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Education Next, 4/12/17

New blueprints for K–12 schools

Blended Learning uses school time in a unique way, combining online instruction with traditional methods and giving students more agency over how, when, and where they learn. That third variable, the “where,” calls for some serious rethinking of how school space is organized and deployed. In our architectural practice, we have found that design either supports or frustrates a school’s mission—it is never an “innocent bystander.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/9/17

Commentary: Why universities and foundations should get together sooner

Much has been written about the broken business model of higher education, focusing on rising costs, ever-higher tuition, and mounting student debt. However, an increasingly important but rarely discussed issue is the weakening of the traditional partnership between universities (both public and private) and private philanthropic foundations.

Education Week, 4/4/17

Course choice: A different way to expand school choice?

States can choose to set aside 3 percent of their Title I money under the “direct student services” provision of ESSA for course choice, among other programs. States could also potentially use Title IV block grants authorized (but not yet funded) for states to provide well-rounded educational programs and school improvement programs under Title I to boost course choice.

Arkansas Online, 4/10/17

Arkansas school district turns school buses into billboards

The school district began displaying decals on five of its buses that promote a program called “A Hope and a Future,” started by the Booneville Rotary Club to raise money for scholarships for Booneville students… The decals were paid for by area businesses, which get their logo printed on the decals, and 75 percent of the net proceeds go to the school district to help repair and maintain its 18-bus fleet., 4/2/17

Opinion: Why charter schools succeed

Newark schools superintendent: The argument that charters are taking resources from public schools is also misleading. When a student opts to attend a public charter school, it is only reasonable that the revenues associated with that student go with him or her. But it is also fair that adequate funding remain with the district to cover its fixed and legacy costs. In Newark, I have worked hard to ensure that the district retains funding to cover those costs.

Tulsa World, 4/4/17

44 more districts mull shorter school year amid cuts, state survey shows

Oklahoma: A revenue failure was declared for the current fiscal year, requiring cuts to state-appropriated agencies, including the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The school board and administrators associations estimate that because of student enrollment increases amid all reductions for the current year, schools have about $160 less to spend per student than they did in 2015-16.

Education Week , 3/30/17

Memphis eyes merit-pay system

The district hopes to keep good teachers by allowing them to reach that salary maximum faster than they could in surrounding districts using more traditional pay scales. The proposal also allows for bonuses for teachers with advanced degrees and those who work in hard-to-staff subjects like math, science, and special education.