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McCain, Alexander Press Department of Defense to Back off of University of Phoenix, Their Donor

David Halperin | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

Republican senators wrote to the Secretary of Defense calling on him to "reconsider" the decision to put the largest for-profit college on probation. Coincidentally, all three senators have received significant campaign contributions from the group that owns the University of Phoenix.

Senate Republicans Eye Change To Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are eyeing new changes to Senate rules that would make it easier for the majority party to take up and pass legi...

How A Dead Man's Wheelchair Could Help Pass A New 9/11 Health Bill

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

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9/11 Health Program Now Officially On Borrowed Time

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

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Boehner's Exit and the ESEA Reauthorization: What Next?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.29.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

My first thought was about the fate of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the latest version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accus...

Your Bigotry Threatens Children, Not My Homosexuality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Some conservative political leaders want you to believe that gay men are a threat to children. They choose to turn away from actual problems facing kids in American schools. In doing so, they are perpetuating the obstacles that LGBT youth must face every day.

Senate's ESEA Challenge: Strengthen Accountability to Help Schools Improve, Not Perpetuate Test-driven Accountability

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

If we've learned anything from the failure of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it should be that NCLB's accountability strategy -- pressuring schools to continuously raise standardized test scores -- doesn't work.

Dayana Morales Gomez

Here's What Southern Congress Members Think About The Confederate Flag On State License Plates | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the Charleston shooting, the country has been reexamining why it still pays tribute to America's history of slavery. Conf...

Air Pollution Is Making Me Anxious

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As an urban dweller, I may finally have something to pin my personal angst on. The funny thing is that I suspected that air pollution may be impacting my mental health, just not in the way that one study suggested...

My Position on the Senate ESEA Reauthorization Draft

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The clear, repeated, detailed, and undeniable limits on the authority of US secretary of education and the absence of any discussion of Title I funding portability are my chief reasons for supporting the Senate ESEA draft. And I think this bill could realistically garner enough votes in Congress to rid us once and for all of NCLB.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Patty Murray Vows To Pursue ‘Every Avenue' For Paid Sick Leave | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last month the Senate passed a measure during the midnight hours that has one lawmaker pretty pumped up. The issue: paid sick days fo...

A Step Forward in Washington, A Step Back in New York

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

There's no silver bullet when it comes to helping all children achieve. Great public schools are our best shot. But until we have more leaders willing to look past ideology, listen to those closest to the classroom, and find common ground, we won't move forward.

Rebecca Klein

4 Things You Should Know About The Senate's Overhaul Of No Child Left Behind | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

A Senate committee pushed an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act a step closer Thursday, passing a rewritten version called the Every Child Achie...

Senate Committee Makes Progress On Updates To No Child Left Behind

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee made progress Wednesday on a bipartisan update to the No Child Left Behind education law with a final vote expec...

Senate Committee Debates Updating No Child Left Behind

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee began debating legislation Tuesday that attempts to fix the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law by ...

Some Details on the Senate-Proposed ESEA Reauthorization

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In the Alexander-Murray reauthorization, assessments continue to eat up a notable portion of state education budgets. However, the language allows for states to seriously reduce testing time from that which is required of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortium tests.

Higher Ed Reauthorization Must Include Meaningful Accountability Measures

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

With Congress preparing to reauthorize the laws that govern higher education across the nation, it is essential that federal regulation adjust with the times.

Quit Playing Politics With the Health of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

A CHIP extension bill should not result in children losing health insurance coverage and being left worse off. Congress should, at the very least, "do no harm" and oppose any package that would result in children losing health coverage or being left worse off in their state.

Dana Liebelson

Republican Presidential Contenders Are All Alone On The Anti-Vaccine Train | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Republican presidential contenders are waffling on the issue of vaccinations, a bipartisan group of senators sought on Tuesday to ...

Rule No. 84: Diane Ravitch's Other Letter to Lamar Alexander

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian and reform critic Diane Ravitch recently sent an open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander with recommendations for rewriting No Chil...

Paul Blumenthal

Groups With Liberal Ties Tapped To Re-Elect The GOP Establishment | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) got a boost in the last election from a little-known nonprofit called Citizens for Responsible Energy Sol...

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

An Open Letter to Lamar Alexander: Don't Forget Rule #84 in 'The Little Plaid Book'

Diane Ravitch | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Just say no to annual testing. No high-performing nation does it, and neither should we. We are the most over-tested nation in the world, and it's time to encourage children to sing, dance, play instruments, write poetry, imagine stories, create videos, make science projects, write history papers, and discover the joy of learning.