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Charter Schools as Incubators or Charter Schools Inc.?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

These failings hurt the charter school operators who are trying to operate aboveboard with students' best interests in mind. And rampant charter expansion undermines traditional public schools. A proposal to "charterize" half of the public schools in Los Angeles would not just disrupt the public school system, it would destroy it.

The Teacher Games: Only The Strongest Districts Can Win

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

When it comes to recruiting teachers, the odds are in the favor of schools that can pay them. The system forces districts to compete against each other. Naturally, the stronger districts will continue to win. And even worse, this competition will continue to put our children's lives at stake. Sound familiar?

Recognizing Great High Schools By What They Actually Do

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.

What to Do About a Poor Report Card?

Ellen Fischer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Ellen Fischer

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has posted its 2015 "report card." NAEP measures student achievement and is given periodically to students across the United States. It will come as no surprise to many educators that the scores are down.

Yes, 'Virtual' Charter Schools Exist-and They're Growing

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Donald Cohen

While the overall percentage of U.S. students who attend online schools is small, in some states -- like California, where CAVA teachers are organizing to serve students and families, not corporations -- online education has become yet another path towards the privatization of public education.

What If Our Teacher Shortage Is Actually a Leadership Shortage?

Scott Morgan | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Scott Morgan

If we can bring best-in-class leadership and management practices to education, we can create schools and school systems where our nation's most talented, diverse professionals clamor to work now and for decades to come.

Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty

The Conversation US | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.

How I Came to Appreciate Teachers

Vivy Chao | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Vivy Chao

It's 1999, and I'm sitting in an Advanced Placement history class. I think to myself, "All this memorization and testing will make sense when I grow up. There's a reason for all this that I don't understand yet."

Tutoring Program Fosters Love of Learning in Its Students and a Love of Service in Its Volunteers

Zachary Azrael | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Zachary Azrael

Throughout its existence, Baltimore has been a city divided by race. As a major port city, Baltimore once was a major center for slave trade. After slavery ended, Baltimore, like many cities south of the Mason-Dixon line, segregated itself. And today, despite decades of effort from civil rights activists, Baltimore remains a city divided.

Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.28.2015 | College
Lawrence Wittner

The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary, middle, and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all.

Improving Schools for Every Student

Harriet Sanford | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

More often than not in recent years, schools have had to go it alone in trying to meet the needs of our most underserved students. So it's encouraging to see a renewed emphasis on context, and on the kinds of solutions we've seen work in some of our neediest communities

Underrepresented Third Graders Learning to Code: Elementary Education 2.0

Romal Tune | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Romal Tune

It is critical to think about ways to impact children's learning at the youngest levels. Providing elementary-aged students with appropriate hands-on lessons and application of computer science content should be key for student learning.

The Fatal Flaws Of Our Education System

Donna Harris | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Donna Harris

Across the board, the students wanted to be given the answer to the test. Their rationale? You have to do well on the test so you can get into a good college so that you can get a good job. And there you have the underlying assumption behind our entire educational system.

North Carolina's "Education Exodus" Worsens as More Teachers Leave for Better Pay

Logan Smith | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education
Logan Smith

Although politicians claim to support public education on the campaign trail, their actions over the past few years have done absolutely nothing to improve North Carolina schools or give teachers a meaningful pay increase.

Janet Napolitano: Why More Scientists Are Needed in the Public Square

The Conversation US | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely - if ever - be asked what they would do to keep this nation at the forefront of science and innovation. That's a shame.

My Experience in Public Education -- Montgomery County, Maryland

Margarita Rodriguez | Posted 10.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Margarita Rodriguez

I started the second grade late for my age. We first arrived in the United States. in March and I attended summer school and started the new school year in September. For years that was part of my explanation for why I was older than other kids in my classes.

Your Child Is Not Special

JP Fugler | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
JP Fugler

We have two choices of when our children can fail: now or later. Now, they are still in a safe environment with people willing to help them succeed. Later, it will be in the context of the workplace or with their own families when the stakes are much higher.

How to Make Greatness a Pillar of Your Child's Education

Byron Garrett | Posted 10.09.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

While there are no cookie-cutter approaches to ensure our children's future success, there are lessons, ways of thinking and ways of being that we can introduce to children. It's never too early to start.

The Common Core State Standards Are Good for Democrats and Republicans

Bill Richardson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
Bill Richardson

The fact is, these standards are good for everyone. That's why none of the efforts to repeal the standards this year--that's zero--have succeeded. And for the sake of our students, I'm proud to say I'm confident they never will.

Education Reform Is Anti-American

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.04.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Despite the documentation provided by Singer, Schneider, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody and others, charter and school choice propaganda has persuaded millions of Americans that reform is about helping children.

Ten Years After, Before You Begin

Andrew Frishman | Posted 09.25.2015 | Education
Andrew Frishman

As a nation, it behooves us to consider how we prioritize various learning experiences. As millions of high school students leap through the hoops and hurdles of the next 9 months of the school year, we must look beyond short-term gains in specific skills and knowledge toward their longer term needs and desires.

The Unknown Struggles Of A Bilingual Student

Patricia Sanchez | Posted 09.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Patricia Sanchez

I had two worlds growing up and they seemed never to cross. It was difficult to balance both worlds and at times it felt like it would consume me. It would have been easier for me to fall into the usual life of a dead end job and stay with only a high school education, but I wanted more than that.

Opportunity and Hope in America's Public Schools

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Today's children are our nation's next generation of leaders. If we care about them, their future, and our nation's future, we must listen to their pleas and demand action and equity for all of our nation's public schools and students.

Come Together: A Reading List for Educators, Politicians and Parents to Bridge the Gap and Find Common Ground (Part One)

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Hopefully this series of mini book reviews, will help to contribute to bridging the gap and finding more common ground.

The Reason I Chose to Homeschool My Kids Has Nothing to Do With Teachers

Melissa Roy | Posted 09.14.2015 | Education
Melissa Roy

When I go on about why we choose to homeschool, I just want my teacher friends and readers to know: this is not about you. I know the hard work you put in to your job and the amazing people you are.