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Louisiana's Bold Bid To Privatize Public Schools

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon June 1 (Reuters) - Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with ...

Rural Idaho Public School Teaches 'Something About Patriotism Every Single Day'

AP | JESSIE L. BONNER | Posted 06.01.2012 | Education

GOODING, Idaho -- At North Valley Academy in the heart of Idaho's dairy country, a typical school day might seem like an over-the-top Fourth of July c...

Ten Commandments For Education Reform

Dan Ross | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Dan Ross

We must never forget that there is no task more sacred than teaching our children, and for this reason, people of faith can no longer stand idly by as our education system betrays our kids.

Bullying Can't Be Solved With More Bullying

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Hastily meting out consequences to satisfy a public relations problem hurts everyone and compromises the integrity of the entire school system.

School Budgets Pass, Students Continue to Lose

Alan Singer | Posted 07.30.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

If you keep cutting the budget, the school system will eventually fall apart, maybe not this year, maybe not the next, but it is going to happen.

Rescue Me

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Sen. Daylin Leach

Pennsylvania has a lot of school districts in grave financial distress. But as bad as this is, it gets far, far worse.

Teachers Maligned As 'Radicals' In Pro-Scott Walker Flyer

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

A conservative group in Milwaukee helped produce an anti-teacher flyer that identified the names and salaries of Janesville, Wis., public-school teach...

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Quiet Drama in Philadelphia

Ellen Brown | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Ellen Brown

Why does there always seem to be enough money for military expansion, prisons, bank bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy, but not enough for education -- or for jobs, housing, healthcare, or old age pensions?

Making Schools Work

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.21.2012 | Education
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

That's the title of David Kirp's opinion piece in this Sunday's New York Times. I'll begin with his punchline: School desegregation has been proven to...

Middle Schooler Faces Suspension For Crazy Haircut

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education

Patrick Gonzalez, a student at Woodlake Hills Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, was given in-school suspensionfor coming to class with the likeness...

It's Time to Succeed

Chris Gabrieli | Posted 05.17.2012 | Education
Chris Gabrieli

Here's a very simple, common sense idea -- if you practice something more, you get better at it; if you can't complete everything you need to do, take more time.

Fox News Host Blames Public Schools For Increase In Same-Sex Marriage Support

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 05.16.2012 | Education

On the heels of President Obama's public endorsement of gay marriage, Todd Starnes, host of the daily radio show "Fox News & Commentary," has said he ...

Suspension Rates at a Washington School Drop 85%: Does Kindness Play a Role?

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
Michael Jascz

While suspension rates have risen steadily since the 1970s, there remains little to no evidence that zero-tolerance discipline policies such as suspension and expulsion improve school safety or student achievement.

The Power of Corn Starch

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

hen I was growing up, my parents worried about me getting in a fistfight after school. Now parents have to worry about guns and knives in the school cafeteria.

A New Dawn for STEM Education

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Rep. Barbara Lee

The STEM gap is a real and complex issue. We cannot overcome the challenges we face without the collaboration of educators, parents, industry partners and mentors and policymakers with the courage to fight for bold investment in STEM education.

Teacher Appreciation -- More Than Just a Week?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.10.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Teacher Appreciation Week soon will be over. Will America's teachers continue to be subjected to degradation and prevented from having a meaningful say in their profession? Or will their dedication and desire to help kids be respected?

How to Learn in the 21st Century (Video)

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Luis Ubiñas

If we want American kids to compete and thrive in today's world, then re-imagining the school day needs to be something we each take up as a cause -- in our own schools, in our own towns, and all across the country.

Mentoring The Tough And Risky: A Small Cadre Of Successful Women Mentor At-Risk Youth

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Paul Wisenthal

Jabious and Anthony Williams enrolled in an entrepreneurship program at their high school, sponsored by NFTE. In class, Patty Alper and Mena Lofland changed their lives and mentored their successes.

Thank You, Mr. Seigman

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

As we continue to cut public education in unimaginable ways, please remember the amazing teachers that shaped your lives. Let us help fight to enable teachers to continue to provide the highest possible instruction possible.

Teachers' Lounge: The Bluff City Philosopher

Teach Plus | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Teachers need to wake up and realize every decision is a political decision. If teachers are not engaged, decisions will continue to be done to them rather than with them.

STEM STEM Technology STEM: Relax Reformers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

STEM fairs are still science fairs, my friends, and the latest techno-gadget or app is just something else to sell.

Why Our Children Should Be Taught to Meditate in School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Richard Schiffman

"Pay attention!" we tell the young. Yet we fail to give them the tools that they need in our increasingly distraction-filled world to calm and center their minds and get down to the business of learning.

5 Hidden Costs of Public High School

us news | Katy Hopkins | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report. With two sons already through public high school, mother of four Tamara Krause assumed...

A New Take on 'No Excuses' -- Tackling Poverty to Provide Meaningful Opportunity

John H. Jackson | Posted 06.25.2012 | Education
John H. Jackson

We all know that factors related to poverty can limit learning in a number of ways. It's time to take apply the "no excuses" doctrine to systems reforms.

Why We Can't Afford Our Nation's Public Education Debt

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

It is clear: Politicians are playing politics with education. And it's a game we cannot afford to lose.