election

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Just Let Me Teach armbands taking off

Short summary of story

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fed Up, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Why Obama’s leading education critic will vote for him

Diane Ravitch has savaged President Obama's education policies for years, saying they have harmed public schools. But here's why she has decided to vote for him anyway.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:53 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Decision, Diane Ravitch, Election, School Reform

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Study: Demography remains destiny in NYC despite school choice reforms

School reformers like to say demography is not destiny. But a new study of New York City's reform effort, which made school choice a priority, has failed to bring about educational equity.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research, Research, School choice

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Billionaires put big bucks in Louisiana school board races

Here is a new case study in our continuing look at how billionaires (and millionaires) are throwing around their money to drive education reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:44 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Billionaires, Privatization, School Reform

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 10/21/2012

Ex-Marine turned teacher: ‘Stop demonizing me and my profession’

A man who served as a Marine and a police officer before becoming a physics teacher writes about the assault on his profession. Stop it, he asks reformers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:15 PM ET, 10/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guest Voicers, School Reform, Teaching

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 10/21/2012

Former Marine turned teacher: 'Stop demonizing me and my profession'

A man who served as a Marine and a police officer before becoming a physics teacher writes about the assault on his profession. Stop it, he asks reformers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:15 PM ET, 10/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guest Voicers, School Reform, Teaching

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/19/2012

About the ‘rogue experiment’ that upset researchers

What's the connection between an experiment by an entrepreneur who dropped 100 tons of iron dust into the Pacific Ocean and school reform initiatives?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Just Saying, School Reform; Science Experiments

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Playing hardball over a Tennessee charter school

Well, they went ahead and did it. Tennessee education officials actually lived up to their petulant threat to withhold $3.4 million from Nashville public schools as punishment for refusing to allow a controversial charter school to open.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:26 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, School choice

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012

French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

French President François Hollande, would likely win a popularity contest among school children around the world with his promise to end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country's education system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homework; school reform, International

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Things educators could say but don’t

Are teachers more humanely motivated than most of the rest of us?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guest Voices, No Child Left Behind; School Reform