New insight into the misspending of $38 million at the University of Central Florida shows the university president was more involved in the controversy than previously thought, reports Annie Martin for the Orlando Sentinel.
ICYMI: Former UCF CFO says President Dale Whittaker, other university leaders, were involved in the decision to misspend $38 million to build Trevor Colbourn Hall. Whittaker still says he didn't know. #tellewa: https://t.co/0C3yOR5gNX
ICYMI: Former UCF CFO says President Dale Whittaker, other university leaders, were involved in the decision to misspend $38 million to build Trevor Colbourn Hall. Whittaker still says he didn't know. #tellewa: https://t.co/0C3yOR5gNX— Annie Martin (@reporterannie) January 2, 2019
For The Hechinger Report, Peggy Barmore reports from rural West Virginia, where district officials hope home visits for high schoolers will boost college attendance.
Thanks for sharing @soljourno! And thanks again to @EdWriters for the grant that made this possible and @hechingerreport for its support and elevation of solutions-based education journalism! #TheWholeStory, #tellEWA https://t.co/SPpfOBM2Yh
Thanks for sharing @soljourno! And thanks again to @EdWriters for the grant that made this possible and @hechingerreport for its support and elevation of solutions-based education journalism! #TheWholeStory, #tellEWA https://t.co/SPpfOBM2Yh— Peggy Barmore (@PeggyBarmore) January 3, 2019
To combat chronic absenteeism on this Native Indian reservation, educators ramp up expectations for students — and their families, reports The Arizona Republic’s Lily Altavena.
How a small school district on the Tohono O'odham went into overdrive to get kids to school - from patching up holes in the road themselves to making wake up calls to kids: https://t.co/Hniqdczjyl #TellEWA
How a small school district on the Tohono O'odham went into overdrive to get kids to school - from patching up holes in the road themselves to making wake up calls to kids: https://t.co/Hniqdczjyl #TellEWA— Lily Altavena (@lilyalta) December 19, 2018
Larry Gordon of EdSource profiles low-income college students who are mentoring each other through the often-challenging first year of school.
Missed warning signs. Conflicting responses. A lack of empathy. Education Week’s Benjamin Herold examines the deep rift between Parkland’s grieving community and its school district in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Houston has little to show for the millions of dollars spent to improve teacher quality, writes Jacob Carpenter for The Houston Chronicle.
Houston ISD is spending millions of dollars on incentives to recruit and retain highly-rated teachers in its highest-need schools.
The money isn’t helping at all.
The percentage of “highly effective” teachers in those classrooms is unchanged. #tellewa https://t.co/vaaC95C7yC
Houston ISD is spending millions of dollars on incentives to recruit and retain highly-rated teachers in its highest-need schools.
On a sunny Saturday in October, about 500 prospective students and their families gathered on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso for Orange and Blue Day. They met with representatives from financial aid, admissions, and various academic departments in a festival-like atmosphere spread across campus.
The university uses events like this to make college more inviting for families sending their first-ever student to college.
The University of Virginia can seem like a textbook college campus: white columns and porticos, long lawns and statues of Thomas Jefferson and Homer.
In 2017, though, UVa’s Rotunda steps were transformed into a maelstrom as white supremacists carried torches and attacked protesters. For months, the school was roiled by protests and political soul-searching.
For The New York Times, Erica Green and Katie Benner uncover the shocking truth of a private school lauded for vaulting its students to elite colleges.
The closing of a Detroit charter school earlier this year felt sudden to its students. In reality, as Chalkbeat’s Koby Levin reports, failure was practically inevitable.
Stop what you're doing and either read this now or save it for later: @levin_koby lays out to devastating effect how a Detroit charter school was set up to fail: https://t.co/w2abAMVM9u #edchat #tellewa #education
Stop what you're doing and either read this now or save it for later: @levin_koby lays out to devastating effect how a Detroit charter school was set up to fail: https://t.co/w2abAMVM9u #edchat #tellewa #education— Eric Gorski (@egorski) November 30, 2018
In rethinking school discipline policies, administrators must find a balance between holding students accountable and earning their trust, reports Matt McKinney for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
As part of our Hard Lessons series on the Woodland Hills School District, @Mmckinne17 and I looked at how the high school is handling student discipline and carving out a new role for its school resource officers. @PittsburghPG #TellEWA
As part of our Hard Lessons series on the Woodland Hills School District, @Mmckinne17 and I looked at how the high school is handling student discipline and carving out a new role for its school resource officers. @PittsburghPG #TellEWA— Elizabeth Behrman (@Ebehrman) November 26, 2018
For The New Yorker, Casey Parks profiles a woman’s long path to a college degree and explores what her journey reveals about historically black universities.
