(Reason Magazine) While online education offers some great opportunities for kids, the traditional monopolies across the states are fighting to limit its growth.
Across the country, many cash-strapped districts fretting over likely layoffs are eyeing seniority rules as they hammer out new contracts. To the surprise of some district superintendents, contract negotiations are not likely to offer much relief. In fact, when it comes to seniority rules, and many other core aspects of teachers’ employment, the contract is not the problem. State law is.
A common claim by Michigan’s public school establishment and its political allies is that, despite spending $20 billion annually on education, our schools are “underfunded.”
(National Center for Policy Analysis) The sudden increase in property values and demand for housing in San Antonio’s Edgewood indicates the desire of parents to move into the district’s boundaries in order to qualify their child for the voucher program.
(AlaskaWatchdog.org) Facing rising costs and limited room for expansion, Alaska charter schools may soon be a thing of the past.
A state education association has asked a federal court to decide whether South Carolina freedom of information laws violate the group’s First Amendment rights.
A $23 billion education stimulus under consideration would save 250,000 teaching jobs, something the original ARRA should have done. Instead the funding was used to create more non-teaching positions.
ASD is getting ready to spend $300 million on West Romig renewal. But how will it affect student achievement?
On June 14th at 6:30, the Anchorage School Board will consider approving a master plan to rebuild West High School and Romig Middle School into a community center school.
(National Journal) Leaders of online education gathered to discuss the role that virtual learning must play in our nation’s future, saying brick-and-mortar classrooms won’t become obsolete but will be complemented by blended and virtual learning models.
No one disagrees that charter schools should be held accountable for their results. But, do charter schools have the flexibility to adapt and change to fit the individual needs of a child?
By David Boyle
On May 24, the Anchorage School District will consider the tentative teachers (AEA) contract for approval. The health insurance alone will cost $166,968,000 for the three year period. The process needs to allow the public more time to read the contract and offer their comments.
The Ohio Senate approved a bill that mandates a 30 minute exercise period in schools, among other nutritional requirements. Ohio, with one in three children obese, aims to monitor and control each student’s body weight.
(National Center for Policy Analysis) The University of Texas-San Antonio studied the effects of the voucher program in the Edgewood school district. The Texas Education Agency uses student performance on standardized tests to […]
(Education Next) With roughly 30 percent of American students dropping out before receiving a diploma—a rate that has been stable for several decades—assessing existing alternatives to the traditional high school is an urgent […]
Alaska Policy Forum Research Fellow Bob Griffin presented before a budget working group for the Municipality of Anchorage on ways the Anchorage School District can improve its performance.