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Principals Matter: School Leaders Can Drive Student Learning

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

So if principals matter, it would be worthwhile to understand what highly expert and effective principals do that matters so much. Are they good at hiring and keeping strong teachers?

Transforming Troubled Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Robert Koehler

Restorative practices is a movement slowly transforming troubled schools and troubled communities around the globe -- a movement replacing zero tolerance and other punishment-based and wildly ineffective practices that increase people's feelings of separation and alienation from one another.

Opt Out Chronicles: Fighting Sabotage

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."

When Charter Schools Fail, What Happens To The Kids?

The Hechinger Report | Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education

Terri Griffin made herself a promise when her youngest daughter was ready for kindergarten: the little girl would never set foot in an Akron public sc...

Amid 'Turnaround Agenda,' Teachers, Communities Overshadowed by Corporate Reforms

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

The conversation about school reform in Washington is replete with big ideas -- glossy proposals for "accountability," putting the "students first," fixing "broken" schools, all in hopes of making America "competitive" again. Yet our schools are poorer than ever.

A Civil Right to a Good Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We should make equal educational opportunity a federal civil right for all students. This should include the right to a challenging curriculum, well-trained and effective teachers, and the funding to provide these essentials.

Why the #EdSOTU Matters

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.30.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Most people have no clue what goes on in their local government. Everyone knows who the president is. But how many people can even name their representatives on their town council or school board without a Google search?

Raising the Dropout Age

John Bridgeland | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

There are no silver bullets to solve the dropout crisis and blunt instruments often go too far. But when President Obama in his State of the Union address urged states to raise the legal dropout age, we cheered.

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

In These Halls

Brandy Ferner | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

I do realize that just as these halls have the possibility of dimming my son's light, they also have the possibility -- and actually the intention of -- brightening my son's light and of giving him confidence, coping skills and pleasant memories.

New York City and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.28.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Metal detectors at school entrances make many New York City schools feel more like prisons than places where young people want to be and contribute to the sense that these are not a place where people are respected.

Inside DPS: Why You Should Never Miss a Parent-Teacher Conference

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 03.27.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

I can hear it already: "Why should we have to incentivize parents to attend parent-teacher conferences?" But here's the thing: It works.

Whither the District: Leaders Must Lead on School Reform

Teach Plus | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Missing from the conversation about education reform has been a larger discussion of district and principal accountability.

I Represented All Teachers

Sara Ferguson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Sara Ferguson

As I attended President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, I was not alone. This invitation was an honor, but my dedication to education is not exceptional or unique. Because, for all teachers, it is our students that keep us going.

Afterschool Programs in Peril

Jodi Grant | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Jodi Grant

We don't have enough afterschool programs. And many programs are being forced to trim their offerings or close their doors due to the struggling economy and budget cutbacks it has brought.

Bishop Slams Public Schools: Hitler And Mussolini 'Would Love Our System'

Posted 01.24.2012 | Education

Religious leaders in Philadelphia are frustrated with the battle over school choice, to the extent that Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden says fascist...

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.