A culture of accountability can keep schools focused on education

The Dallas Morning News is publishing a multi-part series on important issues for voters to consider as they choose a president this year. This is the fourth installment of our What’s at Stake series, and it focuses on American culture. Find the full series here.

What a year to be the parent of a child in the public school system. Of all the disruptions and heartaches caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the effect on how and where we educate our children has been among the most striking.

Though we are rightly distracted and stressed by this, we shouldn’t lose focus on what’s most essential in education, especially at the voting booth this fall. We need to keep our eye on what is key to our country’s future, and that is a quality education for all children.

Achievement gaps have persisted for way too long, leaving children of color, those

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Idaho’s Teacher of the Year immerses his students in language, learning and culture

Jorge Pulleiro is a Spanish teacher at Wood River Middle School in Hailey.

HAILEY, Idaho — A Spanish teacher at Wood River Middle School in Hailey has been tabbed as Idaho’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra surprised Jorge Pulleiro with the award Tuesday morning.

“For Jorge and his students, learning a language goes far beyond classroom conversations and learning how to conjugate verbs,” Ybarra said. “His work and philosophy exemplify the concept of Dual Immersion: English speakers absorb Spanish language and culture, and English language learners help and learn from their peers.

“His success is illustrated in his students’ engagement and high test scores, professional development for his fellow teachers, and cultural programs, such as Latin dance classes, that inspire great community involvement and support. His passion for learning is contagious.”

Shortly after joining the school’s Dual Immersion Spanish Language Arts program in 2012,

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KCS board of education talks virtual learning, disparities and school culture

Day one of the two day workshop presented updates on the strategic plan as well as areas of concern for this year.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — The Knox County Board of Education took a look at key issues across the system, and at the top of the list was virtual learning. However, the system said some of it’s earliest feedback proved positive. 

Things like student discipline within Microsoft Teams and attendance tracking proved to be a problem for some.

Officials also noted a potential for high failure rates for virtual students on that list, as well as concern over achievement potential. We asked Superintendent Bob Thomas about this.

“It would appear that some of our students that need in-person the most are in the virtual platform,” he said. 

He went on to say that the goal is to get more virtual students back in the classroom for the spring semester

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