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The 10 States That Are Least Prepared To Protect Kids During Emergencies

The Huffington Post | Elena Kaufman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

Two years ago, the Sandy Hook school shooting reminded us that places we assume are safe, like our children's schools, can quickly become centers of t...

America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.

Newspaper Flunks State Test

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Until newspapers stop turning the complicated science of education into a numbers racket, the lies will keep coming, and our children will continue to lose out on their best hope for a successful future.

Educating for Democracy: A Dangerous Proposal

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

A number of recent news items on education should demonstrate to educators how little attention the political establishment has paid to the legitimate concerns of teachers.

Reading and the Third Grade: How to Keep our Kids on the Right Track

Gordon Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gordon Campbell

Students need programs that bridge the gap between pre-school and elementary school and provide them with the support they need for greater academic success.

Testing Companies, Corporate Lobbyists, and Texas Textbooks

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

When it comes to what content should be taught and the best approaches for teaching, we are in the middle of an all out culture war.

Politics and Parsnips: Obama's Common Core

Susan Ohanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Ohanian

The NYT called this Common Core national standards effort "a bipartisan project at variance with the highly polarized political mood in Washington." I call it a unilateral policy leaving out teachers, students, and parents.

The National Governors Association Takes Action to Reform Teaching - With No Teacher Input

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

The National Governors Association (NGA) and its educational arm, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), are writing national educational standards for mathematics and English language arts to be implemented by America's K-12 teachers -- with virtually no input from them.