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What's Necessary for Congress to 'Get It Right' on School Turnarounds?

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

For Congress to "get it right" on school turnarounds, it needs to address the concerns raised five areas.

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

So what tips the scale of achievement one direction or the other for different students? We believe that expectations play a much larger role than most people realize.

U.S. Schools Have a Poverty Crisis, Not an Education Crisis

Michael Rebell | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Michael Rebell

Childhood poverty has a profound impact on learning. Achievement gaps for disadvantaged children begin before they start school and widen throughout their school careers. But research shows that change is possible.

Opt Out Chronicles: Fighting Sabotage

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."

Feds Have Harsh Criticism, Disappointing Reviews For States' Education

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S. Education Department highlighted a similar weakness in nearly every a...

Amid 'Turnaround Agenda,' Teachers, Communities Overshadowed by Corporate Reforms

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

The conversation about school reform in Washington is replete with big ideas -- glossy proposals for "accountability," putting the "students first," fixing "broken" schools, all in hopes of making America "competitive" again. Yet our schools are poorer than ever.

Educational Inequity Is No Accident

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

What's good for the goose is evidently not so good for the gander. In America's current educational environment, the disparity of experience is bad and getting worse.

We Are Mad About the Wrong Thing

Tanya M. Washington | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Tanya M. Washington

Parents must become more engaged in influencing and monitoring the substance of their children's education. All of us should be aware that what teachers teach, and how they teach it, is informed by their own perspectives, even in a math problem.

Joy Resmovits

Broad Coalition Argues Bills Undercut Brown v. Board | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2012 | Education

A broad coalition of 38 civil rights, education reform and business groups sent House education chairman John Kline a scathing letter Wednesday, descr...

Diane Ravitch Calls Herself A Voice For Teachers, In A Cruel Reform Movement

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Professor Diane Ravitch is a big voice in education policy and a huge critic of No Child Left Behind. Yet, as former Assistant Secreta...

Tenure Rights Weaken As States Look To Fire Teachers Who Aren't Performing

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire te...

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

"We're foolish if we think we're going to end mass incarceration unless we are willing to deal with the reality that huge percentages of poor people are going to remain jobless, locked out of the mainstream economy, unless and until they have a quality education that prepares them well for the new economy."

No Child Left Behind: Not Too Late to Fix

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

For those of us who work around students each day, NCLB's shortcomings are no laughing matter. Especially for educators like me who work in inner-cities where dropout rates are high and the challenges to reach individual students are greater.

Joy Resmovits

Learning From Finland's Classrooms | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.24.2012 | Education

STANFORD, Calif. -- Finland is this decade's shiny icon of classroom success, the repeat winner of top results in a global ranking of national school ...

Superintendent Bans School Sports To Save District

Posted 03.24.2012 | Education

In a desperate effort to boost student performance and save a school system from closure, one Texas school district has made the mid-year decision to ...

Lowering Our Expectations Will Leave Our Children Behind

Margaret Moran | Posted 03.21.2012 | Latino Voices
Margaret Moran

How can we teach our children about high standards if we lower our own expectations?

A Conservative Critique of High-Stakes Standardized Testing

Fred Bauer | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Fred Bauer

Even as more money is being poured into testing-centric education "reform," there may be a space for classical conservatives and certain factions of the left to work together to expose the limits of the current testing ethos to provide a better foundation for the nation's education policies.

Educating for Democracy: All About Jobs

Joel Shatzky | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

There is no evidence that No Child Left Behind, with its reliance on standardized tests and the incalculable damage it has done to the teaching profession, has made math more accessible to our students in the decade since its inception.

Coal for Christmas

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

With class sizes increasing due to teacher layoffs, and the dismissal of reading specialists, it is not far-fetched to say that learning is being jeopardized by less money being spent on education.

Joy Resmovits

New GOP Education Bills Unlikely To Go Far | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Just in time for the law's 10th anniversary this past Sunday, House Republicans led by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) have released draft legislation for r...

George W. Bush's Most-Hyped Domestic Accomplishment Falls Short

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.08.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation...

Joy Resmovits

Group Encourages Ditching Standardized Tests | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.06.2012 | Education

Last year, stress about Pennsylvania's state standardized tests caused third grader John Michael Rosenblum to start scratching himself so hard in his ...

Five Thoughts About No Child Left Behind on Its 10th Anniversary

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Happy birthday, No Child Left Behind. Here's hoping that you don't make it to eleven.

Joy Resmovits

10 Years Of No Child Left Behind: Was It Worth It? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.06.2012 | Education

When President George W. Bush joined congressmen John Boehner, George Miller and Edward Kennedy to sign the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002, ...

Jon Huntsman: As President, I'll Modernize U.S. Education

Posted 03.04.2012 | Education

Jon Huntsman, like his GOP opponents, wants to localize education, and he's taken to the presses to hash out his educational platform. In a Sunday ...