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A Step Forward in Washington, a Step Back in New York

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

There's no silver bullet when it comes to helping all children achieve. Great public schools are our best shot. But until we have more leaders willing to look past ideology, listen to those closest to the classroom and find common ground, we won't move forward.

School Allegedly Forced Student With Autism To Run On A Treadmill Until He Collapsed

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents

The state of Hawaii is expected to settle a case for $30,000 after a student with autism and his family sued the state for emotional trauma. The famil...

Governor Cuomo Started This War: Teachers and Parents, Let's Prepare For Battle

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As a public education activist, I have literally been sick to my stomach since the New York State Legislature approved a budget, complete with education "reforms" proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on April 1. It wasn't a joke -- and I am angry, upset, and devastated, to say the least.

Burning the Village to Save It

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Jorge Cabrera spent three years working as a community organizer for an education reform group in Bridgeport, CT. Now Cabrera is speaking out about a movement that he says is obsessed with charter schools, averse to real debate and in thrall to Ivy League leaders -- even if they've never led anything.

A Volunteer Is Changed for Life By Volunteering at a Local School

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

I can't even write about Mel Ryane's memoir without falling apart laughing. This hilarious account of a former actress naively volunteering to teach Shakespeare to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders at a Los Angeles public school is a delicious read for readers of all stripes.

Good Morning, You're Now a CEO

Stevon Cook | Posted 04.02.2015 | San Francisco
Stevon Cook

My platform as a young black man in a high level position is to actively participate in the work of expanding options for youth of color and girls and to encourage them to tackle issues they care about, be creative, build things, and embrace discomfort.

Why Now Is the Time to Go Into Teaching

Sean McComb | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Sean McComb

It's time to move the conversation from dissecting what was said, or whether a single opinion is right or wrong, to focus on why it was said. Why do those sentiments resonate among teachers? What can we do about the underlying challenges?

Who's To Blame For Pennsylvania's School Closings?

Peter Greene | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

It is some sort of amazing Jedi mind trick -- citizens and taxpayers are looking right past the causes of schools' financial problems and deciding to blame it all on local school boards.

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

Alana Baum | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Our challenges are immense and urgent. But we have dedicated educators and families, and a mayor who's proven he'll take the heat to work on our budget. If we responsibly fund education, then even during tough times, we have so much to feel optimistic about.

Teaching Students Happiness and Innovation

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As educators and parents, we know that our kids will create the future. What skills should they be learning at school and at home to help them along the way? Ferry offers new ways of thinking about parenting and education and the values our children need to attain.

It's All About the Children

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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.

Girls in Pakistan and Other Countries Should Not be Afraid to Want to Learn

Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz

Education is important for everyone -- most of us agree. So why is it that in many countries girls do not walk alongside boys? Why do girls have to cover their books and risk their lives to learn? Books are our future, and we believe that education is a fundamental right.

The Straw That Broke the Teacher's Back

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Real education reform requires many voices, working on a variety of platforms, and a variety of issues. But the one voice that is consistently missing is the voice of educators. We can change that as a profession.

Why Our Kids Don't Love School Anymore

Michael Elliot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Parents and students talked about the dramatic changes in curriculum and a flood of test prep in classes and homework. Some spoke about the massive expenditures for technology and testing materials, as hands-on instructional time declined.

Machiavelli in the Classroom

John Ewing | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
John Ewing

The notion that we can judge success after one or two years is simple ignorance. Test scores can be valuable to students, but education is far more than a few dozen tests in Math and English. Education is not naturally a part of politics, and when politicians get involved in the details, they inevitably make a mess.

How to Raise American Educational Standards: A Discussion With Randy Barth, Founder and Co-Author of THINK Together

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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.

Congress, Don't Abandon Latino Students. Don't Pass H.R. 5!

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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.

The Difference Between Can't and Won't

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Ronnie Musgrove

Recently, a study by Education Week found that Mississippi has the worst schools in America. Mississippi ranked 51st -- behind every other state, and the District of Columbia.

Cartoons Terrorize Parisian Family: Teaching Colonialism

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

We'd begin with contemporary Paris, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and bloodshed. We'd then quickly turn to Caché. If I were teaching again, this is how I'd start my literature and film class about colonialism.

Is Scott Walker Attacking Public Colleges For His Presidential Run?

New York Times | Posted 02.17.2015 | College

MADISON, Wis. — Atop a steep hill on the University of Wisconsin campus is a granite boulder affixed with a bronze plaque honoring the university sy...

A Caution to Early Educators

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Katharine B. Stevens

It's important to remember that getting money in the budget isn't nearly enough to realize the promise of early education. How early learning programs are designed and carried out is as important as whether they're done at all.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School –- Part 15

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Bible as Literature was part of a senior humanities English course that began with the Greeks and critical thinking, continued with the Bible, and concluded with a survey of British literature and an in-depth study of Hamlet.

How Dearborn Schools Became a Model for America

Brian Stone | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Brian Stone

Here in Dearborn, Michigan, we're now offering high school students the chance to get a diploma and an associates degree in five years. If they complete the program, the student will have paid nothing.

Bushwick Storefront a Model School

Steph Thompson | Posted 04.05.2015 | Education
Steph Thompson

Trying to govern the world with force I see this not succeeding. The world is a spiritual thing, it cannot be forced, to force it is to harm it, to control it is to lose it.

To Learn or to Educate?

Meral Barlas | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
Meral Barlas

To be honest, at times it seems like one company is ruling my life. No, not some designer brand or worldwide corporation, but the College Board -- from AP classes to administering the SAT, it pretty much monopolizes my life.