Tag: Charter Schools

As public schools grow more diverse, school board elections are largely determined by white voters. See more national education news here

| February 4, 2020
As public schools grow more diverse, school board elections are largely determined by white voters. See more national education news here

It’s well known that America’s teachers don’t look much like the country’s students. It turns out that the voters who elect America’s school boards don’t, either.

A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and it’s sizable. Across four states, including California, researchers estimate that school board voters are much whiter and more affluent than the public school student body.

In districts serving mostly students of color, like San Diego and San Francisco, the disparities are particularly striking, nearly 50 percentage points.

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Education alliance completes statewide tour to raise attainment. See more state education news here

| December 3, 2019
Education alliance completes statewide tour to raise attainment. See more state education news here

Achieve60AZ has reached its goal of meeting with community leaders from every county to find tangible solutions to close the achievement gap in Arizona.

The grassroots alliance, dedicated to meeting our state goal of 60 percent educational attainment among Arizona adults by the year 2030, wrapped up its year-long statewide tour on November 7, meeting with leaders in Cochise County.

“Our goal will not be reached by simply talking to people in Maricopa County,” said Achieve60AZ Executive Director Rachel Yanof. “This is a goal for the entire state, so we wanted to make sure leaders across the state were aware and all in. We know Mohave County’s problems are not the same as Pima’s or as Yavapai’s. We wanted to get people all across our great state thinking about what they and their community can do to best reach our 60 percent attainment goal.”

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Opinion: To lift children’s score and prospects, teaching must start earlier. See more national education news here

| November 26, 2019
Opinion: To lift children’s score and prospects, teaching must start earlier. See more national education news here

Many of us — teachers, parents, policymakers, business leaders — have been wringing our hands at the Oct. 30th release of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) scores —also known as “the nation’s report card.” And rightfully so.

The NAEP report reveals not only a stagnation in average reading and math scores over the past decade, but “a growing divergence in achievement between the highest and lowest achieving students.”

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Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

| November 19, 2019
Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

School resource officers across Arizona are getting new training starting next week.

The idea came from a state lawmaker who didn’t agree with Governor Doug Ducey’s plan just to add more SROs. She says the issue is training them.

Representative Alma Hernandez tweeted the governor during his state of the state address earlier this year, saying Arizona needs counselors, not cops. Hernandez believes SROs need the training to identify students in a mental health crisis or how to de-escalate a situation.

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National Reading Emergency: Educators Sound the Alarm. See more national education news here

| November 19, 2019
National Reading Emergency: Educators Sound the Alarm. See more national education news here

STUDENTS IN THE U.S. are getting worse at reading, and a dozen education and civil rights organizations sounded the alarm over what they say is a national crisis.

The clarion call comes after the reading scores dropped among fourth-graders in 17 states and eighth-graders in 31 states at the same time that the achievement gap between the highest-performers and the lowest-performers grew.

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Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor. See more state education news here

| November 12, 2019
Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor. See more state education news here

The activists behind last year’s Invest in Education Act are considering a comeback – they’re eyeing a sales tax hike, an idea they have routinely rejected in the past as regressive and detrimental to the poor.

After seeing their proposal thrown off the ballot last year, they’re making other major changes aimed at garnering broader support, maybe even from foes.

Several education groups familiar with the plan said the coalition shifted its focus to a hybrid of income and sales tax increases that would raise roughly $1.2 billion annually. Of that amount, $500 million would come from raising the state sales tax by four-tenths of a penny, bringing the sales tax dedicated to education to a full cent.

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Charter School and Public School Students Have Same Academic Performance, Report Finds. See more national education news here

| October 1, 2019
Charter School and Public School Students Have Same Academic Performance, Report Finds. See more national education news here

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) finds that charter school and public school students have the same academic performance in testing conducted at the fourth- and eighth-grade level.

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Support grows nationwide for paying teachers more. See more national education news here

| August 27, 2019
Support grows nationwide for paying teachers more. See more national education news here

Most Americans believe that K-12 schools deserve more money, the federal government should chip in a bigger share of education costs and a college education — especially at community colleges — should be tuition-free, according a nationwide education poll released (Aug. 20)

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Schools welcome back staff with rallies, learning opportunities. See more state education news here

| July 30, 2019
Schools welcome back staff with rallies, learning opportunities. See more state education news here

Fifth in a series on what teachers do during the summer: As the first day of school approaches, many districts welcome back teachers, staff and students with rallies, convocations setting the tone for the next school year and learning opportunities for all employees.

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Many high school students don’t understand how the college financial aid process works. See more national education news here

| July 9, 2019
Many high school students don’t understand how the college financial aid process works. See more national education news here

Students’ knowledge of the financial aid process is “shockingly low.”

That’s the takeaway from a new study by ACT, which in April 2018 surveyed about 1,200 high school students who were registered to take the standardized test.

Regardless of economic background, most families pointed to price as a very important consideration in choosing a college. Yet most students don’t understand the basic workings of financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, work study and loans.

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