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From Private to Public

Philip O Sullivan | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Philip O Sullivan

After going to private school for seven years, switching to a public school and going into my first year of high school was a scary experience for me.

Bake Sale Mania Makes Me a Maniac

Anna Sandler | Posted 03.15.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

The Bake Sale mania at my kids' public school has made me a maniac. There is just no other word for it. Maniac. Cue '80s Flashdance flashback, but with mom jeans, rage and cupcakes.

Why I Will Never Homeschool My Children

Eva Glettner | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

You know the age old adage "absence makes the heart grow fonder?" Well, in my case, it makes me adore my children (almost) unconditionally. When I am given a bit of a break from my brood, I relish the time that I do spend with them. Homeschooling parents, HOW DO YOU DO IT?

Giving Our Children an Equal Opportunity to Succeed

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

This is a challenging time to be young and poor in the United States. How do we return fairness and equal opportunity to the lives of poor children? How can we improve their chances in life?

Bright Spots on the Educational Landscape

Michael Khoury | Posted 10.28.2012 | Detroit
Michael Khoury

The state of education in Detroit continues to draw increasing attention, which is a good thing. However, the attention continues to focus on the negatives and the many positive solutions are relatively unnoticed.

Why You Shouldn't Dread The First Day Of School (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2012 | Teen

Going back to school isn't necessarily fun, per se. Once the excitement of buying school supplies is over, you have to sit at a desk for six hours, wo...

Pushing Children Out of School -- A New American Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?

The State Tests Are Over (Should It Be for Good?)

Cory Zacker | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Cory Zacker

Yes, there has to be accountability, but at what cost? Students are spending valuable classroom time doing test prep for months. It's time for this to change and everyone knows it.

Education Not Incarceration for Young Men of Color

Fermin Vasquez | Posted 05.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Fermin Vasquez

The future of California depends on the brainpower of the next generation. We cannot march victorious into the future without our young men. It is time to turn the page.

The Great Battle of 2012 In California

Fermin Vasquez | Posted 05.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Fermin Vasquez

Corporations and the 1% with their unlimited cash coffers and influence over Sacramento politicians will seek to drown out the voices of the 99%. While they may have unlimited resources, we have unquenchable creativity and people power.

Triple Canopy Hosts An Epic Reading of Gertrude Stein

T.J. Carlin | Posted 04.04.2012 | Arts
T.J. Carlin

Recently Triple Canopy, Light Industry and the Public School re-opened their doors in North Brooklyn at 155 Freeman, ending a hiatus in the programs o...

Teen Claims School Expelled Him For Dressing Like A Girl

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.14.2012 | Gay Voices

Jamie Love, a 17-year-old high school student who was allegedly expelled for wearing women's clothes, has won his fight to return to school, the Scott...

Teacher Accused Of Stealing Money For Party

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.12.2012 | Education

Liza Cruz Diaz, 45, has been removed from her position as principal of Public School 31 in the Bronx, New York, after being accused of stealing around...

Young People Standing Up for Themselves and for Our Nation

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.01.2012 | Black Voices
Marian Wright Edelman

Our public schools are resegregating, and many of the 73 percent of black students and 78 percent of Hispanic students who still attend predominantly segregated schools continue to suffer with tattered books, crumbling school facilities and too many teachers with low expectations for them.

School Denies HIV Positive Boy Admission, Faces Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.02.2011 | Education

This 13-year-old from Delaware County, Pa. seems like the perfect candidate for a private boarding school: He's an honor student, is active in sports,...

The Courage of Convictions in the Era of NCLB

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

For all of the fuss over "no excuses" and "accountability," permission is willingly granted for fly-by-night organizations to slap a few bricks onto a side of a building and call it a school.

Annual Evaluations, Honest Feedback for Public School Teachers

Thomas A. Dooher | Posted 09.24.2011 | Education
Thomas A. Dooher

All parents know test scores are not a complete measure of their child's abilities. And they certainly should not be the primary way to evaluate teachers or their students.

Zak Pelaccio Launches The Cooking Room, A Public School Kitchen Classroom

Zak Pelaccio | Posted 09.04.2011 | Home
Zak Pelaccio

A classroom in a NYC Public School dedicated solely to teaching elementary school kids how to create tasty food with real, fresh, non-processed ingredients. I had never heard of anything like it.

A Public School Teacher's Thoughts on Graduation

Ilana Garon | Posted 09.02.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

As nice as it feels to get something right the first time, there's no lesson in it. The accomplishments you'll be most proud of in life will be hard-fought, full of setbacks, errors, and -- yes -- failure.

Joy Resmovits

New Laws That Begin, Expand Programs That Use Public Money For Private Schooling Attract Lawsuits, Investigations | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.24.2011 | Education

Cindra Barnard loves her district's public schools. That's why she's fighting the school board. Barnard is a resident of Douglas County, Colo., whe...

Public Funding for Private Schools -- How Can I Ask Parents To Accept Less Than I'd Want For My Kids?

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

As many traditional districts around the country are seeing, giving parents choice in the form of charter schools and private scholarships forces districts to improve to keep their students.

Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Larry Strauss | Posted 06.15.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Educate this generation of children, because democracy and freedom are not entitlements. Every generation must learn them and then earn them or we may ultimately lose them.

It's Cyclical, Stupid

Larry Strauss | Posted 06.01.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

If we can cut millions of dollars in L.A.'s public school expenses without affecting what goes on inside of our classrooms then why were we spending that money in the first place?

My Come-to-Jesus Moment

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rich Siegel

I have this undeniably strong sense of Jewishness. Which makes it all the more ironic that my wife and I are attempting to send our daughters to Saint Monica's Catholic High School.

A Public School Teacher Shops Around for a Private School

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

I gave her a few pieces of advice, which I now pass on to you if you are entertaining the private sector for your student. It is, after all, that time of year when applications are due.