Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates. By Ilya Andriyanov from www.shutterstock.com While critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools […]

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Striking teachers in Denver shut down performance bonuses – here’s how that will impact Denver schools

Denver public school teachers went on strike on Feb. 11 and successfully eliminated a controversial bonus-based pay system. David Zalubowski/AP Editor’s note: Denver teachers reached a tentative deal on Feb. 14 that ended a three-day strike. Besides raises of 7 to 11 percent, one of the concessions they won was the end of performance-based pay, […]

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Striking teachers in Denver shut down performance bonuses – here’s how that will impact education

Denver public school teachers went on strike on Feb. 11 and successfully eliminated a controversial bonus-based pay system. David Zalubowski/AP Editor’s note: Denver teachers reached a tentative deal on Feb. 14 that ended a three-day strike. Besides raises of 7 to 11 percent, one of the concessions they won was the end of performance-based pay, […]

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Just what are ‘zero tolerance’ policies – and are they still common in America’s schools?

Zero tolerance polices in school discipline are on the decline, new data show. wavebreakmedia/www.shutterstock.com When parents and educators discuss school discipline, one of the things that comes up most are “zero tolerance” policies. This term is often misused and misunderstood, according to new research I published recently. Zero tolerance policies are also thought to be […]

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School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

School shooters tend to have a death wish, new research shows. Constantine Pankin from www.shutterstock.com Two years before he lined his schoolmates up against a classroom wall and executed them one by one, the student, who would become the gunman, tried to show his English teacher something important. He had quietly slid up his sleeves […]

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Restorative practices may not be the solution, but neither are suspensions

School experiments with new ways to discipline students without suspending them show mixed results. Africa Studio / www.shutterstock.com Proponents of restorative justice suffered a blow recently with the late 2018 release of a much anticipated RAND study of restorative practices in Pittsburgh schools. The study’s results showed restorative practices were not as effective as many […]

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School suspensions don’t stop violence – they help students celebrate it

The code of the street – where respect is won by fighting – often follows children into school. Pixel-Shot/www.shutterstock.com When school officials suspend students, the idea is to maintain a safe environment and deter violence and other problematic behavior on the school campus. But when I interviewed 30 children in southeast Michigan who had been […]

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