Bracing for Zika

Doctors in Puerto Rico, and across the United States, are preparing for the births of the first babies with known exposure to the Zika virus in their first trimester, according to a New York Times article published on September 26, 2016. The article, “Doctors Brace for Zika Babies,” highlights efforts to help the Pediatric community prepare for Zika; including the establishment of a network of pediatric health care providers and a recent meeting of pediatric experts and subspecialists held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics. [More]

Hartford Performs featured in The New York Times

Hartford Performs launched in the 2009-2010 academic year in select Hartford schools as a pilot program designed to encourage student success through arts-integrated, standards-based learning. Following the inaugural year, PCG Education collaborated with Hartford Performs to conduct a three-year evaluation examining the program’s implementation and impact in Hartford Schools from 2010 to 2013. The resulting Summary of Impact Report revealed (among other findings) higher reading and writing scores for participating students compared to their peers. [More]

School districts struggle to find teachers

An August 10, 2015 New York Times article reports that, as the school year begins, many school districts across the country are struggling to find teachers. The shortage of teachers is, reportedly, most acute in math, science, and special education; bilingual teachers are also increasingly difficult to find to address the growing number of English learners entering public schools. [More]

School Officials Convicted of Cheating on State Tests

On April 1, 2015, 11 former Atlanta Public Schools (APS) officials were convicted of racketeering and other charges stemming from allegations of widespread cheating on state tests by giving answers to students and/or changing students’ incorrect answers. One official was acquitted of all charges. Ten of the convicted officials were immediately jailed pending sentencing on April 8; the remaining convicted official was released on bail pending sentencing, due to her pregnancy and the immediacy of her delivery date. [More]

Collective Bargaining Rights at Risk for Teachers

Legislators and governors in several states are proposing to limit or eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees including teachers. Limiting collective bargaining rights for teachers will likely strengthen the decision-making authority of school managers with regard to matters such as teachers’ pay, evaluations, retention and tenure. [More]