public schools

  • commoncore
    December 25, 2014  

    In 2008, a set of academic standards for U.S. public schools called the Common Core was created for states to voluntarily implement. Intended to raise the bar for American students and teachers, many states that originally signed on are now rewriting the standards or opting out altogether. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports. Continue reading

  • phillyschool4
    December 2, 2014  

    Can schools that enroll students of all skill levels use the same methods as more academically selective programs? In the second half of our report on Philadelphia’s public schools, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the city’s U School, a neighborhood school that’s copying the project-based learning curriculum of some of the city’s more exclusive charter schools. Continue reading

  • afterthebell
    December 1, 2014  

    Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming traditional schools. Continue reading

  • teacherled
    August 18, 2014  

    In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led schools that have cropped up around the country in recent years. Continue reading

  • A new Pew Research Center poll finds liberals and conservatives disagree on where to live, how big their house should be and whether walking to stores and restaurants is important.  Photo by Flickr user Chris Dlugosz
    June 12, 2014   BY Domenico Montanaro 

    Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much when it comes to politics. But it runs even deeper than that, a new Pew Research Center poll finds. The most polarized on the right and left disagree on where to live, who … Continue reading

  • tenure
    June 10, 2014  

    A California judge ruled that the state’s tenure protections for public school teachers are unconstitutional. Students who sued the state argued that the tenure policies denied their right to a quality education. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, and Russlynn Ali, former assistant secretary to the Department of Education. Continue reading

  • charterschools
    April 24, 2014  

    Charter school enrollment has soared from about 300,000 a little more than a decade ago to nearly 2 million students nationwide. But the expansion of charter schools, whose public funding is supplemented with private donations, has created serious competition for limited resources and space. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on the ongoing battle in New York. Continue reading

  • April 18, 2014   BY Kyla Calvert 

    About 150 Michigan students, parents and educators plan to take the 90-mile trip from Detroit to the state’s capital in Lansing Monday through Wednesday to protest schools’ zero-tolerance discipline policies. That may not seem like much of an undertaking – but they’re making the trek on foot. Continue reading

  • Photo by Eric E. Castro/Flickr

    WASHINGTON — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report … Continue reading

  • Although 17 percent of U.S. public schools had major repairs for the 2012-13 school year, a new survey released Thursday found that more than half of the country's schools need renovation work. Photo by Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker
    March 6, 2014   BY Alexis Cox 

    More than half of the nation’s public school facilities are in desperate need of repairs or modernization, according to a new survey released Thursday.

    On average, school building were at least 44 years old and the renovations would cost roughly $197 billion to improve those schools, researchers from the National Center for Education Statistics said. Continue reading

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