It's a big day for education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke with a Senate committee to discuss the Obama administration's blueprint for overhauling the No Child Left Behind Act.
Obama's overhaul comes as a debate is stirring nationwide about the best way to help fix the nation's worst schools. Education systems are struggling to find a way to make the best changes for students while battling large financial and budget crises.
Today, officials from the Detroit School announced that as part of their $1 billion plan to revamp their system, they will close 44 schools. CNN affiliate WXYZ has full details of the plan, which schools are impacted and location reaction to the decision.
Detroit's announcement follows others around the country. Kansas City, Missouri, schools decided to shutter failing schools and a Rhode Island school decided to fire all of its teachers in an attempt to make the school better, leaving educators, parents and experts weighing in on the current state of the education system.
All of the announcements have garnered widespread and differing reaction. Esther Wojcicki, a teacher at Palo Alto High School in California for the past 25 years, said the key to fixing schools shouldn't be firing teachers and starting over, similar to what Rhode Island is doing, but instead, working with teachers to improve the current system.
Sir Ken Robinson says our education system works like a factory - he believes it's based on models of mass production and conformity that actually prevent kids from finding their passions and succeeding. There's a better answer in his mind - focusing on personal development instead of a one-size-fits-all aproach.
But in the midst of the discussion of the bad, there are also some schools that seem to be effective in making a difference - though they're struggling financially. That is the case of MyYeshiva, a school in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, that aims to help kids who are "stuck in the middle" but haven't given up. It also focuses on special-needs children.
What about the schools in your area? How are they performing and what do you think needs to be done to help fix the current educational system? Weigh in on iReport.