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Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Would Put Educators’ Learning on a Starvation Diet

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Linda Darling-Hammond

This week, President Trump released his “skinny budget” proposal, calling for wide-ranging cuts in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), includin...

Trump's Budget Invests In Private Schools, Cuts Programs For Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump wants to cut the Department of Education’s budget by 13 percent, or $9 billion overall, eliminating a program that provides a...

Shifting The School Choice Debate

Matthew Randazzo | Posted 03.14.2017 | Education
Matthew Randazzo

The decades-long fight over school choice pits two well-worn arguments: “Students, and by extension our economy, are suffering because public school...

Vouchers Will Destroy Public Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.07.2017 | Education
Steve Nelson

The appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education has invited fresh scrutiny of voucher programs. As reasonably informed people already know, D...

If Charter Schools Don’t Reject This Doctine, They’ll Cease To Be Labs of Innovation

Jeanne Allen | Posted 02.20.2017 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Regulations are strangling the charter sector.Panic struck the education establishment over the election of President Donald Trump and his selection o...

Parents Can't Wait For Traditional Schools To Fix Themselves. That's Why We Choose Charters.

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 02.15.2017 | Parents
Ana Beatriz Cholo

In my mind, there's no time to wait. Our kids deserve a chance. Not in a decade, not in a year, but now.

Parsing HB-2's Bathroom Babble

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The toothless babble of HB-2 "protects" no one other than perhaps employers whose employees have more restricted rights as a result. Let's repeal this political mess that backfired on McCrory and will backfire on Berger and Moore as well if we don't move on.

Education Reform Debate Misses The Point

Shirley Franklin | Posted 02.15.2017 | Education
Shirley Franklin

Are charter schools good or bad for low-income children of color? It’s a question that will come up a lot in an increasingly polarized political env...

Republicans will regret confirming Betsy DeVos

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The recent appointment of Betsy DeVos has proved one thing - conservatives are far more concerned about politics than they are about educating childre...

5 Radically Different Approaches to Technology in Schools

Lynn Perkins | Posted 02.14.2017 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Not long ago, I was checking email when a Google doc notification popped up. It was from my son Will, who was then in second grade. The document he wa...

OK, Betsy DeVos Is Now Education Secretary, But The Fight Over Her Agenda Has Just Begun

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Betsy DeVos was confirmed on Tuesday, by a razor-thin margin, after an extraordinary outpouring of opposition. That means she will serv...

Oak Park Schools Need A Radical Solution To Inequality

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 02.06.2017 | Chicago
Christian Chiakulas

The negative reaction that some white parents have to the idea of putting their high-achieving students in the same classes as disadvantaged students of color evidences the passive racism of the white moderate.

Chuck Schumer: Trump's Education Pick Would 'Single-Handedly Decimate' Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a scathing statement Thursday that he plans to vote against President Donald Tr...

Betsy DeVos And National School Choice Week

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Peter Montgomery

This is National School Choice Week, an annual public relations spectacle designed to promote positive feelings about policies that undermine public e...

My Disabled Daughter Is Not Guaranteed An Education Under Betsy DeVos

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Phoebe Holmes

The fate of my daughter's education is now up for debate it seems. Not so much what kind of education she should have, but if she's deserving of one. That the possible Secretary of Education wants to leave it up for discussion at some other time is not good enough.

Hearings Confirm One Thing: Betsy DeVos Is Unqualified To Lead The Nation's Public Schools

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.18.2017 | Education
Eric Cooper

Betsy DeVos's confirmation hearings for Secretary of Education started Tuesday, nearly a week after they were scheduled to occur. The delay, I underst...

'Teaching Back' In The Trump Years: An Offer Of Support For Teachers

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 01.17.2017 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Americans have been talking about bullying and its negative consequences in recent years more than ever before, but the popular discourse on bullying reflects a number of incorrect assumptions about who bullies are and whom they target.

Does School Accountability Matter to the Trump Administration?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 01.03.2017 | Education
Peter Cunningham

With 2017 upon us and a new administration in Washington prepared to take over, it's a good time to reflect on the federal role in public education. B...

How To Skip School, Go To Vegas and Get Straight A's

Rohil Aniruth | Posted 01.02.2017 | HuffPost Live 321
Rohil Aniruth

I have my drink in one hand and my laptop in the other, grinding up the dance floor while simultaneously submitting my assignments, singing "Bitch don...

Can Industry, The Church And Jail Predict The Future Of Education?

Rob Furman | Posted 12.23.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

What conclusion can you draw from the past and the examples of what has happened to the groups from which public education was modeled?

10 New Year Resolutions For Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

With more children in foster care now than in years past, the foster care system in the United States is in need of attention, and in some ways, in ne...

In Education, Money Matters!

Alan Singer | Posted 12.22.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

"Money don't matter" is the mantra of right-wing anti-tax and anti-public education groups.

New York City Police Officers with Publicolor

Publicolor | Posted 01.03.2017 | New York

New York City Police officers have been painting with students at a middle school in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The police officer...

A Manifesto For American Education

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Have we lost the boldness of America's revolutionary spirit? We built the greatest nation on earth by committing ourselves to our beliefs and principles. Why not apply that same spirit to American education?

Can Mainstream Schools Meet the Diverse Needs of Students?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.14.2016 | Education
Lydia L. Callis

In the year 2016, one might assume that education for those who are d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing has advanced to the point where deaf young people in Am...