The iconic Helen Keller once famously stated, â€œThe most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.â€ With respect to solving our education crisis, politicians and policy experts call for all sorts of accountability measures and rating metrics. But no one is asking the really big question, â€œWhat is our mission?
In this weekâ€™s address, President Obama said that, even as we work to rebuild our economy and jumpstart job creation, it is imperative that we offer our children a quality education in order for America to succeed in the 21st century. While Republicans in Congress are looking to cut education funding by 20 percent, the President remains committed to enacting reforms that provide every child with a world-class education while at the same time equipping them with the skills and training they need to compete in the new global economy. The President will continue fighting for an education system that helps to build a strong middle class and gives our children the best possible chance in life.
Here are the text and video of President Obama’s address to school kids this year.Â I’m happy IUSD sent a note to school principals encouraging them to show the message to their classes, but will wait to hear from students in my neighborhood about whether or not they saw it. “Hello Philadelphia! Itâ€™s wonderful to…
Once again, the state legislature is showing just how out-of-touch it is with the priorities of millions of California families. In an effort to pay their bills, state lawmakers have decided to withhold billions of dollars in funding for teachers and students. Given the severity and potential impact of these cuts, you would think Californiaâ€™s legislators would redouble their efforts to find another solution. Instead, they are preparing to adjourn at the end of August â€“ without a solvent budget.
SACRAMENTO, CAâ€”Today, the California State Senate unanimously voted on the passage out of the Legislature of Bill 1075 (SB 1075), authored by Senator Lou Correa(Orange County). This legislative measure requires academic institutions to reasonably accommodate and assist students who are called to active military duty so they can meet any and all coursework requirements missed due to military service.
My son Alex graduated from high school last night.Â It marked a moment of satisfaction for my wife and I that our choice to live in Irvine upon moving here 13 years ago was a good one.Â We came here simply because we believed Irvine offered the best public school system in Orange County.Â It…
Over the last several months, the committee has focused on unintended consequences of federal and state accountability policies that rate schools on multiple choice/standardized tests heavily weighted toward Reading and Math. While useful in surfacing the disparities in performance of subgroups, alignment of practice to these high stakes metrics have too often narrowed the curriculum to whatâ€™s tested and, to the detriment of Long term English Learners and others, have resulted in practices which do not prepare them for the next level of college and/or career readiness.