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Developing Minorities in STEM

Dot Harris | Posted 11.17.2012 | Latino Voices
Dot Harris

Ensuring America's competitiveness depends on making sure that Latinos have the education they need to advance their careers. This is why the Energy Department is focused on ways we can help encourage more Latinos to get involved in growing STEM fields.

The Kids Are Outside (Alright!): The Importance of Physical Education to a Mom

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

The Wii, the iPod, the iPad, the laptop, Cartoon Network... I couldn't be happier that school finally started and their school stresses a curriculum of physical education three times per week.

Decades of Increased State Spending on Public Education Yield Scant Results

Bob Williams | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Bob Williams

Despite pumping billions of dollars into public schools for more than 40 years, the most recent data show a public education system that cannot turn money alone into positive results.

Redefining Leadership in the 21st Century: An Interview With Ann M. Veneman

Omega Institute | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Omega Institute

This is an interview with Ann M. Veneman, former head of UNICEF, on women, leadership, and the importance of education.

Chicago Teachers Make Decision On Whether To Continue Strike

AP | TAMMY WEBBER and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.16.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before dec...

Joy Resmovits

Chicago Teachers Strike May Near End As Union Releases Deal | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education

Rahm Emanuel is giving away the farm. A deal is on the table Saturday night to end a nearly weeklong Chicago teachers strike, though classes could ...

Boom Times For Charter Schools

Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics

US children attending charter schools – publicly funded alternative schools run under contract – have more than quadrupled in 10 years. Their numb...

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

The Struggle in Chicago

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Teachers want to teach. They want the tools, conditions and support necessary to help all their students succeed. The issues Chicago's educators have raised are legitimate and need to be resolved as soon as possible in order to get kids back to school.

'Oh, So Now You Notice Us?!'

Harry J. Getzov | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty
Harry J. Getzov

It is an inescapable fact: Senior citizens vote. They care. And as the years unfold, with the aging of the baby boomers and the resulting senior demographic explosion, this sector's voting power is going to reach unprecedented levels.

A Mandate for Education

Terry Connelly | Posted 11.14.2012 | San Francisco
Terry Connelly

Investment in the far more efficient returns-on-investment of nonprofit higher education, especially community colleges, would be a lot smarter for the taxpayers in both the short and long- run.

A Ritual of Hope

Kristin Lindsey | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Kristin Lindsey

Imagine the stress of children waking up in Haiti, the DRC or other places ravaged by nature or by man. How easy is the transition from child soldier to student?

A Strike of Choices

Gregory Michie | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

Do we want to keep heading down the same road of more testing, more data slicing, more reforms based on a business model? Or do we want our schools to aspire to something different, something better, something more?

Chicago Teachers Go to Bat -- and Take a Hit -- for Their Students

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

What are the teachers worried about, to the point where they are risking not only their jobs, but their reputations? A host of popular but troubling policies -- and underlying assumptions -- that might finally get the in-depth public discussion that has been too long neglected.

Sam Stein

Chicago Teachers Strike Nearing Resolution | Sam Stein | Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

The standoff between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's teachers' union appears to be nearing resolution, several sources close to the situatio...

A Year's Tuition or a Pedicure? How Small Donations Create Big Changes at a Senegalese High School

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Mary Pauline Lowry

The teachers taught science by drawing examples of experiments on the chalkboard. Teachers and students expressed a desire for science equipment to "make learning science real." So HOPE for Senegal raised money to build a science lab.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Preschool Will Never Hurt Me

Adrian Kulp | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

Between the fingernail's worth of Cheetos dust permanently left in my eyeball and the graphite in my thigh, forgive me for feeling a little apprehensive about sending my little girl into the lion's den of public education...

One Man's Education

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: DENISE TEJADA/Youth Radio By: Carlyn Bynes Young. Black. Poor. From Oakland. If someone heard that description, they probably wouldn...

Head of the Class

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As educational philosphies go, it is far better to be at the head of the class than to be the one who is behind. But is it far better to be ahead of the ones who are behind?

Missing the Bus

Rachel Adams | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Rachel Adams

For the next week, we schlepped Henry on the subway every morning. This meant that either my husband or I got to work late, but it saved him the grueling trip to school. Meanwhile, the horror stories started to come in.

Happy Start to the School Year

Dafna Maor | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

I cannot think of a better gift for the coming Jewish year than knowing that your child is a caring, helpful friend.

Why I Don't Support the Chicago Teachers

Liz Ryan | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Liz Ryan

I get it. Teachers' jobs are brutal. But why, in the face of unworkable and outdated methods and an inhuman work load, would teachers ever conclude "Let's hold the district's feet to the fire for 45 extra bucks a week, and call it good"?

Chicago Teachers Strike: Shedding Light on Our Nation's Classrooms

Wendy Widom | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Wendy Widom

Life here has heated up considerably since Chicago's public school teachers declared a strike on the eve of September 9. And it's a startling, painful, dramatic, and yes, magnificent sight to behold.

Who Is a Social Entrepreneur?

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

For decades the field has focused on startup phase entrepreneurs. But our focus on startups eliminates two important categories that are critical to the evolution of the field -- and to reaching our broader goals.

Kritstof: Put Students Before Unions | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

The most important civil rights battleground today is education, and, likewise, the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools...