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Students Debate Free Speech: Does The U.S. Constitution Protect Bad Hair Days?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A week before voters go to the polls, the two opposing campaigns squared off on a questio...

In Second Year, Teacher Evaluations Ease Out 28 Educators

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. NEW HAVEN, CONN. -- Of the 58 teachers flagged as low-performing last academic year, the ...

Turnaround School Takes History Class To The Streets

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students led their teachers out of school, onto a city bus, and to a housing complex they...

Turnaround School Gives Struggling, 'Misfit' Students A Second Chance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Alex Nembhard squeezed the vise grips to break free a rusted bolt on a kid's bicycle, as ...

In Connecticut Turnaround School, Teens Get To Assign Their Own Homework

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Solanlly Canas had to tackle some tough math problems at home—and she had herself to th...

School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. They set out to invent a new kind of school. They created a national model—then failed ...

Report: School Officials Led Cheating, Rule-Bending 'Culture'

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Officials dropped a bomb Monday night right before the opening of the academic year: They...

School Run By Teachers, Union, Ditches Factory 'Assembly Line' Learning

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Sixty-five freshmen are about to embark on a new journey to reimagine a high school educa...

City Mayor: College Scholarship Program Results 'Disappointing'

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Of the 115 city kids who scored New Haven Promise scholarships last year, 71 made it thro...

Teacher Union Boss Bends To School Reform Winds

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education

By James B. Kelleher DETROIT, July 31 (Reuters) - In the maelstrom of criticism surrounding America's unionized public teachers, the w...

New Teaching Artist Institute Launched by San Diego Young Audiences

John M. Eger | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
John M. Eger

Art integration or teaching all disciplines through the arts, is gaining credibility in San Diego, and the Young Audiences effort here portends yet another victory for those advocating more art integration in the schools.

Unlikely Academic Overcame Obstacles, Now Helping Struggling Students

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. After her brother was killed by gunfire, and with no parents to turn to for help, Patrici...

Connecticut To Implement New Online Testing System In 2014

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

State officials are hopeful that by the 2014-15 school year, the bubble-in pencil and paper Connecticut Mastery Test taken by third- through eighth-gr...

Union President Blasts 'Not Credible' Data Dump

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's teachers union president Wednesday boycotted the unveiling of new school data...

Who's Bullying Who?

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

While we must be prepared to seriously tackle the issue of schoolyard bullying, we must also start to look at this through a different lens.

Teacher Sparks Fury, Allegedly Called Student 'Black Boy'

Posted 06.10.2012 | Education

Kathleen Pyles, a math teacher at North End Middle School in Waterbury, Conn., is on paid leave while school officials investigate allegations that sh...

College-Going 'Culture' Takes Root In Low-Enrollment Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Cheers arose for a new effort to get high school seniors into college—cheers, though as...

Secretary Duncan Owes an Apology to Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.

Duncan Seeks Advice: How To Have More Teachers 'Clamouring' For Low-Performing Schools?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. As Obama's top school official came to a city turnaround school Tuesday, he popped a ques...

Teacher Appreciation -- More Than Just a Week?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Teacher Appreciation Week soon will be over. Will America's teachers continue to be subjected to degradation and prevented from having a meaningful say in their profession? Or will their dedication and desire to help kids be respected?

Prison Guard's Help Needed Back At School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. "Mr. LeSane, Jason needs you!" the assistant principal called out across the cafeteria. ...

Future Principal Tackles Hallway Hangouts

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. The problem: middle-schoolers are hanging out in the halls, coming late to class. The sol...

Parents To Help Pick New Principals

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In what may become a universal practice, parents from Edgewood Magnet School will have a ...

Breakfast In The Classroom Changing Student Performance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In the first month of a new experiment inside a Dixwell school, the number of kids eating...

Schools Find Time For Art Amid Test Prep, Education Reform

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Arts leaders who fear that testing is squeezing out creative learning may find some hope ...