Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the primary federal education law for K-12 public schools, was signed by George W. Bush a decade ago. Heralded by many as a great bipartisan agreement, NCLB ushered in a new era of accountability for public schools and, for the first time, required schools to show evidence of student achievement or face consequences.
NFL fans in every part of the country except New England and New York have taken their giant foam finger and team pennants and gone home. With hopes set on next season, now is the time for free agency, when team analysts and position coaches scour the country for players. Teams work feverishly to identify areas of need and fill them with the best players available.
“What happens if you design a school, from the ground-up, on the student instead of the bureaucracy?” ask creators of a short film about an Arizona charter school. The answer shouldn’t surprise you.
Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School, located in Yuma County, is the feature of a short film that highlights its innovative approach to education. Carpe Diem offers a “blended model” of schooling that includes face-to-face and computer-based instruction, where students rotate between online lessons and assignments and teacher-led sessions.
In 1965, The Four Tops released a follow-up to their hit single, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” with a number called “It’s the Same Old Song.” It was, actually, nearly the same song as “Can’t Help Myself,” admits singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir, as he and songwriter Lamont Dozier were in a rush to produce something and “reversed [‘Can’t Help Myself’] with the same chord changes” to write “Same Old Song.”