This May, students from Third Future Schools were able to travel to our Nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. We had a whirlwind adventure exploring the rich history and culture of the heart of our Nation. From the White House to more museums and monuments than one can count, our students were able to see it all!
Traveling to Japan with our 8th grade students was an incredible experience that exposed us to the rich culture, traditions, and vibrant city life of this fascinating country. From enjoying a traditional tempura dinner to witnessing awe-inspiring ceremonies at the Meiji Shrine, our journey was filled with unforgettable moments and a deeper appreciation for Japan’s heritage.
A couple months ago, a story about Baltimore City Public Schools went viral when the public learned that 23 schools in the District had zero students scoring at a proficient level in math. A mother asked if there was anyone anywhere who would be willing to change this sad state of affairs. This news only strengthened the lawsuit against the District for failing to provide a good education for the city’s students. The District is failing to provide even an adequate education even though it spends over $20,000 per student.
Last week the National Bureau of Economic Research published two working papers about two reform initiatives my team and I put in place in the Dallas Independent School District while I was Superintendent there. One paper showed conclusively the positive effects of the principal and teacher pay-for-performance evaluation system and their ongoing positive impact on student achievement. The other demonstrated the success of the “ACE” program in attracting and retaining highly effective teachers in hard-to-staff schools. While earlier analyses have similarly shown the success of these major reform initiatives, the latest NBER papers are the most scientific.