• School Choice Now: Candidate Training Schools: Sign Up! Make a Difference!
    Georgia Campaign Training School Friday, April 20, 2012 Hilton Garden Inn—Atlanta Downtown 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. RSVP at www.VictoryforChildren.org
  • Parents cry foul over school closings
    The unified Shelby County School Board is expected Tuesday to close three underused city elementary schools, saving taxpayers $20 million over 10 years. The schools — Lakeview, Graceland and Georgia Avenue elementaries — are in parts of town where population is in decline.
  • Tracy wrong to cut open debate on eval records
    State Sen. Jim Tracy apparently pulled off a legislative sleight of hand last week when he sponsored a bill closing public access to teacher evaluation data. The measure passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee with a 7-0 vote, but it never received a thorough public debate because Tracy used a caption-bill mechanism to move the measure to the Senate floor.
  • Graduation rates rise
    THE NATION’S high school graduation rate rose from 72 percent to 75.5 percent between 2002 and 2009. The progress reflects intensive efforts by a number of states to develop and implement strategies to keep students from dropping out. The number of students who leave school without a diploma is still far too high; that’s all the more reason to spotlight the success of a dozen states — led by New York and Tennessee — in making dramatic gains in graduation rates by implementing such programs as early identification of struggling students.
  • Cheating our children: Our analysis identified districts nationwide with clusters of suspicious score changes
    After The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s analysis of test scores led to the state investigation and 2011 findings of widespread cheating in Atlanta schools, a national testing expert suggested we could do the same thing on a nationwide scale. Our analysis identified districts nationwide with clusters of suspicious score changes. So our team visited schools and parents in a half-dozen urban districts on that list, while we presented our findings by phone and email to officials in problematic districts for response. The AJC will present a live Facebook video chat featuring the reporters for this story. Join us at 11 a.m. Tuesday at ajc.com/go/getschooled. You must log into Facebook to participate.
  • Parents: The Missing Engine Behind School Reform
    The consensus was clear: improving schools is a civil rights issue but will become a movement only when parents are fully involved — and a movement in which media must play a more compelling role. Conducted in seven languages, the poll found parents overwhelmingly satisfied with the quality of their children’s education and with high aspirations that their children would not only attend college but pursue advanced degrees. However, the data show that six of the eight states surveyed are in the bottom half of math scores when compared to other states within the United States; seven are in the bottom half in reading. “How is it possible…”
  • Democrats and Teacher Tenure
    Do you have life tenure in your job? Unless you are one of the above-mentioned professors, a federal judge, or a public-school teacher, the answer is almost certainly no. So why do teachers have it? Whose interests does it serve other than the teachers’? It permits sloth and incompetence. Can you keep your job without reference to how well you perform it? Tenure insulates teachers from accountability. The unions really put one over on the public. Is it hopeless?
  • How Much Education Spending Is Enough?
    It’s easy to get confused these days, what with billions of dollars of spending at the national, state, and local levels. How much do we actually spend, and what do we get for it?
  • Speaking of Spending . . . How Much Is Enough in New Hampshire?
    Speaking of calls for yet more education spending: In New Hampshire, as in every state where school choice comes up, defenders of the status-quo are claiming that it will hurt “underfunded” public schools and that they need more money. Let’s look at the reality of government school spending in New Hampshire:

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