This is an incredible education story by @caseyparks. Read it for the beautiful writing, attention to detail, and revealing history. You’ll be thinking about it long after you’re done. #tellEWA (Tell everyone. Damn.) https://t.co/cYy2kZO3UV
This is an incredible education story by @caseyparks. Read it for the beautiful writing, attention to detail, and revealing history. You’ll be thinking about it long after you’re done. #tellEWA (Tell everyone. Damn.) https://t.co/cYy2kZO3UV— Cara Fitzpatrick (@Fitz_ly) November 25, 2018
In order to meet its top educational goal, Idaho will need to reinvent itself. And rethink success.
State leaders want more high school graduates to continue their education — to prepare young adults for a changing labor market, and to help Idaho compete economically. This ambitious aim runs headway into hard realities.
A Little Finland, a Little Canada, a Lot of Moxie: Why One Indianapolis Teachers College Is Betting It Can Train More Successful Educators After a Radical Reboot
On a recent Friday, Kenith Britt joined a group of Marian University faculty members who were courting a student athlete over lunch. A young African-American man with a GPA of 3.99, the prospective student wanted to study engineering, like his father.
Britt gave his standard pitch for Marian’s brand-new Klipsch Educators College, the Indianapolis program where he is dean. “You can become a teacher, or you can become a teacher,” he joked at the end. “Those are your choices.”
Educators in North Carolina are claiming victory after last week’s midterm elections loosened Republicans’ grip on the state legislature, reports T. Keung Hui of The News & Observer.
#tellewa Thousands of North Carolina teachers marched on state lawmakers in May with a warning they'd vote in November for 'pro-education candidates.' Event organizers say that chant became reality last week when the GOP lost its legislative supermajority. https://t.co/YG520uuiNb
#tellewa Thousands of North Carolina teachers marched on state lawmakers in May with a warning they'd vote in November for 'pro-education candidates.' Event organizers say that chant became reality last week when the GOP lost its legislative supermajority. https://t.co/YG520uuiNb— Keung Hui (@nckhui) November 14, 2018
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Marlon Walker examines how a massive backlog of maintenance requests is endangering students and educators.
Education reporters were busy covering midterm elections this week. For The Chronicle of Higher Education, Eric Kelderman examines the consequences of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s ouster.
With a new governor soon to take the helm in Tennessee, the Commercial Appeal’s Jennifer Pignolet explores what’s next for education.
With midterm elections just days away, Eva-Marie Ayala of The Dallas Morning News explores how teachers in Texas are channeling their anger into action.
In Wisconsin, the Appleton Post-Crescent’s Devi Shastri spends a day with an emergency-licensed teacher and examines what’s driving people away from the classroom.
Really proud to see this one published. @dtdamiani and I spent all day with Maripat Franke, an “emergency license” #teacher, to see: What is it like being a teacher who’s learning to teach?https://t.co/4iA0NLvoEV via @PostCrescent @USATODAY @CESA6
Really proud to see this one published. @dtdamiani and I spent all day with Maripat Franke, an “emergency license” #teacher, to see: What is it like being a teacher who’s learning to teach?https://t.co/4iA0NLvoEV via @PostCrescent @USATODAY @CESA6— Devi Shastri (@DeviShastri) October 24, 2018
It’s shortly after dawn when Edward Lawson, one of America’s 3.2 million public school teachers, pulls his car into the parking lot of Thomas Elementary in Racine, Wisconsin. He cuts the engine, pulls out his cell phone and calls his principal. They begin to pray.
Lawson is a full-time substitute based at a school with full-time problems: only 1 in 10 students is proficient in reading and math.
The littlest learners in Jefferson County Public Schools were suspended more than 7,600 days last year — the equivalent of 21 years — as the district’s use of its harshest punishment on elementary students skyrocketed.
JCPS is doling out suspensions at a higher rate — in one case, at roughly five times the rate — than its peer districts across the country, a Courier Journal investigation has found.
On November 8, 2016, while the rest of the world anxiously awaited the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, a subset of voters with a keen interest in education had their eyes on Massachusetts. This was the day Bay Staters would vote on Ballot Question 2, a proposal to raise the state’s cap on public charter schools by up to 12 new schools per year.
Every year, first-generation students across the country step onto college and university campuses that are different from their hometown in every way. Even for those financially and academically prepared, social and emotional challenges can influence their ability to stay and graduate.
This is the first of a four-part special report, “Far From Home.”
The mid-June clouds stark white and heavy with impending rain, Darby Dugay listened for the splatter of falling drops, noting that the foul weather might delay her basketball practice.
Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey submerged coastal Port Arthur, the rain still brings the 17-year-old’s heart rate up, especially when water overflows the long-neglected drainage ditches lining the neighborhood’s sidewalks.
Huge contributions from tech titans, a STEM-packed curriculum, gadgets everywhere: Willie Brown Middle School was supposed to set the bar. Then it opened.
