The 2012-13 school year is right around the corner, and on Monday, 54,200 public-school students and 8,189 staff members will fill 131 child development centers and elementary, middle and high schools throughout our beautiful city. Read More
The city of Santa Clara is discovering what happens when a bedroom community of 120,000 people makes a deal with a corporation valued at just shy of $1 billion. Read More
I was a homeowner in San Francisco since 1990 and raised my teenage son outside the public school system. I felt it was untenable to ask an 8-year-old boy to ride a bus across town in the interest of a social experiment. What happened to the old days where kids could walk to school, have friends from the neighborhood in that school and participate in after-school activities without requiring the working parent to provide shuttle service — in some cases 45 minutes away? Read More
Add Idaho to the list of states moving to end the free lunch fun of public employee unions. On the same day Wisconsin ended many collective bargaining rights of government workers there, Idaho officials moved to limit the process and phase out tenure for unionized teachers.
The measure is part of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's plan to reform the K-12 education system in Idaho, according to Fox News. Read More
In the never-ending yammer about how to improve public schools, two of the more controversial ideas, because they most concern parents, are class size and time spent there. Florida legislators seemed to think they had a solution to the first when they passed a law mandating classroom-size limitations. Read More
While the courts continue to debate the legality of same-sex marriage, the battle over gay civil rights is moving into another arena: the classroom. Read More
Speaking a couple years ago about technology and education, Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs said technology wouldn’t matter as long as you can’t fire teachers.
“I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way,” he said.
Jobs likened schools to running a small business, which he said could never succeed if you can’t hire and fire. Read More
It ought to shame a nation to let generation after generation after of its children grow up without learning to read, do essential math, and know the most important highlights of their country's history. Read More
Fairfax County officials are about to run head-on into the same public sector pension funding crisis that is spreading across the entire country, as detailed by the Pew Center on the States' recent report about the "trillion-dollar funding gap." Read More
Recent evidence confirms what advocates and parents have long known to be true: Charter schools work. Free of collective bargaining agreements and other restrictions imposed on traditional public schools, charters deliver outsize academic benefits to those students who are lucky enough to attend them. Read More