On April 19, 2013, the third day of NCTM's annual meeting in Denver, Uri Treisman gave a forty-minute address on equity that Zal Usiskin, director of the University of Chicago's School Mathematics Project, called the greatest talk he'd ever heard at the conference in any year. Stanford math professor Keith Devlin would later call it our "I have a dream" speech. At least one participant left in tears.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- Forty years after the Supreme Court ruled in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez that state funding formulas for public schools that are based on local property taxes are not unconstitutional, some civil rights leaders and education advocates say it's time to push for new efforts to address decades-long disparities in how resources are parceled out to public schools.
Gina Cairney -- Children learn best when they're healthy, and while summer is usually a time when many children participate in a myriad of summer enrichment programs, some children who could most benefit don't get that opportunity, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
Fifty percent agree with the governor's proposal to give more funds to school districts that serve low-income children. A separate Brown plan to give local districts more funding control is favored by 59%.
Valerie Strauss -- Many critics of modern school reform say that while reform efforts are intended to close achievement gaps and provide equitable educational experiences for all students, they are having the opposite effect. Here’s that argument by Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina.
Educators have pored over the merits of opening up Advanced Placement classes to all high school students versus limiting the college-level courses to those with a track record of academic excellence.
At the heart of the debate is the issue of equitable access compared with students’ actual preparedness to take on the challenge.
Erik Robelen -- Mexican-American studies will return to classrooms in Tucson's secondary schools in the fall after a federal judge approved the district's new plan to achieve greater racial balance in its schools.
Nearly six decades after President Dwight Eisenhower overruled the "leadership of demagogic extremists" and sent federal troops to protect desegregation efforts in Little Rock, Arkansas, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has more than one reason to be concerned about his city's negative image.
Stu Silberman -- "Bring Your Own Device" - is being heard more and more these days in and around our schools. The devices, in most cases, are mobile phones, tablets, and/or laptops. Should schools establish policies allowing students to use their own technology tools in the classroom? I say, yes, with some caveats.