They were top athletes and honor-roll students, children struggling to read and teenagers seeking guidance.
But then they became prey, among the many students raped or sexually abused during the last decade by trusted adults working in the Chicago Public Schools as district officials repeated obvious child-protection mistakes.
Their lives were upended, their futures clouded and their pain unacknowledged as a districtwide problem was kept under wraps. A Tribune analysis indicates that hundreds of students were harmed.
Education journalists from across the nation gathered here this week with a focus on diversity in their profession, recent activism by teachers, and the scourge of school violence, among other topics.
The Education Writers Association’s top award for education reporting went to John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post for a compelling three-part series on children and gun violence, which was published last June.
He thought he’d be safe backstage, out of the spotlight, away from the shadows that prowled the edges of his vision when his guard was down.
Crowds spooked him now. It was seven weeks since he had locked eyes with a black-masked gunman taking aim at him in the midst of the worst school shooting in Florida’s history. Seven weeks since he’d made the split-second decision that saved his life but left a softball-sized hole in his leg. Seven weeks since he’d seen bullets lodging in the wall around him as he ran past bodies of his classmates in a wild panic to survive.
Children Face Potential Poisoning From Lead, Mold, Asbestos in Philadelphia Schools, Investigation Shows
Every school day in Philadelphia, children are exposed to a stew of environmental hazards, both visible and invisible, that can rob them of a healthy place to learn and thrive. Too often, the district knows of the perils but downplays them to parents.
As part of its “Toxic City” series, the Inquirer and Daily News investigated the physical conditions at district-run schools. Reporters examined five years of internal maintenance logs and building records, and interviewed 120 teachers, nurses, parents, students, and experts.
When 13-year-old André Cordeiro moved from rural Portugal to Toronto, the only English words he knew were, “hi,” “bye,” and “hot dog.” Four years later, he speaks English “way better” and credits the English-learner class he attends every morning at Islington Junior Middle School.
From offering child care to building tiny homes, districts are trying out a variety of ways to recruit teachers and keep them around.
In Chicago, where funding follows students, Tilden is one of more than a dozen shrinking neighborhood high schools that has been starved of resources, leaving students like Averett to prepare for their futures in largely empty buildings that can make dreaming big a daily struggle.
“Why should we go without because of our student body?” asked Averett, who dreams of attending college and pursuing a career in law enforcement. “I feel like it’s unfair. We should get the high school treatment too. But, you know, it is what it is.”
How well are America’s public school buildings and other facilities holding up? How much is the nation spending to build and maintain them? Is it enough? And just who’s bearing the costs?
Here’s some data to fuel that discussion gleaned from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, and a 2016 joint report from the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities, and the Center for Green Schools.
In France, school can start at age 2. Is that too young?
On a chilly winter morning in a tiny pocket of Silicon Valley known as North Fair Oaks, Everest Public High School is buzzing with energy. Out front, a tall, skinny teen jumps out of a black Porsche SUV; moments later, three young women in matching black hoodies stream out of the front seat of a Toyota pickup that’s filled with trowels, buckets, and a ladder.
College students’ views on the First Amendment are important for another reason as well: Students act as de facto arbiters of free expression on campus. The Supreme Court justices are not standing by at the entrances to public university lecture halls ready to step in if First Amendment rights are curtailed. If a significant percentage of students believe that views they find offensive should be silenced, those views will in fact be silenced.
As Cuomo Proposal Rekindles Free College Movement, New Research Provides Ammunition for Skeptics
In early January, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced his intention to make a public college education tuition-free for most students in the state. The proposal has breathed life back into the free college movement, which supporters feared would lose momentum under the incoming presidential administration. Instead, momentum has simply relocated (back) to the state level. Tennessee and Oregon already have their own “free college” initiatives, and just this week, Governor Gina Raimondo proposed a version for Rhode Island.
Higher Education: 2016 Elections Wrap-Up and 2017 Federal Policy Preview
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Higher education issues took a more prominent role in the 2016 elections than any time in recent memory, college affordability and student debt levels catapulted higher education to the top of domestic policy concerns. Both major party nominees for president, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, included higher education proposals in their policy agendas, with Clinton offering the most expansive, ambitious higher education plan than any other major party candidate in decades.
Time for Action Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
States are now deeply engaged in developing plans for their federal education spending for the next several years. Decades of experience and education research indicate that states must strengthen and organize the educator workforce to implement change successfully. Now is the time to rethink systems and strategies and to focus funds and efforts on what matters most for learning: great teachers and leaders for every student and school.
Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
Systemic challenges in the educator workforce require thoughtful and bold actions, and ESSA presents a unique opportunity for states to reaffirm, modify, or improve their vision of educator effectiveness. This GTL Center discussion guide focuses on one challenge that states face as part of this work: defining ineffective teacher in the absence of highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirements.
