Reaching the American Dream begins with opportunity. As young people of all races, creeds and backgrounds march courageously to address issues of police misconduct and disparities in the justice system, they are also highlighting additional deep inequities that threaten our great nation.
Now is the critical time for Congress to shift from NCLB's punitive, harmful and ineffective high-stakes testing strategy to a supportive, beneficial and effective strategy: guiding, assisting, funding and holding accountable our low-achieving schools to improve by doing what works.
John Boehner has proven before that he cares deeply about inequities in our education system and that he will mow down obstacles in his own party and across the aisle to make much needed changes. Where is that courageous leadership now?
To move towards high impact, cost-effective student support strategies, we need to adopt evidence-based, targeted student supports and deploy nonprofit organizations to leverage community volunteers and national service to address this challenge.
A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.
Recent discussions about reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant remind me of where we were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Three cheers for California's governor, state superintendent, and state board chair, for applying for a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind) that doesn't kowtow to Washington.
Frankly, our nation's students, especially low income students and students of color, urgently need an entirely new federal -- state relationship in education. Let's go bold. It's time for a new federalism in public education.