We would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a happy new year and to thank you all for your readership. There is plenty more research and analysis in the pipeline for 2013. In the meantime, here are our most-viewed blog posts and videos from 2012.
The Tartans: The Story of the Sciotoville Community Schools
The Tartans is the story of Portsmouth East High School in South Eastern Ohio. Portsmouth City school district was going to close the facility in 2000—until the community rallied to form a charter school, thereby saving the school from shuttering. The Fordham Foundation has sponsored Sciotoville Community School and Sciotoville Elementary Academy's since July 2011.
Is American Education Coming Apart?
For all the talk of gaps in achievement, opportunity, and funding between ethnic and racial groups in American education, a different divide may also be splitting our schools and our future. In his acclaimed and controversial recent book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, scholar/pundit/provocateur Charles Murray describes a widening class schism. In this Fordham LIVE! event, he delivered a lecture on what that divide means for U.S. schools and education policy.
The Price of the Common Core
Amber Winkler discusses the findings of Fordham's 2012 report Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core, which outlines three models that states and local school districts could follow when implementing the new Common Core State Standards.