Last month's election was monumental for young people in California. Voters approved the first statewide tax increase since 2004, dodging $6 billion in cuts that would have crippled our public schools and universities.
Parents should put pressure on the DOE to publish a complete inventory of physical education curricula, time and space allocated to physical education classes, along with the number of qualified teachers for each school.
From the Oval Office to the principal's office, leaders have worked for years to develop these partnerships in a concerted effort to close the achievement gap. Our recent experience suggests that some approaches are more effective than others.
Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.
It's impossible to watch Brooklyn Castle and think that a program like this and the kids who benefit from it should be sacrificed so multi-millionaires can get a tax cut, so hopefully this scrappy, inspiring doc and its chess wizards get all the attention they deserve.
For some reason, too many budget-writers seem to see afterschool and summer learning programs as add-ons, something that's nice to have when we can afford them, but not something we can pay for when times are tight. They're exactly wrong.
One half of New York City parents say they would feel forced to quit their job if their child no longer had access to child care. But despite the importance of these programs, the mayor's 2013 budget would cut subsidized child care.
If the incoming mayor really means to narrow achievement gaps, he or she must increase access to early childhood education, parenting supports, health and nutrition programs, and after-school and summer enrichment programs.
The volume of conversation about education has increased over the last few years, but what's often lost are the very real stories of the young people whose lives are impacted and the people and programs that are beating the odds.
Proposed new standards neatly encapsulate a decade of independent research: in order to truly benefit kids, after-school program activities should be based on planned and sequenced curricula that support specific learning and developmental goals.
Last week, Chris Romer said he wants to "make sure we put sports back into middle schools." This surprised me, because I had just watched my son, who plays on his DPS middle-school baseball team, lose badly.