EDUCATION

Local Partnerships May Ease Teacher Shortages, CAP Says

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons) A new report from the Center of American Progress takes a closer look at the teacher shortage issue occurring across the United States and offers a series of recommendations for how to better handle the situation. The report, “Educator Pipeline at Risk: Teacher Labor Markets After the Great Recession,” suggests that, as was seen in the fall of 2015, the United States is dealing with a

Holcomb Proposes to Build on Pence’s Ed Reforms in Indiana

(Photo: AP) Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, now also the Republican candidate for governor of the state, explained his education plan that continues many of the initiatives of Gov. Mike Pence and will broaden others, writes Tony Cook for USA Today. When Pence left to become Donald Trump’s running mate, Holcomb announced his plan for expanded state-funded pre-K education for children from low-income families, providing incentives to quality educators, and

Rapper Common Performs at New York Charter School Rally

(Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons) Thousands of parents, students, and educators were in attendance at a pro-charter school rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park earlier in the week, where they were treated to a performance by rapper Common. The rally, organized by the Families for Excellent Schools, was put together in an effort to push New York City to increase its public charter school sector.  The group is asking that it double in size

Question Re-Use Plagues New SAT Exam as Coleman Responds

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons) The maker of the SAT has recently announced plans to streamline the math questions used on the exams, in addition to reducing the reuse of the exams in an effort to decrease instances of cheating. David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, said that the company plans to simplify the word problems included in the new SAT’s math section.  This was decided directly after a Reuters report was released

LinkedIn Learning Debuts Over 9,000 Online Courses

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons) Popular career-focused social media site LinkedIn has released LinkedIn Learning, an online learning website devoted to teaching people new career skills and helping businesses train their employees. LinkedIn Learning, which launched on September 23, has more than 9,000 courses in subjects like programming skills, writing, and accounting. An average of 25 courses are expected to be released each week. In April of 2015, LinkedIn bought popular

Judge Orders Restroom Access for Ohio Transgender Student

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons) The Highland Local Schools in Morrow County, Ohio challenged President Obama’s transgender bathroom rule this week as a federal judge rejected the move and ordered that the male student who identifies as female be treated “like the girl she is.” According to Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press, Judge Algernon Marbley said the district did not offer a persuasive argument that the student’s access to

Remedial Education Too Common and Costly, Report Says

(Photo: Pexels, Creative Commons) A recently released report from the Center for American Progress has examined the remedial education system currently in place in the United States, calling it a “black hole” from which students are unlikely to pull themselves out of. The report, “Remedial Education: The Cost of Catching Up,” states that millions of students enroll in college each year across the country and discover that they need to take

California’s Brown Signs Bill to Increase Computer Science Education

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons) California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will implement a three-year planning process to increase computer science education across all grade levels in public schools throughout the state. Assembly Bill 2329 will require State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to put together a 23-person advisory panel by September 2017, which will be put in charge of the creation of a long-term

Maryland High School Decides on Gender Neutral Homecoming

(Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons) A Maryland high school is introducing a gender-neutral homecoming court this year to offer students the opportunity to decide for themselves whether they would prefer to be called a “king” or “queen,” regardless of their gender. Students from each grade level at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School will vote for two classmates from a selection of finalists, with the two winners being crowned at the homecoming football

Read To Be Ready Program Promotes Better Literacy Teaching in TN

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons) The Tennessee Department of Education has joined with roughly 90 districts in the state to create a network that trains teachers in the best ways to teach children literacy skills. The goal is to get more students reading on grade level, and the Read to be Ready coaching network will train and retrain to support over 200 reading coaches on how to assist teachers in efforts toward