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Parents collectively spend billions on tutoring. Is it money well spent? New Africa from www.shutterstock.com

5 things to consider before you hire a tutor for your child

Tutoring is a billion-dollar industry. A former tutor explains what to look for in a tutor for your child and urges parents to consider free options before they open up their pocketbooks.
LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. Phil Long/AP

Why LeBron James’ I Promise School should be more like LeBron and not shy away from issues of race

In order to be successful, the I Promise Academy needs to confront issues of race – much like LeBron James himself, who launched the school amid great fanfare in 2018, an education scholar argues.
Teachers rally outside the Arizona Capitol in April 2018 during a strike over low salaries. Matt York/AP

Are America’s teachers really underpaid?

A presidential candidate wants to use federal funds to boost teacher pay. Is the proposal justified or is it just pandering to teacher unions to get votes? An education scholar provides perspective.
Jessie Dean Gipson Simmons, shown top center about age 37, c. 1961. [Clockwise: daughter Angela, sons Obadiah Jerone, Jr. and Carl, and husband Obadiah Jerone, Sr.; daughters Carolyn and Quendelyn are not pictured] Simmons family archives

Jessie Simmons: How a schoolteacher became an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

When Jessie Simmons applied for a teaching job in 1958, her application went to a separate file for "Negro teachers" and got rejected. An education scholar recounts how Simmons fought back and won.
Students, parents and teachers participate in a school choice rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Charter school cap efforts gain momentum

A number of states are considering laws to put charter school growth on pause, saying they drain resources from public schools. A school finance expert explains the logic behind the efforts.
Teachers, students and supporters rally in front of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., in February. Jeff Chiu/AP

Teacher unions say they’re fighting for students and schools – what they really want is more members

Teachers' unions often claim they are striking for better schools on behalf of students. A closer look at recent strikes suggests they are fighting for something else: membership.
Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates. By Ilya Andriyanov from www.shutterstock.com

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.
Denver public school teachers went on strike on Feb. 11 and successfully eliminated a controversial bonus-based pay system. David Zalubowski/AP

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

Through a three-day strike, Denver teachers got rid of a bonus-based pay system that they say was unfair. An education policy expert explains what the end of bonus-based pay means for Denver schools.
School shooters tend to have a death wish, new research shows. Constantine Pankin from www.shutterstock.com

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

School shooters typically show warning signs long before they become killers, but educators are sometimes ill-equipped to act on what they see, two researchers who are analyzing mass shooters say.
Only 1 in 5 American students take a foreign language before college. pathdoc from www.shutterstock.com

Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Despite increasing globalization, foreign language programs in US colleges have become less common. A foreign language expert says America needs to step up its efforts to turn things around.
Parents accompany their children to school on the first day back after a teachers’ strike in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Community schools score key victory in LA teachers strike

The Los Angeles teachers strike wasn't just about teachers – it was also about community schools, according to an education scholar who serves as director of the UCLA Center for Community Schooling.
A student speaks with Holocaust survivor William Morgan using an interactive virtual conversation exhibit at the the Holocaust Museum Houston in January 2019. David J. Phillip/AP

Digital technology offers new ways to teach lessons from the Holocaust

In anticipation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a scholar explains how digital technologies can help close knowledge gaps about the catastrophe that claimed the lives of 6 million Jews.
The term “at-risk” is frequently used to describe students from challenging circumstances. Some educators are working to change that. Diego Cervo/www.shutterstock.com

Why it’s wrong to label students ‘at-risk

Using the term 'at-risk' to describe students from challenging circumstances often creates more problems than it solves, a professor of counseling psychology argues.
Los Angeles teachers are striking after contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

The teachers strike in Los Angeles is the first big one of 2019, but likely not the last. An education scholar says low teacher pay and inadequate public school funding will likely spur more strikes.

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