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Rauner's Essentials

Michael Beyer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

Gov. Rauner is worth billions, and adds 60 million dollars a year to his personal coffers. If Gov. Rauner continues to push his agenda of austerity, he should be honest and admit that his wealth isn't essential, either.

Only Christians Should Apply? Ad Shows Public Schools Still Have Plenty to Learn

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

In America, we are not all Christian. We are Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, secular humanists, and so much more. Public schools should be a place to learn about many faiths instead of just one.

Enough With the 'Is My Child a Genius/Gifted?' Nonsense

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Laura Lifshitz

Remind your child today what being a kid is all about. Finding joy in the everyday adventures and realizing that there is adventure in the every ordinary, below-average day, because to a child nothing is truly ever ordinary.

Stay Angry

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Larry Strauss

We are angry. A lot of people are angry. But the anger is a symptom. A symptom of something larger. A symptom of an education system for which no one feels accountable, a symptom of a society that is mostly indifferent to the children we serve.

The Hard Truth America's Children Are Forced to Learn

Isabel Song | Posted 03.20.2015 | Teen
Isabel Song

America doesn't care that having armed security guards at school doesn't do a single thing to make me feel safe in a place where I'm supposed to walk into a classroom ready to learn.

The Debate and the Evidence on the Impact of NCLB

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

There is currently a flurry of debate focused on the question of whether "NCLB worked." This question, which surfaces regularly in the education field, is particularly salient in recent weeks, as Congress holds hearings on reauthorizing the law.

It's Time to Change the Narrative on Sexual Assault in Our High Schools

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

Finally, college sexual assault is being taken seriously. Even Obama has made it a top priority for his administration, releasing guidelines on how these cases are to be treated by colleges. But, here's the problem: It's not just about college. It's also about the pervasive sexual victimization of girls in high school.

Tips to Help Your Child Gain an Edge in School and Life

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Mehdi Toozhy

Smart children have many opportunities. They do well in school, learn faster, get scholarships and awards, and most importantly, they end up ahead in many ways in the competitive business world as adults.

Congressional Education Reauthorization: Urgent Need for School Leadership Academy Program

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

If America is serious about effectively educating the millions of disadvantaged children in its lowest-achieving schools, it must transform these schools so that they engage their students' interests and effectively teach them a challenging curriculum.

Hey, Hey, Cuomo, Your Education Plan Has Got to Go

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

What is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan? He offers increased funding, but only if his reforms on teacher evaluation and so-called merit pay are also adopted. But the reality is that using students' results on standardized tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers -- also known as Value Added Assessment (VAM) -- is simply not supported by research on the matter.

The Best School Choice: The More Parents Know, the Better

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Curtis Valentine

My role as an unapologetic advocate for public education in the most affluent predominately African-American county in America often turns a trip to the park into a lesson on why large public education systems struggle, and why successful parents may be asking the wrong questions before making choices for their children.

Christina Wilkie

Texas Is Doing Something Genuinely Progressive And The World Didn't End

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- School discipline reforms in Texas have helped reduce the number of students charged with crimes for misbehaving in school by as much as...

The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets

NationSwell | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Workshop Houston, which has been running for more than a decade, has helped approximately 1,000 students in a neighborhood where extracurricular activities are sparse and one in four families live below the poverty line.

P 154 Brooklyn Students, Parents and Teachers Join Citywide Opposition to Common Core Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On Thursday March 12, my grandchildren Sadia and Gideon and I rushed to their school early. We joined hands with over two hundred parents, teachers, and kids at P 154 in Windsor-Terrace Brooklyn to protest against Governor Andrew Cuomo's push for high stakes testing.

Rejections Or Wait Lists -- What To Do?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

After the time-consuming process of researching, visiting and interviewing at many NYC private schools, nothing is more disappointing than receiving a rejection or wait list letter. What should you do now?

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

The Straw That Broke the Teacher's Back

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.08.2015 | 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.

Teachers Deserve Better

Eric Sheninger | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

My message is to everyone who has and continues to bash teachers by implementing accountability structures that will do nothing to help our students succeed in life and follow their dreams.

Michigan Public School District Backs Down From Christianity Requirement

The Associated Press | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion

McBAIN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting...

New York Parents and Teachers Challenge Cuomo's Mis-Education Plan

Alan Singer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On March 12, New York City parents, teachers, and students plan to create a "ring around" the school building at every New York City public school before the start of the school day to press demands that Cuomo's plans be stopped. NYSAPE is planning a similar statewide protest for March 26.

Teachers and Parents Need to Support Their Kids' Learning

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Every teacher and school leader needs the training, the tools, the time, and the trust to be able to use data to help students--and to help their parents better support their students learning. I have been fortunate to be part of a school that values and uses information. Doesn't every parent deserve that opportunity? I think so.

Cuomo and New York State Continue to Fail Minority Youth

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Politicians whine. Politicians bluster. Politicians blame. New York State Governor Andy Cuomo does it with the worst of them, especially when it comes to education. It is easy to blame teachers.

The Teachers of the New York City Public Schools Need Your Help

Cora Sangree | Posted 04.29.2015 | New York
Cora Sangree

Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York State. We want to let you know, from a teacher's perspective, the changes this law could bring to public schools -- and to our profession -- if it passes.

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the Senate education committee members should adopt FEA's proposals and report out an ESEA reauthorization bill that finally provides hope for America's millions of disadvantaged students.

The Difference Between Can't and Won't

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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.