After a conversation with CPE’s senior policy analyst Jim Hull last week in which Jim helped explain to issues of accountability, the conversation segued onto the topic of school principals and the powerful role they play in public education. Apparently, Jim is not the only one who believes that principals are key players in student success.
It’s September and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for competing polls about what Americans think about public education. True to form, with all the asking — and in some cases, prodding — anyone can sift through the results and find support for their own agendas. Like charter schools? We’ve got that covered.
The staff (that’s a total of three) at the Center for Public Education are taking a much deserved break to spend time with friends and family and hope you do the same. We know it will be tough, but the Edifier will be on hiatus for the rest of the year and will resume the
Last week, the Center for Public Education released a comparative study of international college attainment rates, which reinforced what other research has found: a smaller proportion of America’s twenty and thirty-somethings are getting college degrees than other countries and their own parents. There are myriad reasons behind this decline— we were at one point, the top producer of college graduates in the world—
Five states have entered into a pilot project to add 300 hours of instructional time to the school year. The participating states — Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee — had each made more school time part of their approved ESEA waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. The Ford Foundation and the National