Changes in Income-Based Gaps in Parent Activities with Young Children from 1988-2012
American Educational Research Association
Numerous studies show large differences between economically advantaged and disadvantaged parents in the quality and quantity of their engagement in young children’s development. This “parenting gap” may account for a substantial portion of the gap in children’s early cognitive skills. However, researchers know little about whether the socioeconomic gap in parenting has increased over time. The present study investigates this question, focusing on income- (and education) based gaps in parents’ engagement in cognitively stimulating activities with preschool-aged children.
Predictive analytics–using massive amounts of historical data to predict future events–is a practice that’s making it easier and faster for colleges to decide which students to enroll and how to get them to graduation. But predictive analytics can aid in discriminatory practices, make institutional practices less transparent, and make vulnerable individuals’ data privacy and security.
The moment they earn their bachelor’s degrees, black college graduates owe $7,400 more on average than their white peers ($23,400 versus $16,000, including non-borrowers in the averages). But over the next few years, the black-white debt gap more than triples to a whopping $25,000. Differences in interest accrual and graduate school borrowing lead to black graduates holding nearly $53,000 in student loan debt four years after graduation—almost twice as much as their white counterparts.
Cognitive skills—that is, math and reading skills that are measured by standardized tests—are generally understood to be of critical importance in the labor market. Most people find it intuitive and indeed unsurprising that cognitive skills, as measured by standardized tests, are important for students’ later-life outcomes. For example, earnings tend to be higher for those with higher levels of cognitive skills. What is less well understood—and is the focus of these economic facts—is that noncognitive skills are also integral to educational performance and labor-market outcomes.
This report examines the status of education in the United States by aggregating high quality research and data from numerous credible sources. Each chapter describes the context and the current state of play in each focus area — including student achievement, standards and testing; school finance, and charter schools, among others. It highlights key policy issues and trends affecting public education now and in the future.
Looking Under the Hood of Competency-Based Education
American Institutes for Research, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Competency-based education (CBE), an instructional approach that emphasizes what students learn and master rather than how much time they spend in school, is gaining popularity nationwide. CBE environments provide students with personalized learning, autonomy, flexibility, and responsibility for their own learning, which is theorized to improved learning behaviors.
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), like No Child Left Behind before it, requires states to report information on the academic achievement of students in each of their schools, both overall and for various subgroups of students. A subgroup of particular interest to policymakers and researchers is economically disadvantaged students, who, on average, score much lower on standardized tests than their higher-income peers.
Educational Exclusion: Drop Out, Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline among LGBTQ Youth provides an in-depth look at the conditions that effectively push LGBTQ youth out of school and potentially into the criminal justice system. The report provides specific, real world guidance to address the hostile school climates and damaging policies and practices that contribute to pushing LGBTQ youth out of their schools.
Match Beyond has a bodacious goal: To invent a college program that wipes out undergraduate debt and cures poverty.
Not the rarefied college designed for that by-the-bootstraps, defy-the-odds high school senior trotted out for interviews and inspirational speeches when visitors come to high-poverty schools looking for their scholarship success stories.
One of the most important and welcomed provisions of the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) is the removal of so-called adequate yearly progress – the federal mandate that came to symbolize everything that was wrong with the way No Child Left Behind defined and measured accountability. AYP imposed rigid and narrow measures for school improvement, improperly labeling many schools as low-performing and imposing punishment when they were unable to meet the unrealistic expectations for proficiency.
Construction Ahead: Are State Policies Building Bridges, Detours, or Roadblocks to College?
Far far too many students, the path between high school and higher education is littered with detours and roadblocks. … “Mapping College Ready Policies 2015-16,” a data visualization project released earlier today by New America’s Education Policy Program, analyzes individual states’ progress towards addressing these challenges to ensure all students are on a sturdy bridge on their route from high school to higher education.
Beyond Ratings: Re-envisioning State Teacher Evaluation Systems as Tools for Professional Growth
To date, most of the public narrative and pushback on new teacher evaluation systems has centered around their use for high-stakes personnel decisions such as pay, promotion, and dismissal. But these systems were always intended to promote and support improvements for all teachers—not just the superstars or laggards.
The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis evaluates the health of the charter public school movement in key states across the country. Following the first report released in October 2014, this second edition measures movement growth, innovation, and quality, while this year doubling the number of quality measures. Due to these quality additions, a total of 18 states with charter school laws met the criteria for inclusion in this year’s report.
A new review released by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a policy center within the Education Commission of the States, offers a comprehensive look at state policies for arts education identified in statute or administrative code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
State achievement standards represent how much the state expects their students to learn in order to reach various levels of academic proficiency. In the past, these achievement standards were used by each state to report adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind federal legislation, and are now being used for federal reporting under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.