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Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The promise of a great public education for all children is under pressure not only from out-of-touch legislators, but from economic and societal factors outside school that make it much more difficult to achieve success within the classroom.

The Crumbling of Public Education in Michigan

Hoon-Yung Hopgood | Posted 09.25.2013 | Detroit
Hoon-Yung Hopgood

There are thousands of children statewide who are not being provided the education they deserve, at the hand of adults who were supposed to protect their best interests.

Fixing a Broken System

Eric Sheninger | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Eric Sheninger

Nothing is more important than our own learning if we are to not only meet the demands of the profession, but also the needs of our students.

Environmental Education Bridges the Partisan Divide in Congress

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Jackie Ostfeld

I have seen the look of surprise on kids' faces when they come to understand that water does not starts its journey at the kitchen sink, or when they do something as simple as pull a carrot out of the ground for the first time.

Knitting Is More Important Than Homework

Mara Menachem | Posted 09.17.2013 | Parents
Mara Menachem

You know when people say listen to your gut? One afternoon in first grade, my gut finally talked and I listened. And my gut was yelling at me to help my child be a kid.

Fixing the School-Business Breakdown

Michael Haberman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Michael Haberman

Even if educators and business leaders initially speak different languages, we're all saying the same thing: we need better-prepared graduates and employees, with the skills, preparation, and qualities needed to support a thriving economy.

The Simple Choices We Face in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.16.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The charter school movement has long been controversial, and criticism has risen recently over a number of schools that have not been performing as expected. However, the yearly National Alliance for Public Charter Schools conference, held between June 30th and July 3rd in Washington, DC, proved yet again that the movement is alive and well in spite of its critics.

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

How to Spot Good Teaching -- Maybe It's Time for a Broader Discussion

Jean Johnson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

What really counts in teaching? What are the best practices? What kind of training and support will actually produce the teaching corps our kids deserve?

Discarding Books in Highland Park Is Latest Emergency Manager Failure

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Detroit
Sen. Bert Johnson

Tossing Highland Park Renaissance Academy's library collection into a dumpster is part of a larger trend. It shows that Snyder and his appointees believe that nothing is sacred, particularly knowledge.

Yoga Can Stay in School: Looking More Closely at the Encinitas Yoga Trial Decision

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

The ruling was frankly confusing. The astounding thing is that the judge actually found that yoga, and especially Ashtanga yoga, is religious and yet did not stop its promotion in public schools.

LGBTQ Students, Schools and Pride: Not There Yet

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Conversations about sexual and gender identity are still highly contested terrain in the field of education, and LGBTQ remains the one area of inclusion still largely unaddressed in all areas of public K-12 education.

Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

How a Community Play Inspired Sacramento Schools to Tackle Discriminatory Discipline Issues

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

ZERO, an innovative play in which White threw out questions to the audience between acts, distills the real stories and the real emotions behind the numbers in Sacramento.

Courts and (Neo)Vouchers: When (if Ever) Should We Be Surprised?

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

Lawyers who designed the neovoucher approach were doing what lawyers are hired to do: to find a work-around that will allow their clients to follow a desired path notwithstanding a law intended to block that path.

The Time Is Now for Smart Snacks in Schools

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

It takes a community effort to ensure that kids have healthy options throughout the day to make the best choices possible. Moms across the country have told us that this is not always an easy task.

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Charter school students on average slightly outpace comparable public school kids in reading and tie them in math, according to a large study of acade...

When (Neo)Voucher Advocates Lose

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

The court applied the no-aid clause to find that a voucher system cannot fund private schools, whether set up with direct funding or through a tax credit scheme.

Real Solutions to Our Education Funding Crisis (VIDEO)

Brian Sims | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Brian Sims

If you've been paying attention to the national news lately, you've certainly caught wind of the catastrophic budget problems that the Philadelphia public school system is currently facing.

The Federal Government's Role in Education: School Vouchers?

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Marc F. Bernstein

Teacher unions, parents, small government advocates are critical constituencies for both Democrats and Republicans. How could Congress do anything but consider limiting the federal role in education?

Picture This! Great Teaching -- An Inspired Way to Celebrate Teachers

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

How would you answer this question: "When I picture great teaching, I see ______?" Last month, Carnegie Corporation and 50 leading education nonpro...

It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.

Silence My Voice, Not My Religion

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Stephanie R. Caudle

While this story is powerful and especially resonates with me because of my roots in the school, this act of standing for your religion is a trend sweeping the nation.

Why Kids Hate Reading: An Addict's Perspective

Kyle Weiss | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Kyle Weiss

Strictness in school literature requirements and lack of breadth and in permitted genres to choose from for said requirement is one of the biggest problems with education in America.

The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

I can't say I have all of the answers for the funding crisis in the School District of Philadelphia. What I can say is that our schools cannot open without these people. Our students already are at the mercy of a lack of resources. They cannot afford another cut.