May 2014

Google Does an About Face on Student Privacy

By |2014-05-02T14:49:00+00:00May 2nd, 2014|

It is no surprise that student data privacy is of great concern to schools, teachers, and parents. According to an article http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/04/30/google-turns-gmail-scanning-education-users-permanently-removes-ads-option/ from The Next Web "Google Apps for Education users will no longer have their emails scanned for use in advertising". This announcement was greeted as good news by many educators and concerned parties, who are committed [...]

New York Times: With Philadelphia Shortfall, Schools Face Renewed Cuts

By |2014-05-01T14:52:00+00:00May 1st, 2014|

In its education section, the New York Times reminded us again, that teachers are being asked to do more with less. According to the Times "A $216-million budget shortfall could force Philadelphia’s public schools to make further staffing cuts next year, school officials said on Friday." The results would be devastating as, "the deepest cuts will [...]

April 2014

New York Times: Test Prep Focus Endures Despite Desire to Move On

By |2014-04-30T15:50:00+00:00April 30th, 2014|

Today the New York Times reported on the plight of New York City Schools' attempts to move away from "teaching to the test" in spite of "baked-in" and deeply entrenched practices. Times reporter Al Baker reported on P.S. 126 in Queens, and all the work students and teachers there are doing to prepare for the SAT. [...]