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It's Never Too Late to Thank Your Teacher

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.06.2016 | Education
Jody Gastfriend

It takes more than political promises to truly inspire children, show them the gift of their own potential and prepare them to tackle life's many challenges. It takes really great teachers.

Educating for Democracy: Scamming High School Graduation Rates

Joel Shatzky | Posted 01.02.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Instead of pretending that genuine learning can be obtained with testing, educators must put their own pressure on the policy makers to address issues in learning where learning begins: in pre-school environments. As

After-school Program Funding Remains Separate Under New Major Education Law

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. After-school and summer programs will not only retain a separate fundi...

Department Of Education Gives States Guidance On New Schools Law

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. One week after President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeed...

Education Policies Worthy of the Name 'Reform'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.20.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

This new law can create positive change. States will now take the lead on accountability, interventions and teacher evaluation systems. While some states will mess up, we hope most will learn from the failures of NCLB and give teachers and schools the latitude and support to deeply engage students and to focus on the whole child.

Every Student Succeeds Act and the Utah Data Alliance

Oliver Leung | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Oliver Leung

Americans spend 6.4% of GDP on education (3rd highest amongst OECD countries), but has one of the lowest participation rates in upper secondary educat...

A Game Changer for Education - And American Students

Michele Jolin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Could a significant investment in evidence-based education funding signal the beginning of the end of partisan gridlock in Washington? There is certai...

The President Just Signed A Bill That Will Transform Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law Thursday morning, a day after the Senate voted to pass the bill. The Every Stude...

Back to the Chalkboard: The Soft Patience for High Expectations

Mark Silva | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Mark Silva

As eagerly as the Common Core regimen was embraced, it was disavowed in a Tea Party-inspired wave of opposition to what was become known simply as government outreach. And as strongly as the teachers' unions had campaigned for educational reform, they deemed the government's obsession with a testing an albatross hanging over the careers of educators who could handle their own classrooms perfectly well.

National Education Policy Could Look Pretty Different Soon

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

The Senate voted on Wednesday to pass an overhaul of No Child Left Behind called the Every Student Succeeds Act. The move comes after the House of Rep...

The No Child Left Behind Overhaul Could Seriously Help Preschools

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. The revision of the No Child Left Behind law now before Congress has ...

Congress Goes Into Legislative Overdrive Before Holidays (Video)

GVH Live | Posted 12.07.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Jordan Stephen It has become something of a holiday tradition. Capitol Hill, which has earned a reputation as a beacon of lethargy and obstructio...

Will Every Student Succeed? Not With This New Law

Alan Singer | Posted 12.06.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

I will be glad to see NCLB left behind and RTTT stopped, but I do not see how ESSA is a victory for education in the United States. Does anyone believe that low-funded poorly performing states like Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia, will create meaningful accountability systems and tests that will expose the low quality public education they offer Black and Latino students?

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

The Conversation US | Posted 10.08.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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.

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

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 08.31.2016 | 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 08.24.2016 | 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 08.24.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 07.22.2016 | 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 07.22.2016 | 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 07.19.2016 | 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...