by Stan Wilson, CNN
Los Angeles (CNN) - School teachers should be held accountable for the performance of their students, the Conference of Mayors said Tuesday, according to the group's leader.
"The Conference of Mayors unanimously supports student growth over time as a measurement in teachers," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who presides over the conference as president. "That should be at least one of the elements of their evaluation, and if you ask mayors across the country, they will agree."
The 59-year-old Democrat told reporters that the issues in New York and Los Angeles, the largest and second-largest public school districts in the nation, are similar to those in Chicago, the third-largest, where thousands of teachers have been on strike since Monday.
"These aren't radical notions, and my hope is the parties will sit down and figure it out. The public wants to see more accountability," he said.FULL STORY
by Chris Boyette, CNN
(CNN) Like many students his age this time of year, Luke Gulley, 16, sits at a desk in a small classroom waiting for his lessons to begin. What sets this young man’s experience apart from most other students is that while many public schools across the country are dealing with overcrowding, Luke is the only kid in his class.
Luke is a student at Fusion Academy, a chain of private for-profit schools with 12 locations in California that boasts a highly personalized curriculum and a 1:1 student-teacher ratio.
On Friday, the New York State Education Department approved Fusion Academy’s application to operate in New York. Classes will begin this week at campuses in Long Island and Manhattan, with a third scheduled to open in Westchester in January, according to school officials.
Fusion was founded by Michelle Rose Gilman in 1989 as a tutoring center. It grew into an alternative, hands-on approach to educating a special brand of students, grades 6-12.
“Our students are the kids who have not been successful in traditional education,” Gilman said, “They could be kids with learning disabilities like ADHD, maybe they have social issues, like having been bullied, or maybe they are gifted and aren’t challenged enough in other schools.”
The idea behind Fusion is a completely personalized education experience, from how the courses are taught to when. FULL POST
Tony Danza talks about the Chicago teachers strike and his new book, "I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had" that chronicles his year as a high school English teacher in Philadelphia. (From Starting Point)