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Obama Ally Attacks White House Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration has been under fire for watering down the No Child Left Behind Act by granting waivers that exempt states from its stringent ...

'My School Is NOT Doing Enough About Bullying'

Olivia Busch | Posted 04.08.2013 | Teen
Olivia Busch

It's pretty safe to say that it's harder to hide from the bullies than it may have been 20 or 30 years ago. Some kids have to face it not only for seven hours at school, but also every hour beyond that because of the constant contact that can be made via text message or social media.

Only Four In Ten D.C. Third Graders Are Proficient Readers, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Only four in 10 D.C. third-graders are proficient readers and even fewer are proficient in math, according to a report release Monday. According to...

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee's Regrets, School Voucher Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Rhee-grets, She Has A Few? Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is out with a new memoir this week (called "Radical"), and she's making the talk show rounds to promote it. Yesterday, she told George Stephanopolous on "This Week" that maybe she shouldn't have fired that principal on TV. "My style is very deliberative and very focused on doing what's right for kids.  And so I wouldn't change that so much," Rhee said.  "Should I have fired ineffective principals?  Absolutely.  Should I have done so on national TV?  Probably not." Here's a Times interview, in which she says she regrets initially not taking test security questions seriously. Also, Rhee is scheduled to be on The Daily Show tonight, so that should be fun!

HELLO, SENIORITIS!

Karielle Stephanie Gam | Posted 04.04.2013 | Teen
Karielle Stephanie Gam

College applications are complete (excuse me while I kiss the sky), some of us lucky ones have already been accepted to schools we applied to early (congrats!) and after a particularly grueling first semester, nothing seems to matter in comparison.

What's The Point?

Oliver Harte | Posted 04.03.2013 | Teen
Oliver Harte

We work just hard enough to get by, but do not retain any of the information. Is that how we should be learning? Essentially, it's pointless.

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan: Toll Of Student Deaths 'Untenable'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a forthcoming interview with Bloomberg Radio, reiterated his plans for a big push on early childhood educa...

Ed Today: Voucher Expansion Proposed By Ohio Gov. Kasich

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.

Ed Today: Antonio Villaraigosa's Education Reforms Questioned By Mayoral Contenders

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Reform Fatigue In L.A.? "Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way On Education Reform, But His Potential Successors Are Reluctant To Pick Up The Torch," reads the headline of an L.A. Weekly blog post.. The two top mayoral contenders to replace Villaraigosa at the helm of the nation's second largest school district aren't campaigning Villaraigosa-style reforms. The West Coast city's dynamic seems to echo New York's -- mayoral candidates have eschewed, for the most part, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big, controversial reform agenda.

Terrorist Tots?

Rae Pica | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Rae Pica

Arne Duncan said that the proposal on gun control had created one of his proudest moments while serving in this administration. Curbing school violence, he told us, is among his top priorities for the next four years. Somehow I think it's doubtful that these are the kinds of efforts he has in mind.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Education Agenda Is Racist, Civil Rights Leaders Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The standards-based education reform movement calls school change "the civil rights issue of our time." But about 220 mostly African Ame...

Brains Are Changed Through Early Use of the Hands

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.28.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

An interesting snippet was published in the New Scientist January 19-25, 2013 concerning how early training of musicians changes the wiring of their brains.

Joy Resmovits

Students With Disabilities Have School Sports Rights, Obama Administration Declares

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

When Kareem Dale, now a special advisor to President Barack Obama, was in high school, all he wanted to do was wrestle. But as a student who was parti...

Joy Resmovits

Financial Aid Fix May Reverse College Dropout Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | College

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what i...

In Restarting House Education Committee, Kline Seeks To Get More Done On NCLB, School Safety

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.24.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

It's back to school for Congress. Today, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, held his first organizational meeting with the 113th Congress's iteration of his committee. In his opening remarks, Kline said reauthorizing No Child Left Behind will remain a "top priority." NCLB, the sweeping law that governs public K-12 education, expired in 2007.

Ed Today: Obama's Inaugural Education Mentions, Test Prep Bankruptcy

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.24.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

So There Was An Inauguration... As you might have heard, this weekend, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. And at the inauguration, he gave a speech. The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss teased out O's references to education. (Hint: There weren't many. For the most part, Obama lumped in education with other domestic policy issues in need of reform). More here from Politics K-12.

Joy Resmovits

High School Grad Rate Hits Record High

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Teen

More U.S. high school students than ever are graduating on time, according to new information released by the research arm of the U.S. Education Depar...

Lance Armstrong Is Right About One Thing

Victor Dorff | Posted 03.20.2013 | Education
Victor Dorff

I wonder how often our children interpret our effort to encourage them as an implicit instruction to do "whatever it takes" to rise to the top. While we are thinking, "Spend more time studying," they may be hearing, "If cheating is what it takes, then so be it."

NYC Teacher Evaluation Stalemate, White House Assessing Big Push On Early Education: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.20.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Obama 2.0? As part of the Huffington Post's series on Obama's second term ("The Road Forward,") we reported out this story on his plans. The White House and Education Department have so far been pretty tight-lipped about their plans, but a few little birdies told us that they're cooking something up on the early education front. See here for more.

Joy Resmovits

The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama's education secretary, has a slogan that summarizes his tenure and the view of his mission that he shares with his...

Joy Resmovits

Mississippi Arrests Scores Of Minority Children

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Chicago

In Holmes County, Miss., a sheriff's car once picked up a 5-year-old. The crime? Wearing shoes with red-and-white symbols, an apparent school dress co...

Ed Today: Teachers With Poor Ratings Clustered In NYC, Charter School Quality

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Cluster Suck? The New York Daily News takes another look at the StudentsFirstNY teacher distribution report and finds something stunning: 20 percent of teachers are "bad" teachers in each of 14 Brooklyn schools. To give you some perspective: only 3 percent of all city school teachers got these negative ratings. And two of those schools received "A" ratings from the Department of Education. (I should note here that these ratings are volatile, etc., but you already knew that.)

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Detroit

Charter schools are the fastest-growing sector of public education, taking root in most U.S. states, thanks to a big push by the education reform lobb...

White House On School Safety, No School Closure Savings? Ed Tonight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

No Closure Cash? A recent trend in urban education has been school closures. New York City recently made headlines for releasing a lengthly list of schools slated to be closed. Philadelphia has made similar news. And Chicago is now deciding which of its "underutilized" schools it will close. A similar thread between all these closures has been the argument that closing schools saves money. But a new study adds to the growing body of evidence that shows this may not actually be true.

Now is the Time to Reduce Gun Violence in Schools and Communities

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

I have been proud to serve President Obama and this administration since day one, but today was one of my proudest days.