Who gets the money certainly is not a concern for parents. Their children are their only concern, and these children should be our concern as well, because how successful they are eventually impacts all of us. Education decisions should be based on data that measure outcomes for students, not allegiances or financial self-interest of adults.
The Mississippi Legislature met from January 6 to April 2, 2015 and considered many types of education reform during their three-month session…
It was like I was living an anti-testing blog post. My daughters were stressed and anxious about the upcoming state test. But here’s the thing: They were first graders at the time, so they didn’t even have to take the test for two more years. We live in a state where the elementary school tests don’t start until third grade and are not consequential for kids anyway (and in practice carry little consequence for the adults, either). So why were my kids freaked out?
We had a great time at last year’s National Summit! In case you missed it, below is a highlight reel of some of our favorite moments. Take a minute to watch it, and then mark your calendars for #EIE15 in Denver, Colorado October 22-23, 2015.
Course Access is on the rise in the Lone Star State. In 2013, Texas lawmakers passed HB 1926 to improve the state’s online Course Access program by expanding access to high-quality options through increased online courses, special attention to professional development, enhancement of courses and changes to the approval and review process. The law has been able to accomplish all this by tapping into the existing Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).
As legislative sessions wind down across the nation, some leaders remain focused on improving education in their states for the long haul. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is one such leader.
Ten years ago, I had a sweet brick phone. It made phone calls and even allowed texting. Through the smartphone I have today, I carry in my back pocket access to the word’s information. But with the rapid rise of the digital age and digital information comes the compounded need for state and education leaders […]
Last week, Levesque and Kevin Welner, a professor of education and the director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, exchanged viewpoints on testing.
On a brisk morning in late January, thousands of parents, students, teachers and community leaders met at a hotel in downtown Montgomery, Al. Bundled in matching yellow scarves, they began a slow march to the state capitol. Their message was simple: Alabama families want choice in education.
A few years ago, Louisiana recognized a great need to give all students access to inspiring courses and educators. In response, the state pioneered the Louisiana Course Choice Program (also known as Course Access).