Middle School Moment: Dropout Nation
Follow the challenges and successes of students in a Bronx Middle School as they get back on the path to success.
Teachers Union Deals Blow to Williams
Buffalo Teachers Federation takes a vote of no confidence in support of Board's decision to pursue termination of Superintendent WIlliams'.
Tentative future of Lafayette High School, and Buffalo's persistently lowest achieving schools is highlighted.
Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools
America's school systems are funded by the 50 states. In this fiery talk, Bill Gates says that state budgets are riddled with accounting tricks that disguise the true cost of health care and pensions and weighted with worsening deficits -- with the financing of education at the losing end.
WIVB: Fingers crossed for charter school lottery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Parents are seeking more reforms in the Buffalo Public Schools. And at the same time, getting into a popular charter schools is the luck of the draw.
Collen O'Mara is waiting with her fingers crossed, hoping that her 5-year-old daughter's name is called. The course of her education hangs in the balance.
O'Mara said, "We live in the city and we don't want to move out and we don't have money for private school."
It's the dilemma many Buffalo parents face, concerned about sending their children to the failing Buffalo School District.
Betsy Frazer said, "We didn't get into Olmsted. We have two more schools we're looking at and after that I guess it's going to be private and I can't afford it, so I really don't know what to do."
Finally, good news for O'Mara. Her daughter, Elsie, was one of 31 children called in a lottery for the Elmwood Village Charter School. Over 360 names were on the school's list.
"It was just a huge relief that I've got the option to stay in the city, which is where my heart belongs," said O'Mara.
Elmwood Village Charter School Principal John Sheffield said, "I know what a lot of these parents are going through."
Sheffield says the names on the lottery list grows each year.
"A lot of them feel that this is their last hope or their best hope for a quality education for their children," said Sheffield.
That's what brought Nicole Kedron to the drawing, but the news isn't so good for her daughter, Daysie.
"She didn't. 46th on the wait list, which means, it's probably not going to happen," said Kedron.
Kedron says she's on two other charter school lottery lists, and if she doesn't get into either, then she doesn't know what she'll do.
Across the city, dedicated public school parents were gathered to watch the education documentary "Waiting for Superman" and to brainstorm to try to bring reform to the Buffalo School District.
Sam Radford of the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council said, "We do not want to send our children to a broken system for another year."
One piece of the discussion that came out of the parents meeting is for a district wide day of protest, where parents take their children out of school for a day, as a message to the administration that the district needs major reform. That day would be on May 16, which is a half day for Buffalo school kids.
FOR MORE: http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/buffalo/Fingers-crossed-for-charter-school-lottery
StudentsFirst.org: Teachers discuss public education
No one understands the challenges facing our nation's education system
as well as teachers do. Day in and day out, they are in their classrooms
doing the most difficult and important job in the world. And as any
teacher knows, it's not easy to produce the results this country needs
Oprah 'Waiting For Superman' Episode
The Oprah Show on Monday, September 20th, did a feature on 'Waiting for Superman.' Guests included Davis Guggenheim, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee and John Legend were guests, plus two of the children profiled in the movie with their moms were in the audience. Oprah award six charter schools $1 million each: Aspire (CA), Learn (Chicago), YES Prep (Houston), Mastery (Philadelphia), New Orleans Charter Science & Math Academy, Denver School of Science & Technology. Kudos!
Oprah is returning to Waiting for Superman and ed reform on
Friday. If you are a parent or teacher and want to be in the studio
audience, click here: https://www.oprah.com/ownshow/plug_form.html?plug_id=4582159
Dropout Nation: California State Senator Gloria Romero on Addressing the Dropout Crisis
Gloria Romero, chairman of the California State Senate’s Education Committee, discusses the underlying reason why she is pushing for reform: The thousands of young white, black and Latino Californians who, along with more than 1.2 million other teens this year, will drop out into poverty and prison.
What is the True Cost of Public Education?
What is the true cost of public education? According to a new study by
the Cato Institute, some of the nation's largest public school districts
are underreporting the true cost of government-run education programs.
CBC News Profiles DC Charter School
Katie Couric visits Thurgood Marshall Academy, a Washington, D.C. charter high-school where children are graduating in extraordinary numbers and defying some pretty tough odds.
Story Corps: A Young Boy with Autism Interviews His Mom
Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua’s unique questions and Sarah’s loving, unguarded answers reveal a beautiful relationship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a parent.