School Reform @ BellaOnline Your site for information on changes and initiatives for students, famiilies, teachers and administrators involved in PreK-12 education and tips on what parents can do to ensure that their child is actually being educated. en-us Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:32:39 EST 240 School Reform @ BellaOnline Firing Teachers Won't Improve U.S. Education Judging by responses to a recent NPR report on a lawsuit to make it easier to fire California teachers, many members of the public seem to see public school teachers as a species of self-sacrificing missionaries dedicated to acting as surrogate parents to every child who enters their classroom. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:00:33 EST The Testing Opt-Out Movement Parents and teachers distressed by the effect of ever-increasing state-mandated standardized testing of younger and younger children are at the heart of a grassroots movement to resist what they see as a mindless process that has little to do with education or the mental well-being of children. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 05:14:16 EST Criticism of Reform Not Welcome Top-tier reformers like Arne Duncan and state superintendents don't want to listen to the valid criticisms of parents, principals, and teachers. They meet complaints by taking the high ground, equating their untried, testing-heavy education reforms with the moral struggle for civil rights. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:25:42 EST