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Obama Administration Weighs In On Arming Teachers

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

The threat of an "active shooter" isn't justification for arming school personnel, the Obama administration said Tuesday, even as it acknowledged the ...

For-Profit College Trade Group: Protectors of Bad Behavior

David Halperin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
David Halperin

A trade association of for-profits college could work to advantage those honest member schools who actually are helping students to learn and train for careers. But APSCU, instead, appears to subscribe to the quick buck ethos of its biggest, wealthiest, most powerful members.

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.

Relationship Recognition Madness

Erez Aloni | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erez Aloni

And as a society, we should demand the equitable distribution of resources and benefits for all families, regardless of how we choose to configure them. Doing so promotes our best means of winning true, deeply-rooted equality for the LGBTQ community and for unmarried partners.

Student Loans -- Do Criminals Have More Rights?

Richard Gaudreau | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Richard Gaudreau

Student lenders have collection powers denied most creditors. Credit card companies can't garnish your wages without a court order. A federal student loan collector can garnish your wages just by sending a notice in the mail to your employer.

Sexual Harassment and Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
David Moshman

The topic of sexuality is subject to the same principles of academic freedom as any other topic. Sexual harassment is wrong because it is harassment, not because it is sexual.

EDGAR and the Two-Point Conversion

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

Once upon a time, there was a football player named EDGAR. His team was in the state championship. It was the fourth quarter, and they were down by se...

Shahien Nasiripour

Arne Duncan Signals Worry Over Student Debt Levels | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday expressed concern at record student debt levels, signaling growing worry within the Obama administr...

Education Policies Operating in the Dark

Diann Woodard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

More enlightened awareness of what is required in training and preparing school leaders and less simplistic rhetoric would go a long way toward getting education policy out of the dark and on the path of improving how schools are run.

Tyler Kingkade

Yale Faces Fine For Not Reporting Sex Crimes On Campus | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.16.2013 | College

Yale University faces a fine of $165,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for "serious and numerous" Clery Act violations, including failing to r...

A Message for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: EAA Is a Failed Experiment

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Detroit
Sen. Bert Johnson

The Educational Achievement Authority is an experiment that has failed. Legislators are considering a bill to expand it from its current 15-school version in Detroit to a statewide district that takes over the "bottom 5 percent" of schools. This system must be abolished completely, certainly not expanded statewide.

Feds Put Colleges With On Notice Over Retaliation

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.03.2013 | College

The U.S. Department of Education released a "Dear Colleague" letter last week that warns schools not to attempt retaliation against anyone who alleges...

Tyler Kingkade

Federal Complaint Accuses Swarthmore Of Underreporting Sexual Assaults | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

A group of students filed a federal complaint Thursday against Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania that claims the private liberal arts school is under...

The Runaway Train

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Eric Sheninger

I am all for meaningful change that will benefit our students, but I continue to scratch my head as I watch what is happening in the state I live in (NY) and the one where I work (NJ). I am still trying to figure out how SGP's will work.

Failing Our Future

Beverly Daniel Tatum | Posted 05.20.2013 | College
Beverly Daniel Tatum

Despite our national rhetoric about the importance of a college-educated workforce, recent action (or inaction) at the federal level makes it harder every day for students to achieve that goal.

Under-Performing Schools: Stop Experimenting, Start Fixing

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At it now stands, School Turnaround AmeriCorps is a grand experiment that inadvertently treats both students and volunteers as guinea pigs. Is it morally acceptable to risk their future on a theoretical framework when we already have effective interventions backed by strong evaluations?

The Department of Education's College Scorecard

Tim_Hall | Posted 05.08.2013 | College

Although it provides college-bound students with some useful information, it misleads them about institutional performance by focusing on the six-year graduation rate to "score" colleges and universities. Use of the six-year rate is misleading for two primary reasons.

What the Sequester Will Do to California Summers

Jennifer Peck | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

For California schools, the consequences of the sequester mean broad spending cuts to public school systems that will hit low-income children the hardest.

College Education Cost: The Risks Ahead

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The Department of Education raises legitimate concerns about sticker price. The American public needs to be better educated about what this means for them. Higher education leadership must be prepared to address consumer concerns.

Math Questions About Slaves Spark Outrage At Public School

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices

When a student teacher at P.S. 59 in Manhattan saw the math homework for her fourth-grade class, it didn't add up: The assignment asked pupils to solv...

WATCH: Disabled MLB Great: Students Deserve 'Fair Opportunity' In Sports

Posted 02.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In a decision being compared to Title IX, the Department of Education has clarified language around the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, judging that schoo...

Disabilities Don't Derail Drive

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

The term "disability" has been defined by society. We have made it OK to outcast individuals who are impaired when their impairments do not restrict their abilities. A disability becomes a problem in sports when there are regulations against them.

A School Field Trip To Play Shooting Games?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.09.2013 | New York

In a move New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called "a mistake," students from the Bronx High School of Visual Arts took a field trip to ...

Identifying Education Job Opportunities in Times of Economic Downsizing

Chuck Cohn | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Chuck Cohn

The U.S. private education industry is one that has grown with great consistency over the past decade and as of 2012, educational tutoring in the U.S. has been estimated to be a $7 billion per year industry.

Opposition Grows to School Deform

Alan Singer | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Alan Singer

Despite promises, a growing number of parents and teachers are unhappy with Obama's showcase program, Race to the Top. They argue it is the antithesis of the education, justice, and equality he claims is central to his ideas and American values.