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Arne Duncan's Legacy: Growing Influence of a Network of Private Actors on Public Education

The Conversation US | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Arne Duncan did not invent political networks. And yet, to use a term of education professors Janelle Scott and Catherine DiMartino, he has acted as a "gatekeeper" by bringing a private network to the fore in education, and further opening public education to privatized influences.

A Somber Message on World Teachers' Day 2015: Our Teachers Are at Risk

The Conversation US | Posted 10.05.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or "disappear" teachers.

A Brief History of Education in the United States (Part 2)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.

5 Things You Should Know About Schools In 2015

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more sleeping in. With new backpacks, pens and pencils and clothes, millions of children are back in school or heading ther...

Back-To-School Means Back-To-Hell For Too Many Kids

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

Today I'm sending a shout-out to the moms and dads who're battling for their kids. Get some rest. Hug your child. Then lets pull each other out of our valleys and get BACK-to-school. I mean the loving-learning-friend-making-fun-filled-school!

National Leaders Fail In School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The American public has given its grade to national elected leaders for their attempts to improve the country's public schools. The verdict is an "F" for failure. Public schools need to do better but that will only occur when there is cooperation in government, not antagonism.

Carly Fiorina for Secretary of Education

Stanley Fish | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Stanley Fish

Carly Fiorina recognizes the danger that a technology-dominated classroom -- a classroom focused on programmable skills rather than on messy and ever-changing ideas -- will become the location of job training rather than intellectual exploration. Education's great task, she said at a recent New Hampshire education summit, is not to prepare people for jobs, but to "fill children's souls," to make of them the kinds of citizens who can contribute to a participatory democracy. And that task, she insisted, requires exposure to music, literature, art and philosophy -- the very subjects that are currently falling by the wayside in the rush to elevate the STEM subjects to the be all and end all. From where I sit, this is just common sense, but it is not the common sense coming from the Obama administration (or the Bush administration before it).

Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

With Congress poised to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, organizations from a broad range of perspectives are claiming the civil rights mantle in promoting their visions for the new bill.

Here's What Americans Want From A No Child Left Behind Overhaul

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

As members of the Senate and House of Representatives work to find compromise on their respective overhauls of the No Child Left Behind Act, Americans...

How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Adam J. Geller | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Adam J. Geller

The current congressional debate for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the law which determines federal policy for public schools, is certain to create new opportunities for businesses and may even create new roadblocks.

Open Letter to Senator Sanders

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

In order for us to continue to organize and mobilize our communities' voters to support you, we need you to clearly articulate a position that is anti Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and high-stakes testing (HST) and in favor of decoupling testing from teacher evaluations.

The Power of Collective Voice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Through the union, educators are raising our collective voice. Together with parents and students, educators are turning the tide. Teaching is our heart. Our students are our soul. And the union is our spine. When educators raise their voice and their power, we can reclaim the promise of public education.

Rebecca Klein

Congress Takes Major Step In Finally Overhauling No Child Left Behind Act | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

The Senate voted 81-17 to overhaul the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act Thursday afternoon, passing a bipartisan bill that gives states more flexibil...

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

Admiring the Problem, or Solving It

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.13.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

In fall 2016, Jamillah will leave her Head Start classroom to begin kindergarten in a suburb of Washington, DC. Like many of her Head Start classmates, she is a tiny bundle of joy and curiosity; she loves colored pencils and books of all sorts, and adores singing the alphabet song.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: We Must All Work Together to Ensure Student Success

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 07.13.2015 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

When Estefania first came to Lincoln Elementary School in Lehigh Valley, PA, she struggled to speak English and to participate in school. But now, she's an enthusiastic, engaged student who's taken on leadership roles and mentoring younger students.

House Passes Republican Led No Child Left Behind Overhaul

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to strike a bipartisan chord, the Senate worked Thursday on a major revision of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, a day af...

Joy Resmovits

These Are The States That Demand The Least Of Their Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

What does it mean to be passing math class? The answer to this question varies from state to state, according to a new report released by the resea...

Congress Attempts To Overhaul No Child Left Behind, Again

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House is trying again to pass a GOP-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, with conservatives aiming t...

Congress Might Finally Overhaul No Child Left Behind. Here's What That Means For Kids.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

The No Child Left Behind Act, a George W. Bush-era law that expired in 2007, may finally be on its way to becoming fully defunct. On Tuesday, the ...

House and Senate Taking Up NCLB Rewrite This Week Could Result In Leftover Fireworks for Federal Education Policy

Bob Wise | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Bob Wise

This could be the most momentous week in federal education policy in the thirteen years since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law. The fact that the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up a major rewrite of NCLB is historic in and of it itself.

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.

Senate, House Look To Update Bush-Era Education Law

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on - an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education l...

Obama Administration Says It Won't Support Revised No Child Left Behind Bills

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Monday it cannot support either the Senate or the House versions of bills being considered this week ...

Ten Signs Your Child Is in a Failing School District

Randy Turner | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

In these days of Common Core State Standards and continuing attacks on public education by billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for legislators, parents need a few guidelines on how to tell if their child is in a failing school district.