Education Reform

8:09am

Sat June 22, 2013
Education

School Hopes Talking It Out Keeps Kids From Dropping Out

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 4:45 pm

Out-of-school suspensions are on the rise across the country, a troubling statistic when you consider being suspended just once ups a student's chances of dropping out entirely. That's why many districts are hoping to keep kids in school by trying an alternative to suspension.

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4:19pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Education

Home-Schooled Students Fight To Play On Public School Teams

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 4:42 pm

Advocates of allowing home-schooled students to play on public school teams have dubbed legislation allowing it "Tim Tebow bills," after the former NFL quarterback who was home-schooled in Florida.
Stephen Brashear AP

Legislative battles are being fought around the country over whether or not to let home-schooled students play on public high school teams.

Roughly half of U.S. states have passed laws making them eligible to play on the teams. Advocates have dubbed them "Tim Tebow bills," after the NFL quarterback who was home-schooled when he played on a high school team.

But an attempt by Indiana to find a middle ground may not have solved the problem in that state.

Somewhere In The Middle

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11:39am

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Company Scraps Controversial Lesson Plan System

After uproar over some lesson plans some conservatives deemed un-American, a Texas company has decided scrap a curriculum system used by 877 school districts that were too small or too poor to produce their own.

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3:32pm

Wed May 15, 2013
U.S.

L.A. Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:50 pm

When Garfield High School in Los Angeles stopped suspending students for "willful defiance" several years ago, it saw suspensions drop from more than 600 to just one. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to follow suit in all LA schools.
Reed Saxon AP

School suspensions are a big issue in California. Last year, schools handed out 700,000 of them. But the Los Angeles Unified School District took a step to change that this week when it voted to ban suspension of students deemed "willfully defiant."

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12:52pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

La. Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 1:19 pm

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has been a proponent of school vouchers.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The Louisiana Supreme Court handed Gov. Bobby Jindal a loss today: It agreed with a lower court that his method of funding private school tuition through vouchers was unconstitutional.

For the past year, explains the AP, Jindal's administration has used "money earmarked for public schools in the state's Minimum Foundation Program to pay for private school tuition."

In a 6-1 vote, the court decided the funding mechanism was unconstitutional.

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