Eric Westervelt appears in the following:
Sunday, January 26, 2014
A potentially landmark lawsuit goes to trial Monday in California. At issue: whether job protections for public school teachers undermine a student's constitutional right to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit see it as a potential model for challenging teacher protection laws in other states. Unions and state officials say the lawsuit demonizes teachers and has no merit.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
More than 60 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through grade 5 reported increased security precautions, according to a recent poll. It was the first national survey since the 1999 Columbine tragedy to ask parents how schools reacted to a mass shooting.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
In a new poll, parents complain that their children are not getting nearly enough time for a basic school ritual: eating lunch. And that's worrying parents and administrators, given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Close to 40 percent of kids in Philadelphia live in poverty — but discussion of the link between poverty and student achievement is almost absent from an ongoing debate to fix schools. Public health and education experts say poverty and hunger undermine children's development.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Schools nationwide are under growing pressure to add instructional time, and recess is often one of the first things to get squeezed — particularly in low-income districts. But some schools are pushing back, embracing play time and physical activity as central to learning.
Friday, November 01, 2013
As more school districts roll out tablet computers to students, they're debating how much to restrict access to certain websites and games. Some districts shut down wide parts of the Internet, but others are trying to take a more nuanced approach.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Coachella Valley Unified, a predominantly low-income, agricultural school district in California, is giving every student an iPad. The initiative highlights the problems that districts across the country are facing as they attempt to bring personalized, digital learning to their schools.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have different ideas about how to address Europe's financial turmoil. Their relationship will help set the tone for what happens next in Europe.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Laws in Hungary have criminalized homelessness at a time when the country is in financial crisis and poverty is on the rise. Homeless advocates say the laws are too harsh, but proponents argue the crackdown is a necessary step in the road to cleaning up the country.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Despite a series of austerity measures, Greece will not meet its budget targets for this year or next. The news sends European and American stock markets tumbling yet again.