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"Wait, Mom, Are Those Police or Isis?"...

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.

The Atlanta Cheating Scandal: Students Were the Victims, but the School System Suffers Too

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Something remarkable happened as the cheating case, which dates back to 2005, unfolded. Over the last 13 years, Atlanta students have made significant progress on another test, the widely respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), administered through the Education Department and considered the "gold standard" of educational testing in the U.S.

Two Important Test Questions

Peter Greene | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The full range of debate about the Big Standardized Tests really comes down to answering two critical questions about the testing: Does the test collect good data? And what action is taken with the data?

Lesson for Urban Cities: How Chicagoans Stand Up for Quality Schools

Andrew Broy | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Andrew Broy

Chicago has been a school reform battlefield for decades. That is why the re-election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel carries with it national implications. In a race mirroring national trends, a centrist big-city Democrat faced off against a progressive challenger attacking him from the left.

Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

Burns Strider | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Burns Strider

Initiative 42 matters to a group of dedicated and hard working Mississippians who have raised more than $2 million and organized as 42 for Better Schools to pass this important initiative.

Daniel Marans

Maryland Schools To Get Stiffed, Says Governor

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Thursday that he will not be releasing $68 million allocated by the state legislature for education, of which ...

Federal Appeals Court Hears Case Over Student's Suspension for Posting a Profane Rap Video Online

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Student Press Law Center

Off-campus speech that students share on the Internet must have heightened protection from school disciplinary authority to keep whistle-blowers and rap artists safe from punishment, an attorney for a suspended Mississippi high school student told appellate judges Tuesday.

Unleashing the Fierce Power of Your Belief

Harriet Sanford | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

This month, the new class of teachers who will enter the education workforce in America's schools will graduate from colleges and universities across the nation. As more teachers retire, our workforce is skewing younger.

What Portion of Our Collective Wealth Are We Willing to Invest So People Can Succeed?

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The budget outline just passed by Congress would make massive cuts in anti-poverty programs. The president is right to reject that stunted vision and to insist that Congress stop the cuts and re-start investing.

Food Revolution: Think Outside the (Lunch) Box

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

If we can have nut-free schools, we can have junk-free schools. Our nation's schools should be places committed to nurturing bodies and minds, and not teaching lessons destructive to building strong and healthy children.

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...

It's All About Race

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The intersection of the criminal justice and education systems works very well to police the boundaries of caste in this country. Just look at Ferguson, Missouri, or Chicago, or New York City or Milwaukee. Or Baltimore.

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

N.Y.C. Actor Promotes Anti-Bullying Through Hip-Hop Education

HooplaHa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When you're a kid, the pressure to fit in can feel insurmountable. The situation is made worse when a they witness an episode of peer bullying and feel confused about how to handle it.

Parent Opt-Out Movement: Engine of Common Core Unraveling?

Allison Hertog | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Allison Hertog

There will continue to be strong opposition to the Common Core in some quarters, but the fierceness of the opt-out movement in places like New York will hopefully be a temporary entry in the short history of parental civil disobedience.

The Testing Opt-Out Movement Explodes, and the Empire Strikes Back

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

As the resistance continues to escalate, we will no doubt see more threats and misrepresentations. But the movement shows every sign of remaining energized and united, keeping its eyes on the prize: a more rational approach to assessment and accountability that does not turn schools into test prep centers full of fearful teachers and disengaged students.

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

Students: Find Your Passion

Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

My hope for you is that you realize that all of the pressure of this year, all of the stressors and worries, have set you up to succeed wherever you land. It is up to you to find the career that will make you genuinely happy.

Vote a Wish

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

A week ago, I had the Illinois General Assembly meeting streaming in live on my computer. I wanted to follow the life of HB306, the bill that would bestow upon Illinois parents, the legal right to speak on behalf of their children when it comes to opting out of standardized tests.

With Child Hunger on the Rise, Food Bank Collaborates With Schools to Feed Families

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

While far too many children are at risk of hunger in our state and across the country, we believe our community has the determination to address the problem. By working together, food banks, schools and public and private funders can solve the problem of child hunger in Michigan and across the country.

Hawaii's Public School Sex Education Is Confusing

www.civilbeat.com | Civil Beat | Posted 04.29.2015 | Hawaii

When it comes to sex education in Hawaii, deciding how schools should address the subject is about as messy and confusing for the adults in charge as...

Set Up to Fail: High Stakes Testing in Public Schools

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Stacey Steinberg

Imagine being a nine-year-old child. Picture yourself studying for a test, walking into class, feeling confident you prepared the best you could. How would you feel if after finishing the test you only understood half the questions? Would your confidence be shaken?

Is Learning Increasingly Self-Directed in the Digital Era?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

It is vital that educators be trained to recognize and nurture self-directed learning using technology and be capable of creating learning environments that support it.

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.