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America's Crusade Against Its Public School Children

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.12.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

A specter is haunting America - the privatization of its public schools, and Big Money has entered into an unholy alliance to aid and abet it. Multi-billionaire philanthropists and others are making common cause to hasten the destruction of public schools.

Mixing Education With Politics

Peter Greene | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's a great line, usually attributed to Rev. Gene Carlson of Wichita, about religion getting involved in politics: When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.

Joy Resmovits

Jeb Bush Defends Obama-Backed Education Plan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush once again defended the Common Core education standards in front the American Legislative Exchange Council's highly-prote...

Ed Today: Tom Harkin's Retirement Will Leave Education Committee Gap

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.

Moving Beyond the Politics of Education

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Our national and local leaders need to encourage a positive national dialogue with goals and aspirations to match the educational dreams many parents have for their children.

Joy Resmovits

Mitt Romney, Barack Obama Fall Short On Specifics For Early Education | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

During Mitt Romney's tenure as governor, he had one-on-one meetings with Patricia Haddad, the Massachusetts Democratic House Speaker Pro Tempore, prec...

Teachers Respond to the Presidential Debate

Teach Plus | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Unfortunately, last night's presidential debate offered little in the way of education policy talk. It was encouraging, however, to hear both candidates identify the declining state of our public education system as an economic policy.

Joy Resmovits

Romney: 'I'm Not Going To Replace Testing' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- Improving American education is simple: reduce class sizes. Or so Mitt Romney once thought. "I once thought classroom size was … [the] o...

Education and the Candidates

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

What is more important. Job creation today? Or better preparing the next generation of American workers for job readiness years -- decades, really -- down the road?

Educating Kids: Americans Have Spoken, Now It's the Candidates' Turn

Matt James | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Matt James

There's a big subject the candidates may want to pay more attention to if they want to capture the support of American voters -- the future of our children.

Joy Resmovits

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 ...

Education Reform Is Much More Than Partisan Politics

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

There is no Republican or Democratic way to teach a kid to read, write, count or compete. Only good teachers, good parents, and good schools can do that.

Joy Resmovits

About Face: Are GOP Govs Increasing Ed Spending To Save Political Skin? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Call it budgetary whiplash. Last November, a wave of Tea Party minimalism and budget-cutting fervor swept the country, ushering governors like Rick...

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New GOP Education Bills Unlikely To Go Far | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Just in time for the law's 10th anniversary this past Sunday, House Republicans led by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) have released draft legislation for r...

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Tom Harkin's Version Of No Child Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) released his draft of the Elementary and Secondary Achievement Act -- known as "No Child Left Behind" -- on Tuesday, defendin...

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The Education Of Arne Duncan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

CLEVELAND -- On a recent Wednesday afternoon in the auditorium of Eastern Technical High School, where 1,000 people had come to hear him speak, Arne D...

DPS and SB 130: "Innovating" Around the Law?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 07.06.2011 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

Denver Public Schools recently voted 4-3 to approve innovation status for three new schools in Far Northeast Denver. In doing so, they almost certainly broke the law.

Better Teachers Could Add $100 Trillion To U.S. Economy, Report Says

Daily Finance | Danny King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Forget the cliche of bringing an apple to your favorite teacher. You may want to send her your next bonus check instead -- because she's a big part of...