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Ridding Schools of Fast Food, Junk Food, and Soda Pushers

Michele Simon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Michele Simon

Maintaining the presence of fast food, soft drink, and junk food companies in public schools sends all the wrong messages to children. These companies are eager to sell their products in schools because they want to get kids hooked at an early age, to ensure brand loyalty for life.

The School Closure Movement

Jason Duchin | Posted 06.05.2013 | New York
Jason Duchin

Wouldn't it be more logical to enact real reform -- especially if there is not very compelling evidence for what the school closure movement is accomplishing?

"Nobody Asked Us!" School Closings, Public Decision-Making, and, Yes, There Is a Better Way

Susan Naimark | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

Last week, thousands of teachers, parents, students and community leaders showed up in Chicago's downtown loop to protest the closing of 54 schools. Chicago is not alone: from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, public schools are being shuttered in low-income, urban communities of color.

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.

20 Ways to Enjoy Free Online Learning and Classes: MOOCs and More

Scott Steinberg | Posted 06.04.2013 | College
Scott Steinberg

Here's a look at several of the best websites, services and solutions that can help you tap into the benefits these online lectures and lessons offer.

Stand Up for Liberty by Sitting Out the Pledge of Allegiance

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Erik Nielson

It never ceases to amaze me that, day after day, otherwise rational parents allow their impressionable young children to partake in a ritual so rooted in conformity that it seems inimical to the principles of freedom and individualism that underpin our country.

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs.

What Is the Impact of a School District?

Eric Lerum | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Eric Lerum

The Brookings report finds that there are districts at both ends of the spectrum: districts that negatively impact student achievement and districts whose impacts are significantly positive. There is a clear delineation among districts that add and subtract value when it comes to student learning.

The Device Conundrum

Eric Sheninger | Posted 05.27.2013 | Technology
Eric Sheninger

As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

With Little Resources for Arts in Schools, Theatres Bring Performances to the Classroom

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Right now, a specially-commissioned play is touring schools in 12 Ohio counties, bringing theatre to kids so that they don't have to leave school, ride a bus and miss out on mandated teaching programs.

Public Schools and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Students from disenfranchised social groups in the United States continue to receive substandard K-12 education and have significantly less access to higher education and other valued social opportunities and resources.

Another Film About a Struggling School... Why Should You Care?

Jacquie Jones | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
Jacquie Jones

It's time to address the top-down, mostly privately-funded school reform "movement" currently shaping our national education policy and the impact it's having on black and brown and, most especially, poor children.

Hitting the Reset Button on Zero Tolerance

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Lynda Bekore

For any student, the stigma and shame of a school suspension can be emotionally life-altering; for older students, suspensions become part of their permanent record, adversely affecting their chances of acceptance to college.

Expect More!

Jonah Edelman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Imagine a crowd of 1,000 14-year-olds. Now pick 10 of them. That's how many will get a decent education and a shot at a brighter future. There's a lot that needs to change to improve those unacceptable outcomes. But the first thing? Expectations.

The Wealth Gap Is an Opportunity Gap

Valerie Ervin | Posted 05.17.2013 | Impact
Valerie Ervin

We have to do more than tread water. The sense of urgency is great. A new wave of civic engagement in communities of color is necessary to move this agenda forward. It is the only way that opportunity for all will be attainable.

Parents, Teachers and Unions: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Susan Naimark | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

While the CTU didn't get everything they were after, their organizing raised awareness about the larger trends towards privatization and increasing isolation of the lowest income children in inferior, under-resourced schools.

The Revolution Is Here -- Are You Ready?

Gino Campagna | Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Gino Campagna

If we decentralize the process of making food and make the decision to go back to functioning kitchens in schools, we can create new, quality jobs, help grow a healthier generation and maybe even save money!

Top 10 Ways [Funny] Parents Cope With Waiting for School Assignments

Nato Green | Posted 05.11.2013 | San Francisco
Nato Green

If you don't know, the pending letters are not the end of the journey. They're only round one assignments.They're allegedly based on the preferences expressed by the parents, but legend holds that schools are assigned by magic 8-ball.

Charter Schools? Why, Exactly?

Rob Furman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Rob Furman

There has been constant debate surrounding charter schools. I have a very simple question that I want to explore: What's the point?

Chicago Public Schools Thinks 40 Students in a Class Is OK

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Illinois State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch wants to repeal class size limits for special education students. This policy change runs counter to the prevailing research that shows class size truly does matter.

The Random Act of Kindness That Reminded Me That People Do Appreciate What We Teachers Do

Sherri Grant Gould | Posted 05.05.2013 | Good News
Sherri Grant Gould

I told the story in the teachers' room the next morning, where my friends and colleagues listened with tears in their eyes and joy in their hearts. Those teachers, like me, walked a little taller that day.

Yoga for Self-Regulation of At-Risk Children

Rob Schware | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

"I would like kids to understand that they can do yoga anytime, anywhere, no matter how old they are. I also hope that yoga practice empowers them physically, mentally, and emotionally to be the best version of themselves that they are capable of being at any given moment."

The Billionaires' Threat to California's and America's Schools

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

Why should beliefs by some trump the democratic rights of others? It should be up to the voters, rather than the courts, to decide whether our policies based on social science or the billionaires' hunches should be the law of the land.

On School Choice

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Paul Schwennesen

The winds of competition can be uncomfortably brisk, but they do a marvelous job of clearing the cobwebs...

Is Piano Class the Key to Public School Music? Working Individually as a Group May Be the Answer

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Kate Quarfordt

2013-03-04-PixfromHomeComputer173.jpg From its humble beginnings in the trailer and the closet to illustrious stages at performance venues throughout the city, the Bronx Prep Piano Program has transformed the lives of hundreds of talented South Bronx students.