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Shavar Jeffries | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I can't help but think of how a single choice changed the course my life and how differently things would...

SOTU 2016: President Obama's Education Legacy

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 02.06.2016 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

Tonight President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address, where he will reflect on the incredible progress made during the past seven...

New California Bill Would Have Unions Decide About Using Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22 (Reuters) - The degree to which student test scores in California could be used to ev...

Joy Resmovits

How Bill De Blasio May Be Helping Charter Schools More Than Some Republicans | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Last fall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) waged his successful populist campaign in part on reversing his predecessor Michael Bloo...

With Liberty and Justice for All? Not in Maricopa County

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 09.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Christina M. Martínez

Looking within my home state, I am reminded of how far we have to go to fully actualize the dream that generations of leaders like our Founding Fathers, Dr. King, and thousands of others have fought so hard to make a reality.

Why Chicago Teachers Support the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Why wouldn't teachers stand up to abusive corporations that reap windfall profits while providing poverty-level jobs for students and their families?

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Rand Paul Teaming Up With Dems? For This Cause, He Thinks It's Worth It | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) explores the possibility of a presidential run, he's trying his hand at something that's become a rite of passage for t...

An 'A' Should Be an 'A' no Matter Where You Go to School

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Christina M. Martínez

We need to prepare our kids for their futures and provide them with the tools necessary to enter college and the workforce -- and to compete against students not only across the country but across the world. But, we have a lot of work to do in Arizona to get there.

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Michelle Rhee's Group Wades Into Michigan Union Fight | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Michelle Rhee is jumping into another union battle -- this time in Michigan. As Washington, D.C. schools chief, Rhee sparred with American Federati...

Steve Jobs, Donald Trump Donations Help Emanuel Take On Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Donors to Emanuel's 2011 campaign included Republicans * Teachers union was hostile to his run for mayor * Contributio...

The Naked Ideology of School Reform

Mark Cassello | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Mark Cassello

If Chicagoans fail to recognize the deeper systemic issues underlying their failing schools, the teachers' strike may play right into the hands of Emanuel, who stands to profit politically, and the charter school corporations, which stand to profit financially.

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Weingarten On Rhee: 'I'd Be The First To Welcome Her If She Actually Changed' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

The day after Michelle Rhee's education lobbying group, StudentsFirst, got dumped by progressive petition site because of intense pressure ...

Group Writes Scathing Report: What Kind Of President Would Romney Be On Education?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

President Barack Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney haven't been talking much about education's toughest questions aside from recent attention o...

Teacher Job Satisfaction Plummets (Perhaps Teacher-Bashing Isn't Productive)

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

None of us would want to have our job performance judged on an outcome that we don't really control. But that's where teachers now find themselves.

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10 Years Of No Child Left Behind: Was It Worth It? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.06.2012 | Education

When President George W. Bush joined congressmen John Boehner, George Miller and Edward Kennedy to sign the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002, ...

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Meet America's New Education Lobby | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

Meet the new education lobby. It's ambitious, expansive and, in some cases, modeling itself after sprawling single-issue lobbying organizations lik...

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Standardized Tests To Weigh Less On Teachers, N.Y. Judge Rules | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Teachers unions have the right to collectively bargain over almost every component of teacher evaluations, an Albany County (N.Y.) Suprem...

Saying NO to Vouchers

Emily Sirota | Posted 10.16.2011 | Denver
Emily Sirota

While the Douglas County ruling against vouchers is great news, the bad news is that we may face a similar attempt to undermine our public schools right here in Denver.

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Illinois Teacher Accountability Now Official | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education

With the flick of Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) wrist, an Illinois law that changes the rules governing how teachers can be hired and fired became official Mon...

The Campaign to Discredit Michelle Rhee

Richard Whitmire | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

With last week's greatly downgraded assessment of "cheating" in Washington, D.C. schools, we need a referee to call a strike count on the campaign to smear former chancellor Michelle Rhee.

And Never the Twain Shall Meet?

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

The deepening political divide on the Denver school board and elsewhere in the education world is often described as 'reformers' vs. 'non-reformers.' Let's dispose of those meaningless labels.