During the 2015 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers faced the difficult task of continuing meaningful education reforms, while balancing a projected $1.6 billion budget deficit.
My entire professional career has been in education (except for my first job out of graduate school, complete with a Masters in History, working in a men’s clothing store.) From teaching, to working for a Governor, to working for a non-profit education reform “do” tank, I have tried to be the ball. It has never been easy. This August, I will return to the classroom to teach 7th and 8th grade American History and Civics.
While observing the evolution of the MOOC conversation, The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) was interested in experimenting with how we might use this new model to solve challenges consistently observed in the education policy arena.
When Florida adopted its K-3 reading policy in 2002, I was the principal of Lake Alfred Elementary in Polk County Florida. Our school had a diverse, economically challenged student population.
Last week, the ExcelinEd introduced WhyProficiencyMatters.com, a research-based tool to help parents understand what proficiency means in their state, how it impacts their children and how they can engage states to raise their proficiency expectations. Today, we’re sharing highlights from the buzz around #ProficiencyMatters…
During the 2015 legislative session, Arizona passed a significant education reform expansion to improve access to a great education for more students in the Grand Canyon state.
Proficiency matters. When states set low expectations for proficiency, they lead parents and teachers to believe students are performing better than they actually are. The results of this are disastrous for students.
“If you have a health challenge but you’re still a college-bound student, there are no options for you in our district,” Robbins said. “You are just on your own.”
While the way schools are financed varies from state to state, the idea of school finance reform is always daunting because each of the many critical elements of school financing is fraught with political landmines. Simple conversations on school finance can quickly spiral into fierce debates over per pupil funding, revenue sources and tax reform.
The Arkansas 2015 Legislative Session marked a turning point for student-centered reforms, with the General Assembly passing significant education policies to better serve students and families. Chief amongst those policies, the Legislature enacted reforms to give students greater choice in education.