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Study: Minority students suspended more often than whites; teacher experience plays a role

By | 10.05.11 | 5:19 pm

A new study from a Colorado-based educational research group takes a comprehensive look at the disparity in punishments handed to minority and disabled students by school administrators.

Documentary follows educators from Philippines during Baltimore teacher shortage

By | 09.20.11 | 9:04 am

PBS will air Tuesday a documentary examining the lives of four Filipino educators who moved to Baltimore as part of the city’s efforts to shore up its teacher shortages by hiring foreign educators.

Louisiana skipped key standardized testing analysis in 2009-2010, cites budget woes

By | 08.12.11 | 2:16 pm

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) did not conduct an erasure analysis of the state’s standardized test scores for the 2009-2010 academic year due to budget cuts, The American Independent has learned through Freedom Of Information Act requests.

Louisiana school group alleges New Orleans scrubbed testing scores to inflate results, state officials deny claims

By | 08.01.11 | 4:54 pm

In a monthly online newsletter published last week on the Louisiana School Boards Association website, the teacher group alleges the Recovery School District in New Orleans ‘scrubbed’ test results to inflate the district’s school performance figures, something the Louisiana Department of Education flatly denies.

Thousands come out to teacher rally in Washington, protest Obama and decade of ‘bad’ policies

By | 07.30.11 | 7:58 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite 95-degree heat and high humidity, an estimated crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 descended onto the National Mall and later marched to the White House as part of the Save Our Schools and National Call to Action, urging President Obama and Congress to roll back No Child More…

New Orleans schools: A nexus of poverty, high expulsion rates, hyper-security and novice teachers

By | 07.21.11 | 3:45 pm

John, an eighth grader at the time, gives another student on school grounds a candy bar. He is spotted by a security guard and told he now faces suspension. Frightened, John runs, getting caught twice and slapped with handcuffs as many times, acquiring bruises along his wrists in the process. A More…

9 out 10 schools in experimental New Orleans district earn performance score of D or F

By | 07.07.11 | 5:58 pm

Education reformers like to tout the gains posted in New Orleans’ Recovery School District, a school system borne into existence a few years before Hurricane Katrina but expanded prodigiously in the city months following the storm. The surfeit of praise comes from a mixed bag of public policy players. U.S. More…

Atlanta and New Orleans schools show the many ways administrators cut corners

By | 07.06.11 | 6:22 pm

“When high stakes are attached to tests, people often act in ways that compromise educational values. High-stakes testing incentivizes narrowing of the curriculum, gaming the system, teaching to bad tests and cheating.”

That passage, taken from a July 1 letter education historian Diane Ravitch wrote to the New York Times More…

UPDATED: Shell awarded Gulf drilling contract; Coast Guard blames sheen in Gulf on river sediment

By | 03.22.11 | 11:28 am

The Obama administration has approved the first Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling plan since BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, Reuters reports. Shell Offshore intends to drill for oil and natural gas at a site 130 miles from the Louisiana coast.

In a joint statement with Michael Bromwich, director of the More…

Bromwich gets defensive about drilling inspector criticism

By | 11.04.10 | 9:33 am

A key administration official charged with overseeing the country’s offshore drilling pushed back yesterday against allegations that drilling inspectors in the Gulf of Mexico did not have the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure the safety of rigs.

In a post on the White House blog, Michael Bromwich, head More…