Schools closed and students lost out on a day of classes due to teachers’ union protests once again, this time in Michigan. Schools in several areas across the state had to close Tuesday because too many teachers called in sick or simply took the day off to travel to the state capital to join in union protests against the vote to pass right-to-work legislation in the state.
Colorado, along with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee have been chosen to participate in the TIME Collaborative pilot program which will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the public school calendar starting in 2013. TIME, which stands for Time for Innovation Matters in Education, is a three-year pilot that will affect nearly 20,000 students and begin with 40 schools and hopefully expand – particularly to schools in low-income communities. 5,000 students and four districts in Colorado will be taking part; Boulder Valley Schools, Denver Public Schools, Adams 50 (Westminster), and Jefferson County.
On Friday, the 19th Judicial District Court ruled the funding mechanism of Louisiana’s school choice voucher program unconstitutional, placing the academic future of nearly 5,000 students in jeopardy. Louisiana’s voucher program was launched during the 2008-09 school year and allows students from low-income families in under-performing schools to enroll in private schools of their choice.
I graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in History (minor in Political Science) and the University of Wyoming with a Master of Public Administration. I am an experienced copywriter and content manager. I am also a former intern/research associate for the Education Policy Center at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado and have previously blogged for National School Choice Week.