More than half of Chicago's 675 Public Schools are on probation for chronically low student performance.
Frequent readers of this blog know that Eduflack can best be described as a pessimist. My pop icon hero is Eeyore. And as I've often said, it isn't even a glass half full/empty issue for me, I want to know who stole my damned water.But sometimes even I can be moved by true positivity and commitment. And today is just one of those sorts of moments. This morning, I had the honor of attending the dedication of the new Amistad Academy facility in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded Read more here
There is no question we are asking our states, school districts, and schools to do far more with fewer resources. The boom years for public education are over, perhaps best emphasized by the end of the multi-billion-dollar Reading First program years ago. The economic downturn of 2008 and 2009, now coupled with the end of ARRA money for the states means school districts are already pinching the skinniest of pennies.Regardless of whether I am wearing my ed reformer hat, my school board Read more here
For the past four and a half years, Eduflack has written about education reform. What is working. What is not. How successful are we communicating our efforts to improve our public schools. For the most part, I've done so from the cheap seats, observing from the sidelines, watching through the eyes of an observer, a consultant, or an advisor.This morning, ConnCAN (the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now) formally announced me as its new CEO. This is a tremendously Read more here
We regularly hear about what a noble profession education is. We all can tell stories of those teachers who inspired us and those educators who placed us on the the paths of success. We talk about how education is a top three policy issue, with voters making decisions based on education policy.And then some new data comes out to throw that conventional thinking off kilter. Two weeks ago, the latest Gallup/PDK Poll reported that only 17 percent of Americans give our public schools Read more here
Diane Ravitch No Child Left Behind is the worst piece of education legislation ever passed by Congress. Secretary Duncan said recently that the law will cause more than 80% of all of our nation's public schools to be labeled failures this year. By 2014--the law's target date--nearly 100% of American public schools will be stigmatized as failing. Is there any other national legislative body in the world that has ever passed a law that caused almost every one of its schools to be labeled Read more here