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Charter Schools and Kudzu

David Morris | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
David Morris

What we know after 20 years is that overall charter schools are no better than public schools. A great deal of evidence exists that, on average, they are worse.

Obama's Executive Order Puts Blacks In the Corner At the U.S. Department of Education

Michael Meyers | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Michael Meyers

We need President Barack Hussein Obama's leadership in streamlining government and in reorganizing society on a nonracial basis instead of doing the same thing that his predecessors have done

Fewer U.S. Students Buy Sodas, Sports Drinks Still A Problem

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education

* Sodas in middle and high schools down more than 50 pct * Sugary sports drinks still widely available By Susan Heavey ...

Stuyvesant's Stanley Teitel Resigns?

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 10.06.2012 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

At a time when everyone laments America's declining status as educator of its children, the resignation of Stuyvesant High School Principal Stanley Teitel is a dark day for all those who long for excellence in public education.

Back-To-School Preparations for Students... and Families

Craig A. Mertler | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
Craig A. Mertler

As the dog days of August approach, we collectively begin to redirect our attention from family vacations and summer camps to a return to school, complete with school supplies and new clothes shopping.

No School Left Behind

Marc Joseph | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
Marc Joseph

Obviously our public education system is so much better than it was 100 years ago. But are our schools any better than they were last year or 5 years ago or even 10 years ago?

Are You Smarter Than an 18th Century 10-Year-Old?

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

John Adams learned Latin at the age most of us today are still learning the difference between "their" and "there." He entered Harvard at sixteen and was practicing law by his early twenties.

Private Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. Public Schools

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon NEW YORK, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The investors gathered in a tony private club in Manhattan were eager to hear about the...

Make Me Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools

Dan Ross | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Dan Ross

If my experience alone doesn't impress you, then I present to you my Eleven Point Plan to transform the nation's 18th largest education system into the finest in the land. (That's right. My plan goes to eleven.)

Pray for Those Godless Public School Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

For far too long, the well-heeled enemies of public education have tried, with increasing success, to label public school teachers as godless liberals.

Start Early: Addressing Gender-Based Bullying in Elementary School

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Helping children understand in the early years of schooling that there is not just one "right" way to be a boy or a girl will open up opportunities for each child to explore their education more fully.

Yoga: How We Serve Inner-City Schoolchildren

Rob Schware | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Debbie Cohen started teaching yoga in 1996 and began working with children in schools in 2002. She later went on to found the Core Yoga in Schools Program to serve Boston public schools.

Deborah Kenny And Bill Cosby Talk Teachers, Education

Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

Educator and national activist Dr. Deborah Kenny was interviewed by Bill Cosby about her new book, "Born to Rise" at the National Charter Schools Conf...

District Still Funnels Millions Into Charter Sector Amid Fraud Charges

| Benjamin Herold | Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of a partnership between the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks Even as federal investigators w...

Until Schools Are No Longer Separate, We Must Strive for Equal

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

I wish my students experienced more cultural diversity. I wish my students interacted with peers of different socio-economic status. But that is not the case where communities in our country remain defined by race and class.

Philly Charter School Mogul Charged With Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

Posted 07.24.2012 | Education

Philadelphia charter school mogul Dorothy June Hairston Brown was charged Tuesday -- along with four colleagues -- with defrauding three charter schoo...

Quo Vadimus

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

My school is in a formal School Improvement process, with loads of money from various sources and hard deadlines for real improvements in attendance, discipline, graduation rates and student test performance. And we are improving.

Louisiana Sets Rules For Landmark School Voucher Program

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

* Louisiana has the most sweeping voucher program in U.S. * Governor says it spurs competition, expands choice * Critics...

Is Education on the Cusp of a Turnaround?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Americans continue to lose faith in their public schools, a Gallup poll reported recently. Less than a third of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in schools. Why the drop?

Bullying Works!

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education
Elizabethe C. Payne

It is important to consider the ways in which "bullying," in various forms, is actually socially advantageous for the students who do it successfully. In short: bullying works.

Forget Obamacare or Anycare: No System Can Bear the Weight of Our Fat

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States is the fattest nation in the world. And while politicians and pundits fight about which health care program would best serve us, we're missing the point entirely.

As Congress Fiddles, Students and Schools Do a Slow Burn

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

It is outrageous to try to balance the federal budget on the backs of our youth. Our greatest resource is the ingenuity and creativity of the American people.

Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, But States Still Slow To Implement Reforms

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed promise to assist education, but some of its results have yet to be realized. While education sti...

Closing the Achievement Gap for Native Students

Kati Haycock | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Kati Haycock

While achievement has gone up for other groups of students, we are not making the same kind of progress for our American Indian and Alaska Native students.

New York School Funding Among Nation's Most Unfair

David Sciarra | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
David Sciarra

New York is considered "high spending" when it comes to public education. But does the Empire State fairly fund its public schools? The answer is a resounding no.