literacy
Legislation
Indiana lawmakers want cellphones limited in classrooms

(The Center Square) – Indiana lawmakers want students to be better readers, and one way they want to make sure it happens is by limiting cellphone use in classrooms. Sen. Read More

February 22, 2024
Public Education
Nearly 60,000 Michigan 3rd graders can’t read at grade level. Most will advance to 4th grade anyway

Michigan is sending thousands of 3rd graders into 4th grade despite more than half struggling to read. Michigan State University’s education policy center released a new report detailing reading scores… Read More

November 27, 2023
Public Education
Alabama Board of Education lowers reading standards, expects thousands of 3rd graders will still be held back

The Alabama State Board of Education voted 5-3 last week to lower reading standards for 3rd graders. The vote was a response to the implementation of the Alabama… Read More

September 20, 2023
Public Education
‘Evidence of backsliding’: Students’ math and reading scores aren’t bouncing back from school closures

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – Students’ academic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled despite efforts to make up for the learning loss, according to a Tuesday report. Students on… Read More

July 12, 2023
Legislation
Wisconsin ed department opposes parts of bill meant to shore up literacy

(The Center Square) – The retention policy requirement in a Republican-backed education proposal is a “non-starter” and opposed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The literacy bill, Right to… Read More

June 9, 2023
Public Education
Most Tennessee districts report little improvement after 3rd grade test retake

(The Center Square) – The majority of Tennessee school districts saw less than 25% of the students who re-took the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program third-grade reading test advanced to a… Read More

June 9, 2023
Legislation, Opinion
Pennsylvania risks being left behind in education reform as governor breaks campaign promise

The unexpected benefit of the COVID pandemic could be that the logjam preventing K-12 education reform may finally have been broken – at least outside of Pennsylvania. … Read More

April 11, 2023
Public Education
School districts continue to spend on failed reading programs while students suffer learning loss

(Daily Caller) – School districts across the country are continuing to spend money on reading programs that have come under fire for failing to teach students standard literacy skills, according… Read More

March 3, 2023
Legislation, Opinion
McClatchy, Iorio collude to keep kids uneducated

(The Sentinel) – One-third of public school students in Kansas cannot read or do math at grade level, and the McClatchy newspapers and columnist Sharon Hartin Iorio seem determined to… Read More

March 2, 2023
Opinion, Public Education
Kansas education commissioner claims ‘proficient’ is a made-up term

(The Sentinel) – Kansas education commissioner Randy Watson last week told the State Board of Education that “proficient is a made-up term that the federal government makes us define.” Watson… Read More

February 20, 2023
Public Education
Not a single student is proficient in reading or math at 55 Chicago schools

(Daily Caller) – In 55 Chicago Public Schools, not one student met grade level expectations in either math or reading during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a Wirepoints report. Read More

February 15, 2023
Public Education
Illinois schools underperforming despite increased funding

(The Center Square) – Public education advocates say Illinois’ evidence-based funding model has adequately funded schools. However, one lawmaker says students are still underperforming. Illinois’ evidence-based K-12 schools funding model… Read More

February 15, 2023
Legislation
Oklahoma Gov. Stitt renews support for school choice as legislation pends in state senate

In his state of the state address on Monday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt prioritized education reform and school choice. “Parents spoke loud and clear at the ballot box… Read More

February 8, 2023
Legislation
Nebraska school choice proposal gets hearing, support of governor

A school choice bill in Nebraska is back up for consideration, this time with support from the governor. “We can’t let one kid fall through the cracks and… Read More

February 8, 2023
Public Education
Illinois State Board of Education names new state superintendent of schools

(The Center Square) – The Illinois State Board of Education has named its 31st state superintendent of education, but not everyone is on board with the selection. Tony Sanders was… Read More

February 1, 2023
Legislation
Ohio governor includes school choice, family-related tax cuts at forefront of proposed budget

(The Center Square) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine put education center stage Tuesday, saying the state’s future is defined by how well children are educated. He outlined an education focus on… Read More

February 1, 2023
Legislation
Education audit reveals why Louisiana needs school choice

If there was ever a time to reconsider whether public education does its job, many policy experts and lawmakers say that time is now. Louisiana’s legislative auditor released… Read More

January 31, 2023
Opinion, Public Education
Colorado teachers’ union will say anything to get more money

A new report from Colorado’s teachers’ union blames underfunding for a litany of issues, including school violence and a lack of LGBT-inclusivity. The Colorado Education Association (CEA)… Read More

January 30, 2023
Public Education
Oklahoma state superintendent unveils incentive-based teacher pay plan, targets literacy, trashes ‘equity’

Oklahoma’s top education official scrapped an across-the-board pay raise for public school teachers and instead proposed rewarding the state’s best teachers. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters… Read More

January 27, 2023
Public Education
Kansas school district’s student achievement deception is all too typical

(The Sentinel) – Frustrated with district officials’ refusal to acknowledge a student achievement crisis, a group of Rose Hill parents mailed a postcard to residents showing the tragic truth –… Read More

January 19, 2023