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Gifted English-Learners Often Ignored, Overlooked

July 11, 2017
Corey Mitchell

English-language learners are severely underrepresented in gifted education programs in the nation’s K-12 schools. While it’s something that ELL educators have likely long known, my colleagues Sarah Sparks and Alex Harwin delve into just how widespread the dilemma is in an  exclusive Education Weekanalysis . Nationwide, the students who don’t yet communicate fluently in English account for about…

DeVos’s Hard Line on New Education Law Surprises States

July 10, 2017
Erica L. Green

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who made a career of promoting local control of education, has signaled a surprisingly hard-line approach to carrying out an expansive new federal education law, issuing critical feedback that has rattled state school chiefs and conservative education experts alike. President Barack Obama signed the  Every Student Succeeds Act  in 2015 as the less intrusive successor…

Ohio Preschool Advocates say State Funding Cut Tolerable

July 10, 2017
Jeremy Kelly

Local preschool advocates are relieved that early childhood education funding stayed relatively stable in a state budget that saw many agencies’ funding get cut. “I would say there’s a minor reduction, but when you consider the depth and breadth of the revenue shortfall the legislature was dealing with, we fared very well, to be able…

OK Schools Use Loophole to Exceed Limit for Pre-K Classes

July 10, 2017
Jennifer Palmer

Small classes are a cornerstone of pre-K, but some districts are now raising a long-held cap on the number of students, a move that could dilute Oklahoma’s most admired and arguably successful educational initiative. Like many other states, Oklahoma limits pre-K classes to 20 students. When there are more than 10 students, the classroom teacher…

As Pre-K Expands, Divide With Elementary Grades Threatens Success

July 7, 2017
David Loewenberg

With enrollment in public prekindergarten programs at a record  high , there is a growing emphasis on building stronger connections between children’s early learning experiences and the K-12 system. But bridging the divide between a sector that lacks a coherent structure and the more rigid K-12 system is a challenge rife with logistical as well as…

Business leaders launching study to boost K-12 student performance

July 7, 2017
Brian McVicar

Business Leaders for Michigan , a group representing the state’s top executives, is launching a study that will examine how to boost student performance in Michigan’s K-12 school system, the group announced today. The study, expected to be completed by early 2018, will look at the practices leading states have used to improve classroom outcomes and whether they could…

Why Trump Might Want To Shift Towards The Child Tax Credit For Low-Income Families

July 6, 2017
Elaine Maag

President Trump, perhaps spurred on by his daughter Ivanka, wants to use the tax code to provide new government assistance to families with children. During the presidential campaign, he proposed a child care tax deduction. And he has shown interest in such a plan since the election, including a short description in the Administration’s April…

Public awareness initiative targets early childhood education

July 6, 2017
Pamela Miller

The “First 2,000 Days Campaign” recently launched by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students has added Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed as a champion of the program. The campaign works to ensure that all children receive quality early education and healthy development in their first five years. First Lady Reed also serves as…

New preschools aim to reach huge share of Oregon’s young children not in school

July 5, 2017
Janaki Chadha

For years, African immigrant and refugee families in Portland have lacked options for getting their children into preschool. Between affordability, transportation and language barriers, finding any school has been a challenge—let alone a program that would incorporate a family’s cultural background or have staff that speak their language. But a new preschool is providing just…

Despite NJ Budget Drama and Deadlock, School Funding Changes Survive

July 5, 2017
John Mooney

While beach photos of Gov. Chris Christie and debates over Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield may have gotten most of the attention, the agreement to end New Jersey’s three-day government shutdown resulted in some very significant news for one of the state’s stickiest challenges: school funding. Central to the budget agreement reached by Christie and…