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Failing Schools

An Enemy of the State

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

More and more school districts are asking for budget increases to hire investigators and detectives to follow around low-income mothers and their kids to ensure that they aren't 'stealing an education' from the state. Really?

3 Ways to Save America's Black Boys, Pt. 1 of 3

Mike Green | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Whenever someone thinks they have few bullet points of supreme wisdom that can save the world, sane people instantly roll their eyes. The insanely cur...

When Charter Schools Fail, What Happens To The Kids?

The Hechinger Report | Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education

Terri Griffin made herself a promise when her youngest daughter was ready for kindergarten: the little girl would never set foot in an Akron public sc...

Number Of Schools Cited As Needing Improvement Skyrockets

Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

An unprecedented 1,325 schools across 123 New York districts have been identified for improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Of t...

Six Premises, Seven Ideas for Better Teacher Training

John Merrow | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Right now, too many schools and colleges of education resemble diploma mills that actually benefit from the churn in the profession. That's a disgrace.

Joy Resmovits

States Seek Waivers In Light Of More Schools Deemed 'Failing' Under NCLB | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.04.2011 | Education

Despite a rise in test scores, 84 percent of Missouri's schools failed to make "adequate yearly progress," according to a report released by the state...

Michelle Rhee: You've Got To Fight For Our Schools

Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee sat down with AOL to discuss the state of America's public schools and how her organization StudentsFir...

The New Language of Furr

Gaston Caperton | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

Last month I visited Furr High School in Houston and met Dr. Bertie Simmons, the woman almost single-handedly responsible for Furr's dramatic turnaround.

American Education: Much Worse Than You Think

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.29.2011 | Education
Robin Koerner

A master's degree in a subject that is completely verbal, and depends on the careful and detailed exposition of complex ideas -- and cannot use an apostrophe.

WATCH: Student Demands A More Challenging Education

Posted 07.15.2011 | Education

Maria Castro is concerned about her future. A student at a failing high school, where over half of the 2,200 students are unable to pass statewide r...

Classroom Grading is an Attack on Students

Bob Bowdon | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Until someone devises a grading system that can compensate for which students have advantages and which don't, the only fair course is to avoid grading completely.

Rallying 1 Million Volunteers To Help American Schools

Posted 06.01.2011 | Education

American schools need help. Unfortunately, that's no April Fools' joke. On April 1, United Way launched a campaign to rally 1 million volunteers to g...

Fewer 'Dropout Factories' Nationally but Problems Remain

Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sarah Butrymowicz

The news isn't all good. Even with the number of dropout factories declining, 2.1 million students still attend them nationwide.

Retention Revisited: Can Staying Back Move Students Forward?

Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In a new study, Early Grade Retention and Student Success: Evidence from Los Angeles, released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), re...

When 'Failing' Schools Close and Whiter, Brighter Schools Open

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The matter of school closings is complex and polarizing. Evidence suggests the only solution to the problem of "failing" (DOE speak for "black and Latino") schools is to open new, small schools.

The Affluent, Failing, Public School: Does It Really Exist?

Martha Infante | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Martha Infante

If bad teachers are everywhere, then failing schools must be everywhere too. Thus I began my search for affluent, failing schools with the information available on the world wide web.

Students Protest: 'It's Not Teachers' Fault' School Is Failing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Fifty Rhode Island high school students walked out in protest earlier this week -- to demand the administration include their voices in the effort to ...

Failing Schools And Charters Rarely Improve Or Close Down, Study Shows

Education Week | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The lowest-performing public K-8 schools often linger in that state for years, neither improving enough to get off accountability life support nor bei...

School Reform's Greatest Challenge: Leadership

Steffen Thybo Moller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steffen Thybo Moller

Instead of waiting for superman and playing the usual blaming games, true education reformers should begin by improving public school leadership.

What I Learned From MTV's Quixotic Adventures in Education Reform

Jason Rzepka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jason Rzepka

Early last year, my colleagues and I encountered the most confounding challenge of our careers: How can we help more American kids get a quality education?

Learning from Success: Love Meets Best Practices at a New Orleans Elementary School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Bethune is one of the schools around the country that demonstrate that if schools do everything right, they can get extraordinary results. Getting everything right isn't easy, but it's what we need schools to do.

Debunking the Fairy Tale of School Reform

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Recently, I attempted to unpack the media-augmented narrative -- and national hot button issue du jour -- of public education reform within the context of a fairy tale.

Brockton High School Teachers Turn Things Around For A Failing School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CORRECTION: According to the "How High Schools Become Exemplary" report, published by Harvard University's Achievement Gap Initiative, Brockton High S...

Education Nation Summit Gives No Hall Passes For U.S. School Failures

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

NBC News' nationally broadcast Education Nation is underway at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, bringing together concerned citizens from President...

Social Media for Social Good

Cynthia Harnisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cynthia Harnisch

The future of Los Angeles depends on helping all of our children reach their human potential, especially those who are most at risk, by providing access to the arts and the endless possibilities they offer.