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Hawkins, Beth – Education Next, 2019
Forty-one percent of U.S. adults ages 25 and older have no more than a high school education, and 26.5 million people in that age bracket--12 percent of them--lack even that. Today, many adult basic education (ABE) programs are run by the local K-12 school district, but academic courses and career training are frequently lumped together with…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Educational Change, Vocational Education, Public Schools
Ziebarth, Todd – National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2017
There were a number of historic public charter school policy wins across the country in 2017. Kentucky became the 44th state (along with the District of Columbia) to enact a charter school law. Colorado and Florida provided charter school students with unprecedented access to locally raised dollars for facilities. Tennessee and Texas created new…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
Junge, Ember Reichgott – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
A state legislator who played a key role in enacting the nation's first charter school law in Minnesota tells the story of shaping the ideas and the bill. She now looks for ways that charter schools can coexist with traditional public schools to deliver a better education for all children.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Politics of Education, Educational Change
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2013
Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools' technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Testing Problems, Reliability, Public Schools
Schachter, Ron – District Administration, 2013
English as a Second Language programs have historically focused on Spanish-speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages--more than 100 in some locations--as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country. The number…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Programs, English Language Learners, Public Schools
DeNisco, Alison – District Administration, 2012
Students taking the "How to Make (Almost) Anything" class at Mahtomedi High School in Mahtomedi, Minn. can literally make almost anything--from chess pieces to cups to chairs, and DVD cases to clocks to lampshades--right in their classroom. And besides getting a daily dose of amazement, these students are making history in the first…
Descriptors: Enrollment, Engineering Education, Engineering, Public Schools
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Some of the students at Success Academy are doing International Baccalaureate-level work. Most of the classes have just five or six students. But this Baltimore public high school isn't for elite students. Admission depends on whether students have done something so serious a regular district school won't have them anymore: assaulting classmates…
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, Hispanic American Students, Public Schools, High Schools
Steiner, Lucy; Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – School Administrator, 2012
When the Minneapolis Public Schools first set out to hire turnaround school principals, administrators followed their usual process--which focused largely on reputation and anecdotal support and considered mainly internal candidates. Yet success at the complicated task of turning around the fortunes of a failing school depends on exceptionally…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Principals, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills
US Department of Education, 2011
This paper presents the highlights of a conference entitled "Advancing Student Achievement through Labor-Management Collaboration" held in Denver, Colorado last February 15-16, 2011. This first-of-its-kind conference on labor-management collaboration is a historic effort to transform the relationships among local superintendents, school…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), School Districts, Superintendents, Boards of Education
Phillips, Vicki L. – School Administrator, 2011
The idea behind public charter schools was to develop flexible models of public schools and to incubate innovative ideas that then could be shared with the district's public schools. Today, almost 20 years since the first public charter school opened its doors in Minnesota, one still does not see consistent, productive collaboration and shared…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Cooperative Planning, Participative Decision Making
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King, Jean A.; Rohmer-Hirt, Johnna A. – New Directions for Evaluation, 2011
From the 1980s to the present, educational accountability in the United States has grown dramatically. Such accountability in U.S. school districts, although driven primarily by external demands, has internal manifestations as well. The chapter traces the historical development of internal evaluation in American school districts, then highlights…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Testing Programs, Standardized Tests, School Districts
Eckert, Jonathan; Houtchens, Bobbi Ciriza; Garcia, Antero; Greer, Nicholas; Khachatryan, Edit; Liou, James; Owens, Steve; Raphael, Leah; Romero, Elaine; Taylor, Katie; Ulmer, Jasmine; VanDusen, Tracey; Yaron, Linda – US Department of Education, 2011
In February 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (ED)--along with co-sponsors from the American Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, the Council of the Great City Schools, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Education Association, and the National School Boards Association--brought…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Case Studies, School Districts, Public Schools
Koenig, Darlene – Teaching Tolerance, 2010
Jodi Fletcher is a teacher on special assignment in curriculum instruction and assessment for Falcon School District 49 in Colorado. Serving about 12,500 students across 16 schools, the district encompasses the northeastern portion of Colorado Springs and the rural area of Falcon. About 30 percent of students in the district are from military…
Descriptors: School Districts, Rural Schools, Immigrants, Social Change
Beem, Kate – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
As Internet technology encroached on the public school classroom about a decade ago, Kim Ross, superintendent of the Houston (MN) School District saw an opportunity. The entrepreneurial spirit overtook Ross and his team, and out of that was born the Minnesota Virtual Academy and the Minnesota Center of Online Learning, or MCoOL--two virtual…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Teacher Qualifications
Beem, Kate – School Administrator, 2010
As Internet technology encroached on the public school classroom about a decade ago, Kim Ross, superintendent of the Houston School District in Houston, Minnesota, saw an opportunity. At first, he and his administrative team simply wanted to offer students in the district of 1,300 access to more classes via the web than what a district that size…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Public Schools, Online Courses, School Districts
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