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6 Stories That Prove Good Teachers Might Actually Be Magic

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.10.2017 | Parents

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week again, that time of year when we pause to honor the truly awesome work that educators do, and to thank them for showi...

And Gorsuch Makes Three: With Trump And DeVos, A Special Needs Nightmare

David Royko | Posted 03.21.2017 | Healthy Living
David Royko

First, I want to thank you, sincerely, for helping our son. Ben suffers from severe autism. His needs are immense, as are the bills, for him and the h...

Betsy DeVos Kicks Off Her New Job By Making A Joke About That Famous Bear Comment

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics

After a historically controversial confirmation process, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed her new employees Wednesday in a speech tha...

Activists Are Rallying To Stop Betsy DeVos From Running The Country's Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

Earlier this week, Katie Keier, a kindergarten teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, was in a meeting with colleagues about student literacy. But inste...

The Three Faces of a New Era of School Improvement

John Thompson | Posted 10.04.2016 | Education
John Thompson

NPR Ed reached out to education leaders from across the country and found that "some education leaders are rushing to embrace the newly frank conversa...

Teachers Union Claims 'The Trump Effect' Is Warping Kids' Minds

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics

Back when she was teaching sixth grade in Utah, Lily Eskelsen García liked to use the presidential election as a civics lesson every four years. She ...

Reformers and Educators Can Stand With Hillary Clinton

Peter Cunningham | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Kudos to Hillary Clinton. After some anti-charter rhetoric earlier in the campaign she had the guts to tell 7,000 members of the the National Educatio...

Letter to the NEA: On the "Chronically Tarded and Medically Annoying"

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.08.2016 | Education
Leigh Merryday

Recently, a speech by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia on what teachers are expected to do each day flooded social media. While many shared the clip and applauded some of its excellent points, it didn't take long for outrage to set in.

Thanksgiving Thanks to Teachers We Remember Who Didn't Teach Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 11.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Under Race to the Top and Common Core students, teachers, schools, districts, and states are evaluated based on high-stakes standardized tests, transforming schools from places where students learn to love learning into test prep academies.

One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.23.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Working Americans haven't seen a real raise in 35 years. Meanwhile, every year, their health care costs rise. Their employers eliminate pensions. And their kids struggle with rising college tuition and debt. By contrast, on the other side of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the richest 1 percent are supersizing their feasts.

This Supreme Court Case Could Significantly Weaken Teachers Unions

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Sometime in early 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments i...

North Carolina's "Education Exodus" Worsens as More Teachers Leave for Better Pay

Logan Smith | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Logan Smith

Although politicians claim to support public education on the campaign trail, their actions over the past few years have done absolutely nothing to improve North Carolina schools or give teachers a meaningful pay increase.

Hillary Clinton Earns Backing Of Nation's Largest Union

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday...

Bernie Sanders, Not Hillary Clinton, Deserves Union Endorsements

Ben Spielberg | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

While Clinton is far more union-friendly than anyone running for the Republican nomination, her labor credentials are significantly worse than her main challenger in the Democratic primary, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 08.13.2016 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.

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.

Rebecca Klein

Teachers Union Leader Meets With Presidential Dems | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

The country's largest teachers union isn't ready to pass judgment on its favorite presidential candidates -- but the process of making contenders work...

School Is Out for the Political 'Silly Season'

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

Our highest priority in education should be to train and support great teachers. People become teachers because they want to make a difference in children's lives, and I'm living proof they can make all the difference in the world.

Why We Need To Do More To Retain Teachers

JP Fugler | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
JP Fugler

I have watched fellow educators, my friends, walk into the classroom ready to take on the challenge only to walk out defeated. I am not prideful enough to assume that the same could not happen to me. It's not that teachers are looking for a reason to leave. America, we're looking for a reason to stay.

Rebecca Klein

Largest Teachers Union Already Involved In 2016 Presidential Race | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, has already jumped into the 2016 presidential race, even though only one major ca...

Let's Make 2015 the Year of the Whole Child

Becky Pringle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Becky Pringle

We need to provide paths for educators to become leaders outside their classrooms in order to make sure schools and communities are meeting the needs of the whole child.

What Is a Teacher Leader? What Should It Be?

Sean Slade | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Teachers have long wanted a say in how schools operate, but the system as a whole hasn't been prepared to accommodate their voices. But more often than not, these teacher leader roles have developed by osmosis rather than intent or planning.

NEA and National PTA Encourage Nation to Celebrate American Education Week

Otha Thornton | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Otha Thornton

Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, a renewed call to all citizens -- parents, teachers, education support professionals, elected officials, community leaders, and yes, students -- to make our schools great for all Americans.

Degrees Not Debt

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

How do you tell a promising student with the heart and mind to be a fantastic teacher that she can't afford to join us in the world's best profession?

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation...