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Bettina Elias Siegel

Congressman Jared Polis Revisits 'Pizza = School Food Vegetable'

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted May 16, 2012

One of the most dismaying aspects of the recent passage of new federal school meal standards was the collective caving by Congress to pressure from various food manufacturers seeking to protect profits.

The most notorious of these episodes was the fight over the continued classification of pizza as a school...

Joseph Hill

Why are Education Apps Built by the Lowest Builder?

Joseph Hill | Posted May 16, 2012

Being an app developer is not easy (full disclosure, I am one). Most of the time, they have a vision for a great app and decide to sit down over the course of weeks and build it themselves (because they can code) or they will more than likely...

Art Markman, Ph.D.

Creativity, Persistence and Working Memory

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted May 16, 2012

On Sunday nights, I play in the horn section of a blues band. Each week, musicians come from all over town to play with us. So, over the course of the night, I get many opportunities to hear people play solos on a variety of instruments. And sometimes, I am...

Steve Mariotti

Modern Business Tools for the Young Entrepreneur:

Steve Mariotti | Posted May 16, 2012

What does today's young entrepreneur need in order to succeed?

In part one of this series, we discussed how personal support and mentoring encourage young kids who have an idea to push it forward and pursue their dream.

In part two, we'll be taking...

Carolyn Laub

Why Zero Tolerance Is Not the Solution to School Bullying

Carolyn Laub | Posted May 16, 2012

Last month an Indianapolis teenager named Darnell "Dynasty" Young brought a stun gun to his high school and fired it into the air.

On Tuesday Young was expelled. Problem solved. He got what he deserved, right?

Nope. In fact, problem aggravated, and not just because Young, an openly...

Steven Kurlander

State of Florida Prefers to Ignore Reality Behind Poor FCAT Scores

Steven Kurlander | Posted May 16, 2012

Florida parents and educators got some really bad news recently when the results of the 2012 FCAT writing tests were released by state education officials.

This year, only 27 percent of third graders got a passing grade of 4 out of 6 on this year's exam, compared to...

Jennifer Mishory

$1,000,000,000,000: How Did We Get Here?

Jennifer Mishory | Posted May 16, 2012

Part II of an ongoing series on student debt.

Anthony Hatfield can't afford to pay his student loans. And he has about $130,000 worth. A graduate of Ball State University, the Indianapolis entrepreneur started his own business two years ago and is working to grow it.

"I would love...

The Center for Public Integrity

Education Department issues guidelines for restraining, isolating disruptive students

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted May 18, 2012


In response to simmering concerns over reported abuses, the U.S. Department of Education issued multiple guidelines Tuesday for how schools...

James Franco

On Commencement Speeches

James Franco | Posted May 16, 2012

The New York Observer -- a newspaper owned by Donald Trump's son-in-law that is perhaps best known for publishing a sex column in the mid-1990s -- took issue with a piece I wrote in The Huffington Post about ghost tours in New Orleans.

This was...

John Merrow

A Pot Luck Meal Of Ideas

John Merrow | Posted May 16, 2012

Remember pot-luck suppers, when everyone brought a dish or two? What follows is the the equivalent -- although substituting ideas for food. Because the last few entries on this blog have been pretty grim, this week I want to share some good stuff that has come across my...

Veronique Pittman

Third Graders Help Their School Win Green Cup Recycle Challenge

Veronique Pittman | Posted May 16, 2012

Pioneer Academy (PS 307Q), a Pre-K-4th grade school in Queens is the winner of the 2012 Green Cup RECYCLE Challenge, a national student-driven recycling competition for K-12 schools sponsored by the non-profit Green Schools Alliance (GSA).

Pioneer achieved "Recycling Champion" status by earning the highest...

Linda Rosen

Slow and Steady Will Not Win the Race

Linda Rosen | Posted May 16, 2012

The 2011 NAEP 8th-grade science results are both promising and disappointing.

On the bright side, the efforts of educators, business leaders and other science advocates are paying dividends, however small:

  • Scores are two points higher than they were in 2009.
  • 16 states have raised their scores while...
Dinu Ahmed

Bronx Parents and Community Members Protest Harsh Disciplinary Procedures

Dinu Ahmed | Posted May 16, 2012


Bronx, NY -- On Thursday, May 10th, 2012, the New Settlement Parent Action Committee assembled Bronx parents, students, educators, faith leaders, community organizations, and advocates in a large community march entitled "Education, Not Incarceration!" protesting current New York City Department...

Michael Jascz

Suspension Rates at a Washington School Drop 85%: Does Kindness Play a Role?

Michael Jascz | Posted May 16, 2012

If you haven't heard about Jim Sporleder, high school principal at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington, you soon will. Lincoln High is an alternative school -- a school of last resort some might say -- where many of the students have come from other schools where they had...

Jennifer S. Korn

Dream Bigger

Jennifer S. Korn | Posted May 16, 2012

With high school graduation approaching, we are reminded of the opportunity and promise of America. But for the children brought to this country by an undocumented family member -through no fault of their own - the promise of America is broken. Many did not even know they were not born...