The Michigan Department of Education does not have an exact cost for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, but education officials are limited in what actions they can take under the budget provision blocking funding for the standards.
California public schools serving poor children have better facilities, more textbooks and more appropriately qualified teachers than they did seven years ago, according to a study released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union.
It’s a place not that different from hundreds of small towns across Missouri and thousands more across America, where public schools are more than just centers of their communities. They represent hope for the future, the key to grasping the next rung on the economic ladder — and the promise of a better life for our kids.
They compete for students, space and funds. But there’s hope that Florida’s charter schools and traditional public schools can move past the friction that defines their coexistence and collaborate to better benefit students.
NewSchools Venture Fund’s Boston Charter School Replication Fund announced its investment of $1.6 million in three charter management organizations. These ventures will improve the quality of education to underserved K12 students.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams approved an Arizona-based charter school's application to operate a network of five charter schools in San Antonio. Carpe Diem Schools, which has campuses in Yuma, Ariz., and in the Midwest, wants to establish five San Antonio locations, each accommodating about 300 students in grades six through 12.
During the past 4-1/2 years, and on my recent bus tour of the Southwest, I saw great principals and teachers; courageous leaders from the business, faith, and nonprofit sectors; engaged parents; and communities pulling together to serve students.
Of 12 charter school groups that interviewed with state education officials, seven applicants were rejected and another — High Point Academy of Fort Worth — pulled itself from consideration after learning that parts of its application were not original work.
Florida’s new ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday, tagging violators with a $30 first-offense fine. And while texting while behind the wheel has become ubiquitious, some of the worst offenders tend to be new drivers, which is where the educational efforts about the new law are being concentrated.
Thanks to an effort to expand the school day, students at a number of schools have seen their daily schedules stretch to eight hours, with extra time built in for academics along with enrichment activities such as kickboxing and dancing.