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Feldman, Sandra – American Educator, 2001
Discusses why the achievement gap between poor and middle-class children persists and what can be done to close it, explaining that the latest version of Title I does not provide necessary levels of resources to compensate for inequality in educational spending. Examines the importance of preschool educational experiences, suggesting that this…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education
Feldman, Sandra – American Educator, 1997
Reveals the lack of educational standards in America's poor urban public schools and explains why poor children are getting beyond third grade without being able to properly read. Promotional policies are discussed as well as the teacher's role in promotional decisions. It argues for adoption of explicit, commonly shared, grade-by-grade academic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Improvement, Educationally Disadvantaged
Feldman, Sandra – American Educator, 2000
Examines the progress of standards reform, suggesting ways to fix what is wrong in education, including: holding elected officials and school officials accountable; supporting teachers in implementing state standards; providing quality curriculum; collaborating to remedy problems with testing; developing curriculum in partnership with key…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Feldman, Sandra – American Educator, 1998
Proposes ways to ensure teacher quality through professionalizing teacher hiring and dismissal policies. State and local education authorities must stop undercutting current standards and must end emergency credentials and the misassignment of teachers. Suggests ways to accommodate teacher shortages until additional qualified teachers are found.…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Boards of Education, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education
Feldman, Sandra – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1992
Describes effects of inadequate funding for public schools at national and local levels, critiques America 2000 educational goals, and examines larger social changes and their effects on educational institutions. Side bars cover education in rural areas, ethnic diversity in Los Angeles (California), and American Federation of Teachers funding…
Descriptors: Children, Economic Factors, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives
Feldman, Sandra – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
After attaining a collective bargaining contract with New York City in 1960, the United Federation of Teachers worked successfully to improve salaries and working conditions. But in the aftermath of the 1975 fiscal crisis, the more equitable participation of teachers in policymaking has emerged as a clear goal. (KH)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Problems, Labor Relations