Education

American Center for Transforming Education

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Back to school concept
Back to school concept

K-12 Redesign: School Calendar

The United States continues to place subpar among developed nations for K-12 student performance. Not surprisingly, U.S. students receive fewer education hours over the course of a year than those they lag behind. A revamping of the K-12 school calendar is in order. Read More ›
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Boy and girl studies at home, wear protective masks, and doing school homework. Distance learning online education.
Boy and girl studies at home, wear protective masks, and doing school homework. Distance learning online education.

A Win For Private Schools

Democratic politicians and teacher union leaders are joined at the hip. For example, the National Education Association spent $23 million during the 2020 election cycle, with 99% allocated to Democratic candidates. Similarly, 98.6% of the American Federation of Teachers’ nearly $10.7 million in political contributions went to Democrats. In turn, teacher unions can expect unwavering Democratic support for their union agendas. Read More ›
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Washington State Capitol Building
Washington State Capitol Building

Washington’s Students are Losing in this Power Struggle

Governor Inslee and Superintendent Reykdal, responsible for K-12 public education throughout Washington State, are personally experiencing the business side of the monster they’ve until now tried to appease — the Washington Education Association (WEA). Read More ›
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Smart professor ansqwering question of one of his students by blackboard
Smart professor ansqwering question of one of his students by blackboard

A Fix to Teacher Shortages: The K-12 Adjunct Teacher

There’s been talk for years of a teacher shortage. This problem could become acute in the aftermath of the pandemic. Can school budgets absorb declining enrollment even while payroll costs creep up? What will happen to technical subjects and special education with fewer certified teachers? Read More ›
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Flags of different countries
Flags of different countries

K-12 Redesign: A Financial Overhaul

The United States leads the world in K-12 education spending yet lags behind 25 other developed nations in K-12 student achievement. Read More ›
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P20210121AS-0485: President Joe Biden walks along the Colonnade Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

$130 Billion & First 100 Days

President Biden promised to reopen K-12 public schools within his first 100 days in office. His current proposal entails $130 billion of funding toward this end. Will the teacher unions determine this massive funding sufficient and get their teachers back on campus and in classrooms? Read More ›
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Back To School Concept - Books And Pencil With Apple On Table
Back To School Concept - Books And Pencil With Apple On Table

It’s Time to Rethink School

As we enter spring, we approach almost one full year since most of our country’s schools shut their doors. Teachers, parents, and students were forced to adjust to an entirely new way of learning. In some cases, it worked reasonably well. But unfortunately, even the most successful experiences were still not as engaging nor effective as in-class instruction. Read More ›
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P20210121AS-0485: President Joe Biden walks along the Colonnade Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

$130 Billion & First 100 Days

President Biden promised to reopen K-12 public schools within his first 100 days in office. His current proposal entails $130 billion of funding toward this end. Will the teacher unions determine this massive funding sufficient and get their teachers back on campus and in classrooms? Read More ›
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The used medical face mask hangs on the wood lecture chairs in the empty classroom. Concept during the Coronavirus disease COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic in the 2020s. Back to school concept.
The used medical face mask hangs on the wood lecture chairs in the empty classroom. Concept during the Coronavirus disease COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic in the 2020s. Back to school concept.

Perfect Time for a K-12 Redesign

K-12 public education, already in crisis pre-COVID-19, is on a steep downward trajectory — with the severe lack of instruction time, staggering learning loss, alarming dropout numbers, and serious student disengagement. With half of the schools closed nationwide, just six weeks shy of a full year of no in-person instruction, it's the perfect time for a K-12 redesign. Read More ›
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coronavirus fears close schools worldwide amid the virus pandemic outbreak, school closed or shutdown concept

Time to Expand Our Reach

The coronavirus pandemic, which brought schools nationwide to a sudden close, half of which have yet to reopen, has shaken up K-12 public education. Yet with this setback, we also have an opportunity to provide meaningful, lasting transformation to our education system to a greater degree. Read More ›