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Growing criticism about Teach For America and a polarized education reform debate is affecting recruitment of new corps members and the organization “could fall short of our partners’ overall needs by more than 25 percent” next year, TFA officials say.Read full article >>
While a state monitor recently accused the East Ramapo school board of mismanagement that favored its yeshivas, New York’s formula gives the public schools below-average state aid.
As D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson embarks on a plan to “rethink high schools” and improve graduation rates in 2015, she is pushing for new regulations that would move District schools away from a century-old measure of academic progress: seat time.Read full article >>
Former history teacher Erich Martel, a proven expert on D.C. school mismanagement, suggested in my Nov. 24 column that some D.C. charter schools had more white students than he thought likely if admission by random lottery was the rule, as it is supposed to be. Read full article >>
Today is the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman named Adam Lanza who then killed himself. There have been repeated calls since then for Congress to take some action to prevent more gun violence but none has been taken. Since the Dec. 14, 2012 Newtown killings, there have been more at least 44 school shootings on K-12 or college campuses in 24 states, according to a new report. In this post, Marie Corfield, a New Jersey art teacher, mother and activist, writes an open letter to elected officials asking them to do something, finally. Corfield gave me permission to publish this piece, which appeared on her blog.Read full article >>
John King is leaving his job as commissioner of New York State schools commissioner to become a senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, with the “roles and responsibilities of the deputy secretary,” according to the Education Department, which issued a statement giving King high praise for his work in New York. Some in New York think otherwise. Here’s a piece by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing on this blog King’s troubling record in implementing school reform program in New York. You can read some of her other word here and here and here.Read full article >>
It’s been more than four months since my sister took her own life, and I still haven’t spoken with my 12-year-old daughter about it.
The women’s college is considering adopting a formal admissions policy as it and other single-sex schools grapple with shifting notions of gender.
Jessica Bibliowicz will become chairwoman of the Cornell Weill Medical College, effective Jan. 1. Her father, Sanford I. Weill, has been chairman for two decades.