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No Child Left Behind

The New Segregation

Rep. Judy Chu | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Judy Chu

If we are going to ask our students to work hard and achieve the American Dream, we must do our part to ensure that they have the resources they need. We can start by investing in our schools.

Where Have All the Teachers Gone and How Do We Get Them Back?

Joseph Bishop | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Joseph Bishop

We need more policymakers and parents pushing for a day when there isn't a rush to see the school lists of who will be teaching their child because every classroom is led by an excellent teacher.

Following the Child

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Amber Nichols-Buckley

Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, once said, "Follow the child, they will show you what they need to do, what they need to develop in themselves."

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Is Now the Time to Reauthorize ESEA?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of course, it was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007, but what with partisan politics, outside influences and the lack of any general consensus around the various efforts, Congress has yet to successfully reauthorize the legislation. As a result, national educational policy has been a patchwork of waivers, dodges, and weaves unworthy of a great nation.

Senators Announce Bipartisan Agreement To Fix No Child Left Behind

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still...

No Child Left Behind: How Sparc! Is Driving Creativity to the Masses

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Zoey Gulmi

Five years ago Kwesi Moody, the headmaster at Dorchester academy, realized the power that art can have on a child.

Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

As members of very different "camps" on school reform, we think there is more common ground than has yet been evident in the political process surrounding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its later iteration, No Child Left Behind.

What Does "Where's Waldo" Have in Common With the Nation's Main Education Law?

Bob Wise | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Bob Wise

When my children were much younger, I loved playing "Where's Waldo" with them, trying to find the character in the distinctive hat amidst a confusing mass of other figures. They have grown, and now I play "Where's ESEA?"

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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.18.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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.