• Understanding Public Charter Schools
    Charter schools are public schools that operate with more flexibility than traditional district schools. Yet, many people mistakenly refer to them as “private,” or say they simply don’t understand what category they fall into. We wanted to answer some of the common questions we have received about charter schools. So, we turned to James Merriman, chief executive officer of the New York City Charter School Center for some answers.
  • Study Helps Pinpoint Math Disability
    Just because someone is having difficulty with math doesn’t necessarily mean they have a math learning disability. This study points to a core marker” of true dyscalculia. Math-learning disability affects about 5 percent to 8 percent of school-age children nationwide, about as many people nationwide as are affected by dyslexia.
  • ‘First to the Top’ Teacher Eval System Approved
    The Tennessee Board of Education has approved the much-discussed teacher evaluation process, a step that provides a yardstick for measuring teacher performance…The teacher evaluation requirement itself is not the current Legislature’s or the governor’s idea. It is the law, part of the the state’s First to the Top Act, a product of the overhaul in education that landed the state $501 million in the Race to the Top competition in 2010. Beginning with the 2011-12 school year, every certified educator will be formally evaluated on an annual basis.
  • High school gets teen off the street and into college
    There was a time not too long ago when 19-year-old Derontae Mason slept in homeless shelters and school playgrounds.
    Now Mason is heading to college with his sights set on becoming a pediatrician, thanks to the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Maryland, a Catholic college prep school for low-income teens. Students must work at one of the school’s designated job partners. The students are paid when the employer makes a financial contribution to the school. So, as it turns out, the students are working their way through school.
  • Tutors gain ground as curriculum gets tougher
    “The question parents really need to ask is, ‘Is my child’s reading or math performance improving, and how do I know it?’ ” Fuchs said. “Anyone or any group that goes into tutoring needs to provide their client with data.” Students in consistently low-performing schools qualify for government-paid tutoring under the No Child Left Behind law, and some of those get it through Sylvan or other tutoring enterprises Metro contracts.
  • Let us choose good schools
    In standard school districts, children are enrolled in a school based on their home address. Getting out of that school requires their family to move to another district, make enough money to send them to a private school or alternative public school (if allowed), or have enough free time and ability to homeschool them. Poor families are severely limited, if not hopeless, on all three counts.

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