• Minority men falling behind academically, study finds
    The reports cull census data, academic research and in-depth interviews to paint a bleak picture of the educational experiences of young men across four racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Latinos and Native Americans.
  • Self-Esteem may boost academic achievement among minorities
    The researchers responsible for this study are not claiming that they have found a sure-fire way to fixing the problem of 17-year-old black and Latino students whose average reading and math skills are comparable to 13-year-old white students’.  However, their on-going experiments examining the relationship between self-esteem and achievement allegedly keep bringing back similar results.  They insist that success in school doesn’t necessarily result from ceaselessly drilling students to prep them for achievement tests.
  • Budget Cuts in the Classroom: What’s on the School Chopping Block?
    Unfortunately school districts and states are more tight-fisted about sharing information than they are about spending money. And too often budget cuts are based more on what’s easiest for the adults in charge of the schools rather than the kids in them. So here are 5 things parents should know — or ask — about the spending decisions and how they will impact schools next fall.
  • Newest charter off to fast start
    After fighting for the Hamilton County school board’s approval for more than a year, officials with Chattanooga’s newest charter school are working hard to recruit students. Griffin told her boys and girls would be in separate classrooms to encourage learning, and parents or guardians would be required to volunteer at least 20 hours each academic year. School officials promised that the liberal arts curriculum would be focused on teaching students material, instead of teaching to tests. Each student would get a backpack full of school supplies and students would be taken on college visits every year, Porter said. Most charter schools don’t offer transportation, but Griffin told Porter that the school would transport students who live more than 2 miles away.
  • Memphis City Council attorneys want Kriner Cash, Martavius Jones to testify
    Memphis City Council attorneys want a federal judge to compel Memphis City Schools Supt. Kriner Cash and board president Martavius Jones to face questions Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Hardy Mays Jr. is hearing the lawsuit over the schools’ consolidation. Memphis and the county commission argue that a countywide school board should manage the merger.
  • Chicago School Uses Data to Fight Problems
    Data collection and analysis aren’t new to public education; Houston’s district was an early proponent and judged it a success. But few districts have embraced them to manage student and staff performance the way Chicago has.
  • Number of the Week: U.S. Teachers’ Hours Among World’s Longest
    Among 27 member nations tracked by the OECD, U.S. primary-school educators spent 1,097 hours a year teaching despite only spending 36 weeks a year in the classroom — among the lowest among the countries tracked. That was more than 100 hours more than New Zealand, in second place at 985 hours, despite students in that country going to school for 39 weeks. The OECD average is 786 hours.
  • New academic calendar for public schools would come with a cost
    Register…has recommended consideration of a 2012-2013 calendar that would start school on July 25 and feature two two-week breaks in the spring and fall, set aside as “intercession” options for the remediation and enrichment of students. By carving out 10 days for teacher training, he said the calendar would add two more weeks to the workload of teachers, paid accordingly, while increasing instructional learning from 174 to 180 days. But Register’s final recommendation and the board’s decisive action — on pace for as early as next month — will likely depend on landing the necessary $20 million in next year’s budget
  • Battle-weary teachers agree out-of-control middle school should close
    The Department of Education has tried twice since last year to shut MS 344, the city’s worst-performing middle school. MS 344 has made the state’s list of “persistently dangerous” schools, and just two of 88 eighth-graders last year passed the state math or reading exams. But the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP went to court to block the closure and 21 others, arguing the DOE did nothing to fix the ailing schools.
  • Resurrect DC Choice, Bury the Lede
    A Washington Post story from a couple of days ago touts survey results showing a majority of DC parents — 53 percent — finally giving the DC public schools a decent grade. That is, to be fair, a big story. But it certainly isn’t the most overwhelming finding in the survey. That you find mentioned deep in the article:

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