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(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

The Challenge of Defining Value

Donna Randall | Posted 01.27.2014 | College
Donna Randall

Increasing the value of our higher education system is a worthy enterprise. While many features of the proposed plan make sense, some measures under consideration to define the value of a college are unsettling.

A Call to Teach

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Elisa Villanueva Beard

We don't just need more teachers. We need excellent teachers, and we need diverse teachers.

Finally, a Chance to Curb the Abuses of For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Halperin

It seems that the powerful for-profit college industry, which has used its taxpayer-provided riches -- up to $33 billion a year -- to buy the most expensive lawyers and lobbyists, and the allegiance of many in Congress to keep the money flowing, is finally on the run.

Turning a Negative Into a Positive: How Schools Elevate Culture by Emphasizing the Positive

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Last week, California educators and families received some exciting news. The state's eighth-grade reading scores showed substantial improvement over the last two years, representing some of the largest gains in the nation. But unfortunately, media coverage focused primarily on overall flat student scores nationwide.

Tyler Kingkade

Big Problems Found In Sexual Violence Investigations At Largest University System

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.26.2013 | College

NEW YORK -- A federal investigation of four campuses that are part of the State University of New York, the largest U.S. system of public higher educa...

The Missing Conversation in Educational Policy: Student Engagement

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Andrew K. Miller

Why aren't we creating policy to create professional learning experiences to arm teachers with a variety of techniques to engage students? Why aren't we debating policy to shift towards personalized and competency-based pathways to differentiate instruction for all students?

Memo to Department of Education: Diverse Classrooms Create a Better America

Philip Tegeler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Philip Tegeler

School integration at the K-12 level, as well as in in higher education, needs to be a national priority -- and needs to be given a central role in the Department of Education's Strategic Plan.

Remember The Foundation of Higher Education on The Path to Reform

Eugene J. Cornacchia | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Eugene J. Cornacchia

Although we have to wait for the specifics of the President's plan, I am concerned that the idea of paying for performance will ultimately focus on tying financial aid to metrics such as graduation rates, graduates' earnings, advanced degrees attained and other measures that will comprise yet another ranking system.

Why Is the African American Imprisonment Rate Higher Than Whites?

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Kiernan Hopkins

The Emancipation Proclamation took place a hundred and fifty years ago. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order delivered by President A...

St. Paul's College and the Future of HBCUs

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Saint Paul's demise should serve as a wake-up call to those who care about the future of HBCUs. For more than 175 years, the institutions have played a crucial role in African-American advancement. However, even the wealthier HBCUs are struggling financially.

How To Do Lots of High-Quality Educational Evaluations for Peanuts

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the greatest impediments to evidence-based reform in education is the difficulty and expense of doing large-scale randomized experiments. These...

Not Falling Behind, But Pulling Apart: Race to the Top Reflects Broader U.S. Education Problems

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Achievement gaps are not the real culprit. Rather, they are symptoms of the true problem: an underlying set of opportunity gaps.

Gates Money and Common Core -- Part III

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Common Core State Standards is apparently important enough to Bill Gates for him to force feed to the public via funneling though its departments of education. And since he is wildly rich, he must know what is good and true for American public education. Not.

Making College a Better Bargain

Dr. Robert Mendenhall | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Dr. Robert Mendenhall

A helpful first step in the acceptance of competency-based education is to recognize and acknowledge that administering financial aid based on time is a fantasy.

Are Parents Flunking College Financial Planning?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Don't flunk out when it comes to saving for college. Learn about the true costs and honestly assess your financial situation.

Joy Resmovits

Another Key Obama Administration Departure

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

Martha Kanter, an Obama administration education undersecretary, is preparing to step down, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post. ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Big Student Lender Faces Federal Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of Education and Sallie Mae face fresh questions over the student loan business after the largest educational debt company disclos...

WATCH: 'Teachers Are Giving What They Can'

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.29.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In many areas, budget cuts have limited public school funding and parents are increasingly unable to provide necessary supplies for students. HuffPost...

Tyler Kingkade

Feds Face Pressure To Change College Sexual Harassment Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.17.2013 | College

The federal government is facing pressure from civil-liberties advocates to back down from a policy meant to curb sexual harassment at colleges and un...

Tyler Kingkade

Group To Feds On Sexual Misconduct At Colleges: Do Your Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

A group pressuring the U.S. Department of Education to enforce federal rules on prosecuting sexual misconduct on college campuses, plans to stage a de...

Chris Kirkham

Another Battle Brewing Over For-Profit Colleges

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

The Obama administration has resumed efforts to rein in abuses by for-profit colleges that leave students deep in debt and unable to find decent jobs,...

Student Debt Relief Companies Charge Excessive Fees For Free Programs: Report

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.20.2013 | College

Student borrowers are getting ripped off by private companies that offer to help them manage their loans but then charge hundreds of dollars for servi...

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.