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The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

"We're foolish if we think we're going to end mass incarceration unless we are willing to deal with the reality that huge percentages of poor people are going to remain jobless, locked out of the mainstream economy, unless and until they have a quality education that prepares them well for the new economy."

It's Elementary: You Will Profit From an Investment in Your Local Public School

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 03.24.2012 | Education
Lisa Kaas Boyle

My first year has been more fulfilling than I could ever have imagined, and I want to share some highlights with the hope that I might encourage you to go to your local public school and find out how you can help.

Mayor 13 Percent Failed Me

Jazmine Miller | Posted 03.24.2012 | New York
Jazmine Miller

You often hear the Department of Education brag about our improved graduation rates in NYC. But what good does it do to graduate more students if only a handful of them are prepared for the future?

Baad, Baad Teecherz

Dennis Danziger | Posted 03.24.2012 | Education
Dennis Danziger

Sad that Nicholas Kristof is joining a pool of writers who are creating a new American stereotype: the bad teacher.

School Vending Machines Don't Make Tweens Gain Weight, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home

The explosion of obesity and unhealthy eating among children in recent years is deadly serious. It's already increased the prevalence of things like d...

Calling the Right Plays to Help Teachers Succeed

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

We all have an interest in ensuring that our children's teachers are effective, but we must help them sharpen their game, not just keep score.

Let Teachers Teach

Larry Strauss | Posted 03.16.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

Anyone who ever finds him or herself asking teachers to do anything other than teach students ought to do so with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Does The Largest School Choice Program Illegally Use Public Money To Support Religion?

AP | By CHARLES WILSON | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- A judge upheld Indiana's school voucher law on Friday, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unco...

Why One Mother Hates the School Bus Ride

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.13.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

The school bus is one of the places that kids get teased the most and I believe that this is partly due to the older kids having so much unsupervised access to the younger kids.

Federal Judge Orders Removal Of Prayer Mural In Rhode Island School

AP | Posted 01.12.2012 | Education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal judge has ordered the immediate removal of a prayer mural displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island public high scho...

The Compensation Conversation: A Teacher's Two Cents

Teach Plus | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

There's one perspective conspicuously missing from the teacher salary discussion: a teacher's. How do we feel about how we're compensated? In what direction would we like to see this conversation move?

SFC & SB 130: "Innovating" Around Teacher Voice?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

It's a rare thing to meet a public school stakeholder who honestly believes politicians and corporate-funded lobbying groups should have more say over education than educators do. Yet that's exactly what's happening.

New National Sex Ed Standards Encourage 'Safe Sex,' Sexual Identity, Anti-Bullying

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts and, by the end of fifth grade, know that sexual orientation...

Does More Money Mean Better Education?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Amid major slashes to public funding, political leaders have cited assertions that money doesn't affect student learning to sometimes justify cutting ...

Education Reform: Where's the Debate?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Schools do not operate in a vacuum. Poverty has devastating effects on a child's social and emotional development. For our poorest students, just getting to school can be a challenge.

The Decline of Public Good

Robert Reich | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Meryl Streep's eery reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady brings to mind Thatcher's most famous quip, "there is no such thing as 'society.'" The GOP hasn't quoted her yet, but they might as well.

Teachers Want to Learn, Too: Evaluations We Believe In

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Across the country, the question of how best to evaluate teachers -- and how to use evaluations effectively -- continues to cause stirring debates among teachers and policymakers.

Inside DPS: Don't Believe the Hype: Ten Things You Don't Know About DPS

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 03.04.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

I'll bet you think you know a lot about Detroit Public Schools from reading the headlines and watching the nightly news, right? Well, I'm about to surprise you

State Graduation Rate Improves, 20% Still Fail To Finish In 4 Years

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

HARTFORD, Conn. — State education officials say Connecticut's high school graduation rate improved in 2010, but nearly 1 in 5 students failed to...

Ethnic Studies Ruling Escalates Arizona Schools Struggle

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

Analyzing problems in the real world and coming up with solutions. If officials think that's anathema to a sound education, they've given civil rights advocates the most principled argument yet for why ethnic studies is so vital for the next generation of leaders.

Inside DPS: Faces of Volunteers Tell the Real Story

Steven Wasko | Posted 02.28.2012 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Look a Reading Corps volunteer in the face, or see that familiar red CityYear jacket, or stumble upon the dozens of Quicken Loans staff who have adopted Chrysler School, and you might catch the volunteer fever yourself.

New Teachers Reflect on Teaching in 2011

Susan Sawyers | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

To wind down 2011, we asked some first-year public school teachers to tell us what they've learned now that they have some experience in the classroom.

Opt Out Chronicles: Politicians Are Not the Answer

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How do we allow our children to take part in a system imposed by political operatives, lobbyists, and think tanks that only want to get at the money tied up in public schools and declare the public system a failure?

How Do We Move Mountains?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Here's hoping that 2012 will be the year when we stop abandoning schools and people as "failures" and begin reconnecting communities to build long-term educational, social and economic success.

Kansas City Schools Slammed With Lawsuit Over Transfers

Posted 02.27.2012 | Education

Five suburban school districts have filed suit to stop student transfers from Kansas City Public Schools to their districts until various issues like ...