MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen recently appeared as a guest journalist on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” a highly regarded program analyzing the week’s significant stories. Among other things, Dan discusses the controversial Alabama Accountability Act, which will be a subject of debate in the final session of the state legislature today as lawmakers address Governor Robert Bentley’s call to delay establishing tax credits for families sending students to private schools.
Most people know Birmingham, Alabama was a Civil Rights Movement battleground. But how is that complicated history taught in schools today? And are there differences between white and black districts? The Southern Education Desk’s Dan Carsen went to class in urban Birmingham and a nearby suburb — one of the wealthiest in the nation — to find out.Read more...
Throughout the South and the nation, schools are adopting new math and language arts standards known as the “Common Core State Standards.” In this three-part series, the Southern Education Desk takes a deeper look into the criticism leveled at the Common Core and the realities on the ground.Read more...
Students across the country can expect to be writing a lot more under Common Core State Standards, which may turn out to be a formidable challenge here in the South. In part three of the Southern Education Desk series on Common Core, reporter Annie Gilbertson reports new writing standards are an especially tall order for Mississippi.Read more...
By 2016, students in 45 states and the District of Columbia will be learning the same things – at the same time – under the same set of standards. The nationwide plan is known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative. But in the second part of our Southern Education Desk series on Common Core, Christine Jessel reports some Southern states are struggling to implement it.Read more...
The Alabama House rejected Governor Bentley’s changes to the state’s controversial Accountability Act (al.com); House Speaker Mike Hubbard issued a statement following the vote that said “students deserve school choice now, and not two years from now” (al.com). Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that will hire armed school resource [...]
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School choice, in its broadest sense, is a simple idea: that families should be able to choose what school their children attend. Educational choice takes many forms in school districts around the United States, but two types of educational options currently dominate the political debate over school choice: charter schools and vouchers.
Louisiana’s Supreme Court rules the current funding mechanism for the statewide voucher program is unconstitutional.
There’s been a revolution in American K-12 education: the “Common Core State Standards.” Released in 2010, they’re math and language arts standards meant to raise rigor and establish consistency across the nation. They’ve been adopted in 45 states. But in the first of a three-part series, Alabama reporter Dan Carsen tells us that even in those places, all is not quiet on the Common Core front.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Tennessee has been a “font of innovation” when it comes to education reform, praising the state for progress made under a winning Race to the Top bid in 2010.
When Hosanna Christian Academy decided to take on nearly 300 voucher students, they knew many of them would be behind academically. But principal Josh LaSage says he really wasn’t expecting so many of the voucher students to be so far behind.
Demand for pre-K programming is growing across the South, but state-level fiscal challenges have limited the number of kids pre-K can serve. Southern Education Foundation President and CEO Kent McGuire examines the challenges pre-K funding faces across the nation, but especially in the deep South.
Most education researchers and even many economists think high-quality Pre-K benefits children and the communities where they live. But the effects are limited when programs just don’t reach many kids. Even in states such as Alabama, which have highly regarded programs, these services reach only a fraction of eligible children.
When it comes to making cuts to pre-K – where is the nation making the deepest cuts? This interactive map shows what pre-K funding looks like across the nation and recaps recent developments in the South.
When budgets are tight, states start to talk about cutting services. But what early education services does the South stand to lose when budgets get cut?
At first glance, research on preschool may appear conflicting. A Vanderbilt University shows preschool students are 80-percent better prepared for school than their peers – especially in literacy and math. But a recent study of Head Start finds by third grade, their lead has all but disappeared completely. How should this data be interpreted?