January 18th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

Azcentral.com: Arizona shifts focus to holding charter schools accountable
The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools has put 27 charter schools on notice: improve academic performance by next year or be shut down. The board says it will encourage the expansion of successful charter organizations, while making it harder for failing schools to renew contracts.

Courant.com: For Students Facing Long School Day, Supper Is Served
Some Connecticut schools are using funds from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to offer dinner. The schools are encouraging students to participate in a longer school day that includes tutorials and after-school programs.

Miami Herald: Opinion – On education, money counts
Florida ranked 39th among U.S. states in revenue spent per student, and that's before the state cut $1.35 billion from the education budget. Myriam Marquez argues that while the state's curriculum standards and exams are top-notch, inadequate funding will have a negative impact on academics.

Huffington Post: 'My Teacher Is a Lesbian': Coming Out at School
Teacher Jody Sokolower revealed to her middle class students that she is a lesbian mother. She describes the reaction from the students, the school administration, and her colleagues, and gives advice to other teachers who may be contemplating coming out in the classroom.

Al.com: Liberty Middle School students' video creating buzz across the web (with video)
An Alabama middle school produced a video that celebrates differences and is intended to address bullying in school.

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  1. I MATTER STEP OUT OF MY WAY

    I PLEDGE ALIGENCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISABLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

    January 21, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  2. Kari McCloud

    This is a great book...Time for Action Stop Teaching to the Test and Start Teaching Skills, By Scott D. Wurdinger.

    Education needs to change...standard based education has got to change! Please be part of the change and help students and teachers enjoy school again.

    This book should be read by anyone concerned about the future of education in the United States. It was written for students, parents, educators, administrators, and policy makers because it will require effort from all these individuals to create meaningful change in the education system. This book discusses why the education system needs to change now, and provides practical examples of teaching approaches, school models, and assessment systems that can move the education system forward in the right direction. Students deserve an education that teaches them how to solve challenging problems and inspires them to become life long learners. Read this book and then go out and implement these ideas.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |