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Common Core Curriculum -- Who's on Board? Who's Not?

Mike Klonsky | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

A diverse group has coalesced around the idea that there is or ought to be a common culture, expressed through the school curriculum, tying together the country's education system.

Texas Turmoil: Thousands Of Educators Protest Budget Cuts At Capitol

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As spring break kicks off, thousands of educators from around the state are hardly vacationing. Instead, they're protesting budget cuts at the state c...

Interviewing the New NYC Schools Chancellor (Animated Video)

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dan Brown

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set off shockwaves when he picked media executive Cathie Black to be the next chancellor of New York City's public schools. As...

You Don't Have to Deny the Arts To Succeed: MS223 in The South Bronx, a 2010 Intel School of Distinction

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard Kessler

Ramon Gonzalez and his faculty at MS223 have managed to take time from test prep for reading and math to build in exchange for a quality arts program,...

Marcus Baram

Is Teachers Union Scrubbing Al Shanker's Legacy? | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

This story has been updated The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union in the country, claims to respect the legacy of lo...

Amanda Terkel

Teachers Unions Pile On Jim DeMint | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joining several LGBT and women's rights organizations, the nation's two major teachers unions are now coming out and criticizing Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-...

Even Superman Can't Save Us

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

You are going to be hearing a lot about a film called Waiting for Superman. It's directed by Davis Guggenheim, who made An Inconvenient Truth, and its focus is school reform.

Waiting for Superman

Jimmy Demers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jimmy Demers

I recently saw a screening of a film that contained a lot of knowledge and information, a documentary called Waiting for Superman. It stirred within me a sense of "What if?"

Netroots-Labor Solidarity: A Work in Progress

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

there is substantially more discussion in the blogosphere about cultural issues (whatever stupid thing Sarah Palin said today) important to urban professionals on the East and West Coast than trade issues important to steelworkers in the Midwest.

The most dangerous man in America

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonie Haimson

Bill Gates sure is a popular guy. He is appearing this afternoon at the national conference of the American Federation of Teachers in Seattle, after ...

HuffPost Review: The Lottery

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sackler's documentary follows Harlem families who rely on luck to ensure their children's education -- each family puts the child's name into a lottery at one of Harlem's charter school marvels.

Charter schools: Public education's savior?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Making a documentary is always a crapshoot, but Madeleine Sackler is hoping she'll get a little help from the headline. Sackler's documentary, The Lo...

Why Do Republicans Love to Bash Teachers?

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Many charter schools are great but they are nowhere near a comprehensive solution for the mass-scale crisis of equity and opportunity in America's schools.

Educating for Democracy: Randi Weingarten's Faustian Bargain

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

More nationwide use of "standardized test scores" troubles me, since they are being so often abused and misused these days in Mayor Bloomberg's administration of the public schools.

Overhyping Teach For America, Undercutting Millions of Students

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

I'm concerned that Teach for America is being propped up by many as a cure-all for America's education woes, when it is nothing of the kind.

Cuts Hurt: The Long-Term Ill Effects of Shortsighted Education Cuts

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

When the economy catches a cold, our schools get pneumonia. Today, pneumonia is spreading from state to state, and our students are suffering the symptoms.

David Brooks Made Me Wring My Hands: Obama and His Education Secretary Pick

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

In his most recent op-ed, David Brooks offers Americans a false choice between two distinct camps of education interests. Here's hoping our new president will sweep aside that brand of discourse.

"Reinvest, Don't Disinvest" in Education: Randi Weingarten Takes the National Stage

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Weingarten's speech was an impassioned call to spare the hatchet -- or scalpel -- in federal funding for education.

Videos of the Labor 2008 Program to Elect Pro-Worker Candidates!

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Here are some fun videos that show you our core program elements.

"The Great Expectations School" Paperback Gets AFT President Randi Weingarten's Endorsement

Dan Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Brown

Classrooms are ready-made for great stories. Comprised of twenty-some children and one adult, bound by a common mission, they are intersections of you...

"Bottom Up" vs. "Trickle Down"

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

We tried it McCain's way. We cut taxes on rich people. We waited for it to "trickle down." We let the "market" decide. Guess what? The market failed.

Our Union: Fostering Reform To Improve Schools

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Good teachers usually have good ideas about what it takes to better their schools, help other teachers, or improve education across their communities. But turning those good ideas into reality isn't easy.

Illuminating Public Schools' Possibilities: "Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way"

Dan Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Brown

What happens when a teacher decides to disregard the canned standards and the stacks of test prep materials? Do the students wallow in ignorance, cheated out of a proper education by an "activist" teacher?

The Endless Potential of the Labor Movement and a Strong President to Revive America's Economy and Its Middle Class

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Those who care about our economy and the conditions under which many children are being raised in our country today need to be reminded that when unions are strong, the country thrives.