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School board votes send a message, but are folks listening? (Derrell Bradford)

April 18th in New Jersey saw citizens from across the state vote down almost 50% of proposed school budgets. This low level of approval, when viewed as a product of the typically low voter turnout of budget and school board elections, has sent a resounding message to the New Jersey school establishment. Indeed, when one considers the state’s “spend spend” take on school reform, and its widely known equity history for urban school systems under the Abbott v. Burke cases, the defeats are a heads up for many other places in the nation looking to finance their way out of poor school performance on the backs of suburban property owners.




Math or Technology: Take Your Pick (Sarah Natividad)

Recently Utah schools have been given an F for technology use in the classroom (or lack thereof).  This is one area I hope Utah continues to fail in.  Technology has been touted as a fabulous tool for teaching math and other subjects, but it’s not.  Technology teaches technology; you still have to learn math separately if you want to know math too.



Whose Fault is Atlanta's "Brain Drain"? (Ken De Rosa)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confusingly reports that Georgia’s Clayton school district’s change to Direct Instruction (DI) this year is to blame for its substantial loss of teachers. Yet a few paragraphs down we learn that the teacher loss has been ongoing for at least three years.


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