March 6, 2014
Lately several new books have sought to examine the truth about public schools in the U.S. Now a couple of well-known authors have published a book examining 50 myths and lies about public education. The subtitle is “The Real Crisis in Education.”
Read more about the book here.
February 28, 2014
Increasing funding for public schools tops the list of most effective changes Texas could make in public education, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The second most effective change, according to respondents to the Poll, would be reducing the number of standardized tests students must take.
See the article here.
February 26, 2014
Recently there have been numerous articles about the privatization of public schools. Find one article here.
February 25, 2014
A new Pew Research Center report on higher education contains a number of findings about the rising value of a college degree (as well as the rising cost of not going to college).
February 14, 2014
According to TEA, the number of Texas graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement Program exam has more than doubled during the past decade.
Also, the number of low-income graduates taking at least one AP Exam has more than quadrupled, and the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates taking AP has nearly tripled over the last ten years.
See the TEA release here.
February 11, 2014
This week was National School Choice Week, during which organizers were promoting school choice at 14 locations across the nation. Patte Barth of the Center for Public Education questions whether choice is an educational revolution or just a diversion. Her article appeared in the Huffington Post.
See also this document from the National School Board Association touting the choice of traditional public schools.
January 31, 2014
This month is School Board Recognition Month in Texas, when communities pause to say thank-you to the locally elected school board members who work tirelessly on behalf of students. Many do not realize that school board members are volunteers, who after election receive no salary for their community service.
Anne Foster, former Richardson ISD board member and current executive director of the national organization Parents for Public Schools, wrote this article for the Dallas Morning News:
Anatomy of a successful school board
January 30, 2014
This week Diane Ravitch refuted the StudentsFirst second state by state report card. See her post here.
January 15, 2014
A new book by demographer Steve Murdock is highlighted in an editorial in the El Paso Times this week. The editorial states:
The Texas school population has exploded over the past decade, with the state adding a million more students since 2000. In that period, the number of low-income students in Texas schools had also grown by more than a million. That means that the entire growth of Texas school population has been in low-income students.
Why is that important? Because research clearly shows that teaching children from low-income families adds additional challenges to schools and is, yes, more expensive.
Texas historically has shown an unwillingness to spend additional money on education, even in the face of Murdock’s warnings. This isn’t to suggest that throwing money at education is, by itself, an answer. The money has to be wisely invested, with a well-defined strategy.
Read the full editorial here.
January 13, 2014