Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that makes all children living on Indian reservations qualified for private school vouchers.
The conviction of 11 former educators on state racketeering charges that could land them behind bars has ignited debate about whether the punishment fits the crime.
For a change of pace, here’s a list of “awesome” apps for teachers from Scholastic Instructor magazine offering activities for a wide range of subjects. These were chosen through crowdsourcing on Scholastic’s Facebook page for teachers as well as with help from the magazine’s teacher advisers and education bloggers. They were published in a recent edition of the magazine,, and I am republishing them with permission.Read full article >>
(Clarification: About 5 percent of public school students attend public charter schools. The word ‘charter’ was missing in an earlier version.)Charter schools can be confusing. Funded by the public, some people mistake them for private schools because of the way they are funded and operate. That’s what happened recently to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, the head of the Senate education committee, who appeared at a Brookings Institution event and asked at one point in the discussion, “There are some private charter schools, are there not?” asked Alexander. Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, then the director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, replied, “Charter schools, I guess as we define it, are public schools that operate under charters from the state rather than private, so they’re subject to the same tests.”Read full article >>
How many times have you seen smart people completely ignore compelling evidence that contradicts a deeply held thought or belief? In this post, educator and author Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) looks at how this dynamic affects the debate about how teachers and parents discpline children. Kohn is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”] This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on his website.Read full article >>
About 70 high school seniors from the District, Maryland and Virginia have won prestigious National Achievement scholarships, awards worth $2,500 each.Black students from across the country were invited to compete for the scholarships by scoring well on the PSAT, which many students take during their junior year of high school. Finalists were then evaluated on their SAT scores, grades, teacher recommendations and an essay.Read full article >>
The national Phi Kappa Psi fraternal organization Tuesday excoriated Rolling Stone magazine and offered support for plans by the fraternity’s chapter at the University of Virginia to sue the magazine for a story that portrayed members as sexual predators.Read full article >>
Black and Hispanic teaching candidates have been passing an exam at lower rates than white applicants, prompting concerns of decreased diversity among teachers.