February 28, 2012
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Can public school leaders hatch innovations for students within minimum competency guidelines set by the state?
The current issue of Fortune Magazine profiles the 100 Best Companies to Work For and 78 of them need to fill 67,000 jobs. Will Georgians fill any of those spots?
In "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character," Paul Tough argues that medicine explains why children who grow up in dysfunctional environments find it hard to concentrate.
I'd like to see us start from scratch and restore dollars and professionalism to the real magicians of teaching and learning: classroom teachers.
DeKalb County schools cannot account for $12 million in taxpayer funds. Are they the only ones abusing other peoples’ money?
Everybody's talking college completion, at least in education and schools, but what lies in the DNA of student success?
With every child, something in us died. This is as tough as it gets.
Rockdale Career Academy is celebrating.
A highly effective principal can increase his or her students' scores up to 10 percentile points on standardized tests in just one year.
Georgia state Rep. Edward Lindsey aims to introduce the Parent Trigger Act on day one of the 2013 Georgia General Assembly.
On its last day in session the 2012 Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 397, changing the course of Open Records and Open Meetings acts for Georgia schools.
The highest performing high school in Newton County based on numerical indices of student performance is Eastside High.
How do schools with decreasing scores explain them and will new local school plans for improvement offer accountability to taxpayers?
Qualitative data and quantitative data convincde me Challenge Charter Academy needs a chance.
Charter fever. Some have it. Others hate it. Let's break it down.
The best ideas in education come from the classroom.
K-8 data in the Newton County School System (NCSS) reveal highly effective teaching in these classrooms.
Leadership matters. We need it nationally; we need it locally.
More and more high school students are making the early leap to college.
No sooner did I report on fiscal year 2011 data than fiscal year 2012 data came forth revealing an upward trend in student achievement in Newton.
Hard talk about schools is hard to swallow and most don't want to engage, but it should not allow educators to lose focus on student achievement.
Rockale Career Academy holds annual Public Safety/Law and Justice Pathway cookout on Saturday to the delight of all.
Nepotism stirs debate in public education just as public schools need desperately to establish public trust.
A movement toward choice has made its case and state officials have responded.
Better communication is needed between K-12 and higher education about the demands of college and requisite skills for success.
College students often complain about teachers asking them to write. "When will I ever use this?" they ask.
Academic preparation is a core function of community colleges. Their mission today has evolved into workforce preparation, job training and community-focused programs.
RCA has far exceeded the statewide goal of creating access to career options for all students by 2020.
Two-year colleges offer students opportunities for success in the classroom and beyond.
From Michigan to Oregon to Newton County students are opting out of public schools and dollars are joining them. Now you see them; now you don't.
After the glitter of pomp and circumstance fades it will be your productivity that matters.
Aren't school boards really about setting policy, ensuring accreditation and student success when all is said and done?
Money changes everything as school boards and systems aim to prove their worth to parents in a new age of accountability.
Elaine McEwan's "Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals" points to a set of characteristics necessary to develop highly effective principals who create communities of learners with high academic and behavioral expectations.
America's strength depends on a workforce adept at problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, team work and research.
It takes schools years to recover from bad hiring; some students don't.
Every international statistic highlights the trending demise of American education concurrent with the constant attack on school system budgets.
The U.S. spends in excess of $20 billion on non-military foreign aid. I'd like to see those dollars in our classrooms.
Those who go from good to great start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.
Before we start regulating the food on our plates, let's give teachers a free lunch period.
Teachers' duties should be confined to the classroom.
The passage of HR 1162 carries with it a reverberating alarm and educators cannot afford to snooze.