Disadvantaged youth from poor families would benefit most from robust school choice programs that include faith-based schools, according to a meta-analysis of academic research on public and private schools.
William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton, published the results of his extensive research in a new book, School Choice: A Balanced Approach.
The most significant finding, Jeynes told The Christian Post in an Oct. 21 videophone interview (see below), is that charter schools do no better at educating students than traditional public schools. Students educated at faith-based schools, on the other hand, perform almost a full year ahead of traditional public schools and charter schools. more >>
A shooting on Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington left three dead, and one teacher has been hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during the melee.
Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire in the high school cafeteria. He shot Gia Soriano and Shaylee Chucklenaskit, as well as Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch. Zoe Galasso died at the scene, as did Jaylen, who took his own life. Soriano passed away on Sunday evening of her injuries.
One teacher, Megan Silberger, is being hailed as a hero for preventing further loss of life. more >>
WASHINGTON – An advocate of the Common Core, who had influence in the development and state adoptions of the set of state standards in 2009, said that most supporters of Common Core today would agree that the standards would be better off if the federal government had never gotten involved in incentivizing states to adopt them.
Although The Common Core began as an initiative by the The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), opponents argue the federal government is forcing its influence on state school curriculum by holding ransom a share of the $4.3 billion in "Race to the Top" education funding, which led to 45 states initially implementing all the standards. (Three states, Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina, have since pulled out, and Minnesota adopted the English, but not the math, standards.)
Chris Minnich, current executive director of CCSSO and the council's strategic initiatives director of standards assessment and accountability in 2009, told attendees of an American Enterprise Institute panel on Wednesday that most supporters of Common Core believe that the Common Core should be a state-led effort and should not have been federally incentivized. more >>
A conservative legal group has sent a letter to a California hotel arguing that their hosting of an event by an organization that advocates a complete boycott of Israel may violate state law.
The American Center for Law and Justice sent the letter on Monday to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites of Los Angeles regarding their hosting of the American Studies Association's annual meeting.
The Madison County School Board in Georgia unanimously voted Tuesday to remove two Bible verses from a monument donated to its high school football team, fearing a lawsuit from a Washington, D.C.-based secular organization.
The board made its decision after hearing from Cory Kirby, the school district's attorney, who explained that the monument's Bible verses would likely not pass a legal challenge.
"Kirby told board members, in part, that the monument presented some legal problems in connection with the 1971 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lemon v. Kurtzman. The case produced the so-called 'Lemon test,'" reported Jim Thompson of the Athens Banner-Herald. more >>
Two Ohio public schools closed Thursday morning amid fears that staff members might have come in contact with Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson who's infected with the Ebola virus. At least three Texas schools have also closed over the same fears.
The Cleveland Leader reported that parents of children at Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School received an email by Solon City School District announcing that middle school staff members might have traveled on the same airplane that Vinson took a day before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced she had been infected with Ebola.
"This circumstance came to light late in the day and we have been working since then to get as much information as possible from public health authorities," the district's email read. more >>