by Melissa Bailey | Mar 7, 2014 5:04 pm
Jeremiah Davila already finds himself staying after school every day. If he’s lucky, he may soon get paid to do so.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 6, 2014 8:00 am | Comments (13)
Second in a series.
John Donahue’s Honors English 4 was on a roll, tackling “Waiting for Icarus” by Muriel Rukeyser and other college-level poems. Then the class had to stop and switch to a strictly scripted version of Gateway Community College’s remedial English class.
When the new syllabus took effect, the class’s collective heart sank. The thought-provoking poems were replaced by “tedious” basics.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 26, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments (19)
Twenty teachers lost their jobs in the latest round of job evaluations, as the schools began pushing out not just the lowest-performing teachers, but those who failed to improve to “effective” over three years.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 21, 2014 11:00 am | Comments (8)
Modern-day school reformers are focusing too much on standardized tests and too little on kids’ hearts and minds, a legendary Yale child psychologist said as he prepares to advise the president.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 19, 2014 7:50 am | Comments (15)
Mandy Bonz juggles 27 English-language learners in her 1st-grade classroom. As part of a new emphasis on early literacy, Superintendent Garth Harries suggested making classes like hers smaller—and expanding the size of under-enrolled classes in middle and high school.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 14, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments (7)
Flanked by Frankie the Falcon and some grown-up cheerleaders, hundreds of students in grades pre-K to 8 took the stage in a school-wide dance performance aimed at motivating kids to go to college.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 11, 2014 8:20 am | Comments (4)
Backed by parents, charter advocates and teachers, New Haven’s new superintendent won approval to remain in charge of city schools for another three years.
by Gilad Edelman | Feb 10, 2014 8:24 am | Comments (13)
Jesus Morales wishes he knew more American history. He got to study it freshman year — but then his history class spent a whole marking period on standardized test prep.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 7, 2014 10:26 am | Comments (15)
New Haven parents got 19 hours to have a say in who runs the school system for the next three years.
It was the school board’s latest effort in “parent engagement.” Like previous attempts, it didn’t go over well.
by Melissa Bailey | Jan 28, 2014 2:34 pm | Comments (19)
Fifty-six families whose young children have missed over 10 days of school will get an invitation to meet Judge Jack Keyes—and try to cut a bad habit before it gets worse.