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Emmeline Zhao
Emmeline Zhao is a former Huffington Post Associate Education Editor.

Before that she wrote for The Wall Street Journal's Economics desk. Emmeline studied at Duke University, where she earned a degree in Public Policy Studies and a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. She was News Editor for The Duke Chronicle, has worked for, and was a reporter for The Olympic News Service at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Entries by Emmeline Zhao

New York City Schools Stand To Lose $450 Million As Bloomberg, Teachers Union Fail To Reach Evaluation Deal

(120) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 2:51 PM

New York City stands to lose up to $450 million in funding as tense negotiations between the city and teachers union fell apart on an evaluation plan before a midnight deadline.

The announcement came early Thursday afternoon from United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, who said Mayor Michael Bloomberg...

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Obama On Guns: School Police Should Be Funded By Federal Government, But Not Required

(591) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 11:01 AM

President Barack Obama's recommendations in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting leaves questions about school safety mostly to schools to answer.

"We won't be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events,...

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'Why I Hate School But Love Education' Viral Video Points To Stupid In America And All The Wrong Questions

(112) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 3:37 PM

English rapper-poet Suli Breaks is out with a video that's taking the Internet by storm, and young people are loving it.

"Why I Hate School But Love Education" has received nearly half a million views since it was posted to YouTube on Sunday. The young, educated...

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Kids Count Youth And Work Report: Number Of Young Adults Out Of School, Work Hits Half-Century High

(839) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor working, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report warns of a future of chronic unemployment due to a continuing failure to educate and train America's youth in needed skills.

The most...

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Hurricane Sandy Gas Station Crisis Sees Solution From New Jersey High School Students

(23) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 8:54 PM

The millions out of power in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy have been struggling to find gas stations still open with resources. But one group of high school students in New Jersey have -- overnight -- devised a solution.

Members of IMSOCIO at Franklin High School gathered Wednesday night to...

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Chicago Teacher Strike: Boston And Philadelphia Weigh In

(17) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 6:01 PM

The contentious relationship between Chicago's teachers' union and its mayor continues to fuel the Windy City labor and education dispute, say out-of-state observers involved in similar past negotiations. If history is any indication, they add, it's likely that the teachers' strike there could have been avoided.

While the two sides...

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Chicago Teachers Strike Suspended, Students Head Back To School Wednesday

(3050) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 3:40 PM

The Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday to suspend the city's first teachers strike in 25 years, ending a now week-and-a-half-long protest that has kept the city's 350,000 students out of school for seven days.

The decision comes after more than two hours of closed-door talks among union members, and two...

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Chicago Teachers Strike Continues Into New Week As Union, City Fail To Strike Deal

(2476) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 7:42 PM

The Chicago Teachers Union delegates decided Sunday night not to accept a deal for a new contract from Chicago Public Schools and made plans to resume negotiations Tuesday, effectively prolonging the weeklong teachers strike and ensuring that school would not be in session for the city's public school students for...

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Chicago Teachers Strike May Near End As Union Releases Deal

(3784) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 1:58 AM

Rahm Emanuel is giving away the farm.

A deal is on the table Saturday night to end a nearly weeklong Chicago teachers strike, though classes could still be canceled Monday as the union's House of Delegates reviews the proposal.

If a press release from the Chicago Teachers...

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Chicago Teachers Strike: Union, Emanuel Disagree On Bottom Line

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 2:19 AM

On Monday, Chicago's public school students won't have any classes to go to.

After weeks of negotiations, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's team and the Chicago Teacher's Union failed to agree on a contract. On Sunday night, CTU officially announced it was going to strike for the first time in a quarter...

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Chicago Teachers Strike: Union, Emanuel Disagree On Bottom Line

(10570) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 2:19 AM

On Monday, Chicago's public school students won't have any classes to go to.

After weeks of negotiations, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's team and the Chicago Teacher's Union failed to agree on a contract. On Sunday night, CTU officially announced it was going to strike for the first time in a quarter...

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California Teacher Ratings Should Be Released Publicly, Parents Say In New Survey

(283) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 6:12 PM

While teachers and most education reformers remain highly uncomfortable with having test-based teacher evaluations aired in public, one survey suggests parents take a different view.

In a new SurveyUSA news poll that asked 500 California adults about "releasing performance ratings of California public school teachers," 65 percent responded that they...

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'Pink Slime' For Lunch: Schools Can Opt Out Of Ammonia-Treated Ground Beef Filler

(707) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 2:54 PM

"Pink slime" might soon have a leaner presence in public schools than many might have initially anticipated.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it will offer schools an option between two types of ground meat to purchase for student meals. The move is in response to...

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New York City Teacher Ratings: Teacher Data Reports Publicly Released Amid Controversy

(1552) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 12:46 PM

The New York City Department of Education released today a list of individual ratings of thousands of the city's schoolteachers, a move that concludes a lengthy legal battle waged by the local teachers' union and media.

The Teacher Data Reports rate more than 12,000 teachers who taught fourth through eighth...

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Sasha Grey Filmmaker To Donate 'Anal Artists' Proceeds To Read Across America, NEA Declines

(731) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Talk about dirty money. American schools and educational programs might be drowning from lack of funding, but being deep in the red isn't deterring one group from publicly rejecting money tied to a pornographic film star.

Former adult film star Sasha Grey made education headlines last November when she...

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James Wilson, Former Georgia Schools Superintendent, Caught On Tape Bullying State Official Over Cheating Probe

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 12:22 PM

A former Georgia school superintendent at two districts has been caught on tape bullying and threatening a state education official. The recording was acquired by Atlanta's WSBTV under the state open records act.

James Wilson, formerly the superintendent for the school districts in Cobb and Fulton Counties, tells...

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California Elementary Schools Don't Provide High-Quality Science Education, Report Says

(42) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 1:51 PM

California, home to some of the world's leading engineers, tech companies and research institutions, is failing to provide high-quality science education to public elementary school students, according to new research.

Just 10 percent of elementary school classrooms provide regular hands-on science experiments, and 40 percent of elementary teachers say they...

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High School Dropout Rates For Minority And Poor Students Disproportionately High

(146) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Debate over the No Child Left Behind revision continues on the Senate floor as lawmakers attempt to find middle ground on how the education law should be changed, and how it can best serve students and teachers while improving the American education system.

At the bottom of discussions...

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Atlanta Public Schools: Cheating Teachers Face First Punishments

(3) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:55 PM

About a dozen Atlanta educators implicated in the district's cheating scandal find out Thursday whether Georgia education officials will strip them of their teaching certificates, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Thursday's decisions will mark the first round of punishments being handed to any of the 180 APS employees...

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Minneapolis Foreclosures Have Cost Public Schools $150 Million, Study Says

(162) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 11:32 AM

The housing crisis has cost Minneapolis Public Schools $150 million in state funding as students were forced to move from the area after their families' homes were foreclosed, according to a new report.

The report, by nonprofit advocacy group Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, found that there have...

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