- The Education Crisis No One Is Talking About
in the U.S. Only 17% of Hispanic fourth-graders score proficient or better on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a test given to samples of students each year) while 42% of non-Hispanic white students do. Nationally, the high school graduation rate for Hispanics is just 64%, and only 7% of incoming college students are Hispanic, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.
- Say It, Joel, Say It!
So in the end, does Klein call for what all his experience screams like a banshee we need, that he explains explicitly above? No! He calls for more government-controlled charter schools; a little more choice between traditional public schools; just the sort of merit pay and “accountability” he observes is constantly stymied; more reliance on technology; and, of course, national curriculum standards. But giving parents control of education dollars for private school choice? Never! Apparently, allowing actual markets — the things that “impose accountability” and inject powerful incentives “for better performance, greater efficiency” and “more innovation” — to work in education can’t even be contemplated.
- Parents want to make Hillsboro, Hunters Lane IB magnet schools
Hillsboro parents, students and alumni weeks ago made a passionate appeal to Director of Schools Jesse Register and the nine-member school board to retain Bradshaw, the school’s revered International Baccalaureate director. Under their plan, all students at Hillsboro and Hunters Lane would be geared around International Baccalaureate, an acclaimed model that supporters say fosters critical thinking and international mindedness. Enrollment would be open and not take grade-point average or standardized testing into consideration.
- GOP collective-bargaining bill passes House hurdle
A GOP-backed bill limiting teachers’ collective bargaining rights scraped through the House Finance Committee 13-12 today, with Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell providing the tie-breaking vote.Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting no and another abstained. They fear the bill will be changed on the House floor or in a conference committee to mirror the Senate version, already passed, which abolishes collective bargaining rights entirely.