Tag: The Washington Post

Here’s what’s missing in music education: Cultural and social relevance. See more national education news here

| July 23, 2019
Here’s what’s missing in music education: Cultural and social relevance. See more national education news here

Lee Whitmore is executive director of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, a nonprofit collective dedicated to expanding music education in elementary and secondary schools.

A former music teacher who says he was trained in “the traditional American way,” Whitmore explains in this post what he thinks is missing from too many music education programs in U.S. schools: social and cultural relevance.

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In Arizona, all children can potentially access public dollars for private education. Please see related stories

| April 11, 2017
In Arizona, all children can potentially access public dollars for private education. Please see related stories

All students in Arizona will potentially be able to access public dollars for private education under a bill that Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed into law Thursday, creating one of the nation’s most expansive school-choice programs.

Advocates for vouchers and other alternatives to public schools, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, hailed the measure for extending choice to more families.

Critics said it would weaken Arizona’s public schools by siphoning away students and needed funds, and would be more likely to subsidize affluent families’ private-school tuition than to help poor children access new opportunities.

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Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings

| April 20, 2016
Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings

High schools in the Southwest dominate the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the country’s best high schools, taking six of the top 10 spots in the rankings released Tuesday.

Texas and Arizona high schools earned the top four rankings, and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology a Fairfax County, Va. magnet school, was in the fifth spot nationally.

The news magazine collected data on more than 21,500 schools for the report, which for the first time included graduation rates as a factor in the rankings.

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Home Visiting Linked to Lower School Truancy and Better Reading Outcomes

| October 9, 2015
Home Visiting Linked to Lower School Truancy and Better Reading Outcomes

Students whose teachers visited them at home to build relationships with their families were less likely to miss school, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers also found that students who took part in a home visiting program were more likely to read at their grade level and that their teachers received higher marks on some parts of their teacher evaluations…

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Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

| June 24, 2015
Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

By Sara Guaglione • www.ischoolguide.com “Arizona is facing a crisis in education right now,” said Kristie Martorelli, the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, according to the Arizona Education News Service. A 2015 report by the Arizona Department of Education explains why, and how the state can work on recruiting and retaining new teachers. […]

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Are Kids Getting More Virtuous?

| December 10, 2014
Are Kids Getting More Virtuous?

Are Kids Getting More Virtuous? The news media likes to characterize today’s young people as risk averse, narcissistic, app-dependent, over-scheduled, entitled and “pornified.” Among the culprits are too much praise, not enough challenge, helicopter parents, cellphones and of course, the Internet. But by many measures, young people are actually showing virtues their elders lacked. They have brought delinquency, […]

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