One of the things that college teachers do during the apparently luxurious lull between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring is to think about what to do differently when the new faces show up in their classrooms in January. Read More
For years — even decades — the political equation on California public education has been engraved in stone.
Democrats lined up with the California Teachers Association and other elements of the education establishment to contend that spending more money would be the pathway to improving test scores, dropout rates and other indices of educational attainment. Read More
Teacher quality has risen to the top of the education agenda. Plans to evaluate teachers based on student performance and offer merit pay for teachers have gained attention, and been adopted in Washington, D.C., public schools.These plans are a useful start. But while they are routinely attacked by teachers unions as radical, they do not go nearly far enough. Read More
This new video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, is mandatory viewing, as always. In this installment, he singles out a school administrator who went to some lengths to avoid the new $175,000 salary cap. Read More
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A proposed federal rule change barreling toward U.S. Department of Education approval could make all of higher education—private and public colleges alike—the newest prize in the Obama administration’s trophy case of federal takeovers.
And the deal could be done by the first of November, just ahead of the midterm elections. Read More
I arrived so early to the newly released and highly touted documentary “Waiting for Superman” the ushers asked me to wait outside the theater so they could clean up from the previous show. Read More
Spearmint gum is an impulse purchase, but what about a cute little creature for the kids? Animal officials say no, and now you may be required to take a class on it first.
A crash course pet owners would have to sit through before buying small critters — hamsters, rats, etc. — is an option The City’s animal commission will consider as a second attempt to minimize the hundreds of small animals that are euthanized every year. Read More
Inside a darkened classroom at Woodside High School, 18-year-old senior Sarita Barragan has her headphones on and her attention locked on the glowing screen of the brand new Apple iMac in front of her.
She silently navigates a digital music program, adding beats and a melody to create a Latin song that she says reflects her Mexican heritage. Read More
IOZ snarks at the education worry-warts: Read More