Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on July 16, 2014
Its mid-July and summer break is more than half over for schoolkids and teachers. Time to take those day trips to the beach or camp under the big trees or live a little history in Columbia State Historic Park.
Cant get away? Get a book, try a new game, have the kids make lunch and help you post it on Facebook. Google paper airplanes, try different styles and try to figure out why some fly better, turn faster, crash instantly.
I confess, not every day was a teddy bear picnic when my kids were little, but seizing the day was a high priority in summer, just like it is for a lot of families. Turns out, all that time spent just keeping myself and the kids entertained was good educational strategy, warding off summer learning loss.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 9, 2014
Results of a first-ever international test of 15-year-olds’ financial savvy released Wednesday shows plenty of room for improvement in U.S. schools.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 3, 2014
For Independence Day week, the nation’s growing confusion over Common Core standards seemed like a good topic to tackle.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 2, 2014
Faster action in egregious cases of misconduct by teachers has been signed into law. Teachers, too, are applauding AB 215, a reform that addresses concerns of a controversial case that also took on teacher tenure and seniority. A new poll finds public opinion is solidly behind changing those laws as well.
Posted by Nan Austin on June 19, 2014
Last week June 15, tucked away in a budget trailer bill, the legislature passed language that, if voters pass a rainy day fund initiative in November, would make it illegal for most districts to hold more than 6 percent in reserve, enough to cover less than three weeks’ expenses.
Posted by Nan Austin on June 18, 2014
Reporter Nan Austin takes part in a national radio show with state and national experts, giving an on-the-ground view of a court decision against some California teacher job protections.
Posted by Nan Austin on May 28, 2014
Kids’ summer dress code calls for staying cool, but school dress codes are focused on keeping everyone cool. Reading the long list of what campuses ban gives a chilling peek into what for most of us is another world.