Public School Policies
About “Finding Our Way Back to First”
The NAACP report, titled, “Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership by Educating All America’s Children,” identifies some of the solutions necessary for providing high quality education to all children in the United States. The report was drafted in response to concerns that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in the education spectrum on a global scale.
- Improving kindergarten preparedness through effective preschool programs
- Improving teacher training for more effective classroom instruction
- Longer school days that allow for more instructional time in the classroom
- More efficient targeting of funding, to provide for the neediest students
The Cost of Discipline
One survey recently conducted on discipline in public schools weighed the cost of such procedures. The non-profit organization Texas Appleseed recently released its findings after surveying 11 school districts in Texas to determine how much is spent on disciplinary programs and school security. According to the Statesman, the survey found that those school districts, which make up about one-fourth of all Texas schools, spend around $227 million annually on disciplinary procedures and security. This number includes spending on expulsions, suspensions, policing and alternative schools.
Introducing Yoga to California Students
One school district that has fully embraced the health benefits of yoga in public schools is Encinitas Union School District in North San Diego County, California. The North County Times reports that the yoga program has been going strong in some district schools over the past three years. This year, thanks to a $533,000 grant from the K.P. Jois USA Foundation, the program has now been expanded throughout the district.
What are Common Core Standards?
Common core standards were developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Standards were developed with input from educators and administrators from around the country. The standards focus on English Language Arts and Mathematics, but standards span across other core subjects taught in public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. There are even common core standards now in place for pre-kindergarten instruction to ensure every student is fully prepared to enter public school.
- Easy to understand and consistent
- Build on current standards for individual states
- Are competitive with standards in other top-performing countries
- Line up with current expectations for college and the workforce
- Include rigorous content and knowledge application
- Are evidence-based for easy assessment