CPE’s New Study: An Ongoing Dialog between Educators in Finland and U.S.

Finnish education has been a hot topic since 2003 when Finland ranked first in both science and reading, and second in mathematics in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The report, released this week by the Center for Public Education (CPE) “adds to our insights into the Finnish education system”, remarked CPE Director Patte

Apprenticeship Model—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 2)

“When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education.”     This report

It’s complicated – How the public views school choice

A desire for choices is embedded in Americans’ collective DNA. Whether we’re choosing candidates in the voting booth, movies at the neighborhood multiplex or breakfast cereal in the supermarket, we expect to have options as our entitlement. No surprise then that when asked if parents and students should have their choice of school, the public

ESSA: What LEAs must consider for local education plans

As state ESSA plans are being approved, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are gearing up to start drafting their plans for their local school districts. Section 1006 in ESSA outlines what LEAs are responsible for to meet their objectives of the approved state plan. Now, I want to break down the policy jargon and clearly explain