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'I Teach Students, Not Subjects'

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers, parents, and administrators are raising their voices louder, and in solidarity, as unrealistic demands for students are being handed down from education policy makers and corporate reformers.

Los Angeles Unified Must Refocus: 5 Ways Bad Ed Tech Deals in LAUSD Hurt Kids Right Now

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Recently released investigative reports by a Southern California radio station has increased public scrutiny of Superintendent John Deasy's cozy relationships with Apple and Pearson executives before both corporations won the bid to supply LAUSD with iPads.

Expecting Excellence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

To ensure that all their students learn what they need to learn requires that the school be organized to a fare-thee-well and that everyone pull her weight.

6 Things From My Elementary School Days I Wish My Kids Could Experience

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

I figured a lot had changed since I was in school, but getting my son's first report card threw me for the biggest loop.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

Why I'll Be Purple on October 16th

Zeke Stokes | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

In the midst of all life's uncertainties, we must create space that allows our youth -- especially LGBT youth -- to thrive so that they are able to reach their full potential.

Sam Levine

'It's Not Worth It To Become A Teacher At This Point,' Veteran Educator Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

When single mom Callie Hammond wants to buy something for her daughters, she says she has to choose between spending money on them or on the high scho...

The Games Charter Schools Play

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Welcome to the World of Charter Chutzpah! Charters as business windfall, with kids coming in a distant second, except as stage extras when charters march for even more money.

That Is The Poor Kids' Line

Angela Keck | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

We are living in a world where it is not OK to allow our children to bully one another, but it is still acceptable for parents and other adults to tear each other down for not fitting in, for not meeting a standard society has set for them.

Dana Goldstein Explains How Teachers Became America's Most Embattled Profession

John Thompson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Goldstein's history of top-down efforts to control teachers is a reminder of the truism that history repeats itself, ultimately as a farce. To liberate our profession, however, teachers must fight the larger battle, so that history doesn't repeat itself as a tragedy.

Changing How California Teaches History

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

History can be either a boring, anachronistic and even disempowering subject for children, or a magnificently life-changing and worldview-shaping one. California is at a moment now when it has to choose which of these approaches schools get to teach.

Can We Call 70 Percent of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents a Consensus?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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The True Story of Public Education in America

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.

Superintendent Leadership: Does It Really Matter?

Becca Bracy Knight | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Becca Bracy Knight

Our observations of urban system leadership over the past dozen years suggest several opportunities for improving the impact of school district leaders:

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

8 Reasons Parents Really Hate Sending Their Kids Back To School

Jenny Isenman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

My daughter spent 25 minutes deciding whether the folder with the kitten popping out of a birthday present was "better" than the folder with the puppy looking at the kitten with sad eyes while the kitten batted him in the snout. Seriously.

#After Ferguson, 100% Voting and Race Conversations

Laura Barrett | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Ever so tentatively, it feels like a new day is dawning here in the Show-Me state -- a day in which many residents are challenging their local and state police around basic law enforcement procedures.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Why There Are More Female Teachers Than Males

SFGate | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books

When he was only 18, Herman Melville taught for a winter in a crowded and underfunded one-room schoolhouse in rural Massachusetts....

How My Second-Grader Explains His Two-Mom Family, A Play in One Act

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Setting: Interior, my Subaru Outback, en route to a school field trip. Characters: Kid One, whom I have just met. Kid Two, who has been my son's clas...

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

Washington State Is Still Not Giving Enough Money To Public Schools

AP | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the wa...

Kids Are In School for About 15,000 Hours - Does How They Spend That Time Make a Difference?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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A New Toolkit to Support LGBT Inclusive Curriculum--Inspired by Bill O'Reilly

Debra Chasnoff | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Debra Chasnoff

We've seen that when talking about sexual orientation or gender identity, emotions can run high, misconceptions can spread, and divisive politics can get in the way of doing what is best for students and families.

The 5 Things I Wish My Kid's School Had

Kim Simon | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Think how much nicer we'd be in the drop-off line if we had a warm PSL waiting for us while we kissed our little learners goodbye. If you give a mama a muffin... well, you know how the story goes.