January 20, 2018

California teacher tenure ruled unconstitutional

teacher tenure

The ruling, which was enthusiastically endorsed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, brings to a close the first chapter of the case, Vergara v. California, in which a group of student plaintiffs argued that state tenure laws had deprived them of a decent education by leaving bad teachers in place. The teachers’ unions said Tuesday that… Read more

How to create a stronger math student before your child ever starts school

early math skills

By Julie Samrick I’ve shared how the years before kindergarten are optimal for playing games to create brighter students later on. And by specifically embracing numbers at an early age don’t be surprised when you’ve created a stronger math student too.    Sometimes when we wait to introduce concepts to kids, it takes them longer… Read more

Students may have found slave burial ground

slave burial ground

In a snow-covered park in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, an enclosed cemetery in the park’s center evokes a much different neighborhood from the one now jammed with auto-glass shops and wholesale produce markets. Headstones engraved with “Hunt” and “Leggett” hark back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when prominent New York… Read more

Chinese students flock to US exams to chase college dreams

chinese students

Chinese students form the largest overseas group at U.S. universities and their numbers are rising as families spend a fortune in the quest for an American education to pry open the door to career and social success. For some parents, overseas education is also seen as a way to avoid China’s fiercely competitive national college… Read more

LAUSD to confiscate 30,000 iPads


“It was ill thought out,” said Los Angeles Unified school district officials of handing out iPads to students, only to have them bypass security measures within minutes.  Read more

Why tutoring is for ALL children

tutoring young girl

By Julie Samrick School’s back and attention turns to academics once more. With state and local budget cuts, however, large class sizes can mean less time with the teacher. Parents turn to tutors for many reasons, but giving children individualized attention is still at the top of the list. And who couldn’t use that? Jinny… Read more

More NYC Students Qualify as Gifted after Error Corrected

Nearly 2,700 New York City students were wrongly told in recent weeks they were not eligible for seats in public school gifted and talented programs because of errors in scoring the tests used for admission, the Education Department said. Read more

What A County Prosecutor Wants Your Middle Schooler To Know

computer screen kid

By Julie Samrick My county’s Deputy District Attorney led cyber safety presentations for the students at our neighborhood public middle school last week, educating them in online pitfalls kids their age are most likely to encounter.  She opened by talking about “stranger danger” as they’ve always known it- and that the boogeyman isn’t just the… Read more

Latino Kids Want to See More of Themselves in Books

latino student

Calling “Dora the Explorer” an outlier, 25% of students today are Latino and they say they don’t see enough characters like themselves in the media and in literature.  Read more

49 Egyptian School Children Killed

Mideast Egypt Train

A speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten in southern Egypt on Saturday, killing at least 49, officials said. Distraught families searched for signs of their loved ones along the tracks in the aftermath of the latest disaster to hit the country’s railway system. The bus was carrying more than 50… Read more