Articles tagged with Obama administration

Financial capability challenge kicks off this week

Stay tuned for a deeper look into financial literacy and how this critical 21st century skill is being taught or not in an upcoming ASBJ issue. Until then, test your high school students knowledge of financial smarts through the Obama Administration’s National Financial Capability Challenge, an online exam, which kicked off this week and runs through April 8.

Naomi Dillon|March 9th, 2011|Categories: Governance, Student Achievement, Policy Formation, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |

Failing R.I. high school backing away from axing its entire staff

stockvault_7682_20070524We’ve spent a lot of cyber-pages here at the Leading Source debating the impact of good and bad teachers, layoffs, and getting rid of ineffective teachers and school leaders. Of course, one of the most recent episodes that piqued our interest was the mass firing of all teachers and staff at the troubled Central Falls High School in Rhode Island.

The case gained national attention after President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and many others praised the move, although some of us here questioned whether removing all the teachers was the best strategy—given that a complete upheaval would undoubtedly remove some good teachers who had ties to the transitional and predominantly immigrant community.

And while dozens of people from across the country had applied to replace those teachers, we questioned whether outsiders would stay long enough to get the school back on track. I’m sure there were many, many other conversations about this move and what it foreshadowed for the future of education.

Well, nevermind. This weekend we learned that all the Central Falls High teachers will keep their jobs, after a deal with the local teacher’s union.

Naomi Dillon|May 17th, 2010|Categories: Governance, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , , |

Year one, Obama; Year seven, NCLB— where, when will the two meet?

1209_ASBJ_ndLast Tuesday I wrote about ASBJ‘s December forum, which features seven education experts commenting on the Obama Administration’s ambitious agenda for the public schools.

It’s titled “Year One,” for obvious reasons, and perhaps by the time we get to “Year Four,” or possibly, “Year Eight,” we’ll have a better idea of whether those policies were successful.

I also want to point you to a sidebar (at the end of the main forum) that examines, among other things, No Child Left Behind. Somehow “Year Seven” doesn’t sound as dramatic as “Year One,” but the fact is that the Bush administration’s seven-year-old initiative, while still a work in progress, is having a big impact on policy at the state and district level.

What do our pundits think of the law? Well, we quote several, including a pragmatic Eric Hanushek, of the Hoover Institution, who offers four ways to improve it; and a downright pessimistic Diane Ravitch, of New York University. Here’s what she has to say:

“When President [Obama] ran for office, he promised ‘change,’ and I assumed that he would change the punitive nature of NCLB. Since he assumed office, little has been said about the future of NCLB. At some point, the Obama administration will have to draft its plan for reauthorization. I hope that they will do so with the intent of supporting and helping struggling schools instead of punishing and closing them. However, given the administration’s rhetoric about closing 5,000 low-performing schools, I am not encouraged about their willingness to abandon the tough-guy stance.

Naomi Dillon|December 1st, 2009|Categories: Policy Formation, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , |
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