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Students Can't Wait: ESSA and the Urgency of Now

Kati Haycock | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
Kati Haycock

"We have come ... to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is not the time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquili...

The Times They are a-Changin'

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.24.2017 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Policies that excuse everyone but teachers for the poor conditions in which an increasing share of US children grow up have not improved achievement, and they appear to be helping gaps grow, if anything.

Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Victory to Help America's Students Succeed

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

I was proud to be on hand today as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, which includes a provision I authored to encourage the wider adoption of the full-service community schools model.

Opting Out Is Not an Option for Me

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.05.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Education is the most important thing I can provide for my three daughters. But it is not enough for me to know that they are learning; I need to know that they are achieving.

Making Sense of Assessments: State-level NAEP Comparisons Offer Better Policy Guide Than International Assessments

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Let's treat social, economic, and education policies as the innately interwoven drivers of children's school and life trajectories that they are. And let's start putting them all on the right track.

Keeping Our Promises to Our Kids Through Accountability

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.21.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Accountability is not just rhetoric -- nor is it just a slogan. It is a promise to our children and their parents that schools will quickly identify students who need an extra hand and intervene when necessary.

ESEA, Disability and the Lessons of the Past

Curtis L. Decker, JD | Posted 09.18.2016 | Education
Curtis L. Decker, JD

Forty years later, it is clear that the original intent of the ESEA has still not been met for too many children, especially children with disabilities.

Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.06.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

With Congress poised to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, organizations from a broad range of perspectives are claiming the civil rights mantle in promoting their visions for the new bill.

How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Adam J. Geller | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Adam J. Geller

The current congressional debate for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the law which determines federal policy for public schools, is certain to create new opportunities for businesses and may even create new roadblocks.

Admiring the Problem, or Solving It

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.10.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

In fall 2016, Jamillah will leave her Head Start classroom to begin kindergarten in a suburb of Washington, DC. Like many of her Head Start classmates, she is a tiny bundle of joy and curiosity; she loves colored pencils and books of all sorts, and adores singing the alphabet song.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: We Must All Work Together to Ensure Student Success

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 07.13.2016 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

When Estefania first came to Lincoln Elementary School in Lehigh Valley, PA, she struggled to speak English and to participate in school. But now, she's an enthusiastic, engaged student who's taken on leadership roles and mentoring younger students.

The K-12 Education Speech We Need From Democrats

Arthur Camins | Posted 07.09.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Republicans are clear. The GOP wants to unleash the same unregulated market forces on education that brought us stagnating wages, accelerating inequality and increasing school segregation. Here is the short stump speech I wish the Democratic candidates would give.

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

ESEA Reauthorization Needs Stronger Family Engagement Provisions

Otha Thornton | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Otha Thornton

I call on the Senate to include provisions in the Every Child Achieves Act that would provide states and districts the capacity and necessary resources to support effective family engagement strategies in every school to help every child succeed academically and reach his or her full potential.

To Fulfill Their Rights

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If we are to achieve true equality as President Johnson envisioned half a century ago, then we must ensure that students from low-income communities are given the necessary resources and supports. For the civil rights community, accountability must be at the forefront of our actions.

What It Takes to Ensure Every Child Achieves

Shruti Sehra | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Shruti Sehra

Emerging research, powerful insights from the field, and promising innovations have created a powerful moment in time to have a meaningful dialogue about how we make a real difference for students who need it most.

Shouldn't Somebody Have to Intervene?

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.28.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

If a low-income child is trapped in a school that has been failing its children for years, shouldn't someone in a responsible position act to intervene?

Fears That Children Will "Slip Back Into the Shadows"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Like many educators, Craig Gfeller doesn't like every provision in federal education law. But as principal of a high-poverty school in the exurbs of Washington, D.C., he considers a couple of them critical for his students.

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.14.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

12 Civil Rights Groups Oppose Opting Out. It Could Have Been 28.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.10.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

28 civil rights groups wishing for greater federal enforcement must now reckon with both lesser enforcement and federal acknowledgement that the anti-testing movement is gaining strength.

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

All 50 States Now Have a Bullying Law. Now What?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Deborah Temkin

Passing a law is often not enough; resources must be provided to help schools understand both what they're required to do and what they need to do to actually prevent bullying. Senators must consider whether their goal in adding bullying to the ESEA is to simply "send a message that bullying must be addressed" or to actually see reductions in bullying.

ESEA Goes Further, but Not Necessarily Forward

TNTP | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
TNTP

There are three potentially important improvements and one significant backslide, but any shortcomings in this draft are fixable as this bill moves to the Senate floor. Sounds like a win for students, right? We're not so sure.

One Small Step for Washington, One Giant Leap for Children

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

At one of the most divisive political moments in our nation's history, in a piece of legislation that itself is controversial and has failed to be reauthorized despite numerous attempts over the past six years, a bipartisan amendment providing for education innovation and research sailed through a Senate committee.

For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

In pursuit of the unattainable aim of "100 percent proficiency" for all students by 2014, nearly every public school in the United States has been deemed "in need of improvement" or "failing," and is meant to be in some form of intervention.