Could a State Takeover Help Chicago's Struggling Public Schools?
Chicago’s public schools are in trouble. Nearly $6 billion in debt, the district staved off immediate financial collapse this month only by selling $725 million in bonds to Wall Street at an unusually high interest rate.
Daniel Bisaccio, lecturer in education and director of science education, has co-authored a paper urging a broader imperative for STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — education. The paper, which appears in the “Perspectives” section of this month's PLOS Biology, examines previous research that makes the case for STEM education as an important factor in economic prosperity. Bisaccio’s paper suggests that there are also other reasons why STEM education should be encouraged.
Senior Lecturer Luther Spoehr is a long-time member of the Rhode Island Historical Society's Board of Trustees. He currently serves as Second Vice-President and chairs the RIHS's Publications Committee.
From Senior Lecturer Luther Spoehr's review of Seth Rosenfeld’s Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power (FSG, 2012): "For aficionados of the abuse of power, J Edgar Hoover’s FBI is a gift that keeps on giving. Every time it seems that there can’t be anything left to reveal, somebody turns over a rock and out crawls another law-breaking, ethics-ig
That is the question that Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay set out to answer in a recent article published in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis along with former UEP faculty member Martin R. West. Although the authors found little to no performance differences in the short term, the findings suggested that the teachers in the residency program had a substantial increase in mathematics effectiveness by the fourth or fifth year of teaching. However, the authors concluded that over the long term there would only be moderate gains.
Jin Li, Associate Professor of Education and Human Development, was recently asked to share her expertise on Minnesota Public Radio. The topic of the article and radio interview focused on differences in cultural beliefs about education and learning.
In July, the Tri-State Consortium, an organization that supports high performing public school districts in the New York metropolitan area, held a two-day conference at Brown exploring the degree to which existing high school math and science curricula prepare students for rigorous college level work.
Professor Kenneth Wong's comments on Chicago's first teacher strike in 25 years were included in a report by Reuters. Wong observed the emergence of a new breed of urban mayors and discussed their new strategies on urban school reform.