American School Board Journal

Brighter Futures

Poverty now outstrips race as the best predictor of college attendance and completion. Bright Futures USA, a new non-profit organization started by Missouri’s Joplin Public Schools, plans to tackle poverty’s stranglehold on student achievement across the U.S.

Celebrating Brown

Our commemoration of Brown would be incomplete if we did not acknowledge the persistence of what is de facto segregation. This racial isolation is not legally mandated – instead, it reflects residential patterns, private choices, and public policy decisions. In the spirit of Brown, school boards should tackle this issue.

Congressional Influence

Collectively, school board members can have far greater influence on members of Congress than ever before. In order to effectively influence Congress, board members must understand that it takes in-depth knowledge of education, passion and commitment to the issue, and a strong and sustained relationship with their members of Congress.

Emerging Technology Leaders

We are preparing students for careers not yet imagined. With crystal balls in short supply, how are school leaders expected to design educational systems that meet the needs of the next generation’s workforce? A good start is keeping an eye on the innovations championed by NSBA’s “20 to Watch” educators.

Getting Schooled

Director M. Night Shyamalan recommends five basic tenets to close the achievement gap: start with good teachers; allow principals to be educators; be serious about data-driven instruction; implement small schools; and allot more time for learning.

Adult Education

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A network of strong community associations, together with a public school system long committed to the education of all residents, no matter their age, is what makes adult education programs succeed.

CPE names “10 Good Things About Public Education”

Can you name 10 good things about public education?

Patte Barth, director of NSBA’s Center for Public Education, recently wrote about the many successes in public education for American School Board Journal, and she also gave her suggestions for ways schools can improve.

For instance, she notes, fourth-graders have improved their reading skills by six points on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) over the past decade.

Hazard pay for teachers?

In the U.S. military, there’s something called “hostile fire pay,” and it can earn you an extra $225 a month. Qualify for “imminent danger pay” and you’ll get a similar bonus.

If you’re in the Navy, and you’re willing to spend considerable time in a cramped, airtight space under the surface of the ocean, congratulations: You qualify for “submarine duty pay” — and $12,000 added to your salary.


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