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Rebecca Klein

The Achievement Gap In High School Graduation Rates Appears To Be Narrowing

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

Even though significantly more white and Asian/Pacific Islander students are graduating from high school than their Hispanic, black and American India...

Homage to My Teachers

Joel Shatzky | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It is ironic that the Women's Rights Movement which has opened up the doors of opportunity for talented women to have a greater choice of vocation has had a negative effect on recruiting the most gifted among them for careers in education. The future course of education must be to make the profession as attractive as it has become in Finland.

Rebecca Klein

School Funding Inequality Makes Education 'Separate And Unequal,' Arne Duncan Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

Many school systems remain "fundamentally separate and unequal," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday, with 23 states spending more per pu...

It's All About the Children

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Pocan

House Republicans ironically named their No Child Left Behind reauthorization bill the Student Success Act, which attempts to gut our public education system and take vital funding away from the neediest students. This bill is paving the way for the privatization of education through the expansion of voucher programs.

Kundalini Yoga Used to Reach Youth In Underserved Communities and Juvenile Detention Centers

Antoinette Brock | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Antoinette Brock

"Kundalini yoga teaches you how to understand your relationship with the world. We can say a thousand times, "We are one." But saying is not believing and believing it, is not actualizing it in your life.

How to Raise American Educational Standards: A Discussion With Randy Barth, Founder and Co-Author of THINK Together

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 02.27.2015 | Education
Gregory Weinkauf

Focusing especially on low-income and immigrant students who might easily get lost in the shuffle (or worse), Mr. Barth has designed systems that provably enhance academic performance, with the rather pleasing side effect of strengthening communities and improving the odds for potentially at-risk youths residing in them.

White House Threaten Veto For Bill It Calls 'A Significant Step Backwards'

AP | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate...

Congress, Don't Abandon Latino Students. Don't Pass H.R. 5!

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 02.24.2015 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

At a time when stark achievement gaps remain unresolved, when increased funding in education is more badly needed than ever, and when too many schools are seeking to exempt English language learners from their accountability systems, H.R. 5 threatens to exacerbate the educational inequities that have long held back Latino students in our schools.

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the Senate education committee members should adopt FEA's proposals and report out an ESEA reauthorization bill that finally provides hope for America's millions of disadvantaged students.

New York Times Fails Education Reform -- Again

Daniel Katz | Posted 02.22.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Do we need annual testing to tell us that poverty in childhood has lifelong consequences in health, education, and economic opportunity? Do we need annual testing to tell us that communities with high concentrations of minority students from impoverished households struggle on test-based measures?

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

No Child Left in Isolation

Randy Miller | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

If you want to close achievement gaps between poor students of color and their wealthier white counterparts, you must reduce the high levels of socioeconomic isolation in urban communities.

The High Stakes of Life and Death

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

I became an educator because I believe in the power of schools to change people's lives and to ensure a more equitable society for all. Yet high stakes tests have only furthered the inequity by punishing schools and communities that are already struggling.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

Sabrina Siddiqui

George Miller Spent 40 Years In Congress. How Long Will His Legacy Last Without Him?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

On a balmy Saturday morning in September, George Miller is seated in the backyard of his Martinez, California, home, sipping herbal tea and enjoyi...

Leveling the Playing Field for Our Kids

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.22.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

A high-quality public education can unlock our children's potential. It can bring communities together. It can ensure a top-notch workforce for our economy and an engaged citizenry for our democracy. We have an opportunity with the ESEA reauthorization to help reclaim the promise of public education.

White House Calls GOP Schools Bill A 'Huge Step Backward'

AP | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday pushed back against House Republicans who want to limit the federal government's role in education. I...

Citizenship Deficit Disorder: A Failure of Education, Expertise and Experience

Frank Islam | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

The United States of America is suffering from a serious and potentially fatal case of Citizenship Deficit Disorder. This disorder is due to the failure of our educational system and the cumulative lack of experience and expertise of the American citizenry.

Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

Rebecca Klein

Politicians Introduce Bills That Would Work To Reduce The Role Of School Standardized Testing

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

In the same week that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held its first hearing on the issue of rewriting No Child L...

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Parents, teachers and policymakers who listened to Tuesday night's State of the Union address heard an earful from President Barack Obama about his in...

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.

Smart Reauthorization of the ESEA Law Necessary for Student Success

Marc H. Morial | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Marc H. Morial

Reaching the American Dream begins with opportunity. As young people of all races, creeds and backgrounds march courageously to address issues of police misconduct and disparities in the justice system, they are also highlighting additional deep inequities that threaten our great nation.

Joy Resmovits

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

When Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) children were young and their preschool stood on the brink of closure, she snapped into action. She gathered them i...