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Allocating Resources to Improve Student Learning

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As the test of time has proven, education alone cannot address entrenched social problems

The Crucial Role of Parental Involvement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Bureaucratic systems often create barriers that prevent teachers from developing effective relationships and discourage parents from taking part in helping students develop their learning skills.

Schools Letting In Advertisers To Help Cover Budget Cuts

Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

The interiors of 16 schools in Pennsylvania's Bucks County Pennsbury School District will be decorated a bit differently this year: They're the new ho...

Columbus High Schools Face Closures From Under-Enrollment

The Columbus Dispatch | Jennifer Smith Richards | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

The Columbus school district has closed 40 schools in the past seven years. None was a high school. But after losing thousands of students, some hi...

Principal Bans Halloween Costumes, Says Holiday Is 'Problematic'

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

A Massachusetts elementary school principal has lashed out against traditional American holidays, banning costumes in school for Halloween and telling...

Student Sues School To Remove Prayer Banner, Says Her Case Is 'Very Strong'

AP | By LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A 16-year-old atheist said Thursday she is confident the law is on her side in her fight over a prayer mural that she wants remove...

Bipartisan Support for Fixing Our Schools

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education
Jared Bernstein

School repair and modernization marries two problems -- the need to fix our public schools and sky-high unemployment among the folks who do the work -- into one solution.

'Sesame Street' Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign

AP | By DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Big Bird's problems getting into "The Good Birds Club" are at the center of an anti-bullying effort being launched by "Sesame Street." Th...

Building Community, Building Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Two years ago, Chicago's Fenger High School had its 15 minutes of horrific fame when the beating death of an honor student named Derrion Albert -- caught suddenly in a surge of gang violence -- was recorded on a cell camera.

How Private Companies Are Profiting From Texas Public Schools

Texas Observer | Abby Rapoport | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

It's not hard to imagine Pearson's vision of utopia. Pearson is a London-based mega-corporation that owns everything from the Financial Times to Pe...

The Cost of Education

Ilana Garon | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

The poverty of inner-city schools is one of those issues about which everyone has an opinion, but I've found that most people are hard-pressed to describe what this looks like on a day-to-day basis.

Texas Schools Sue State Over Billions In Funding

AP | By APRIL CASTRO and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas -- A coalition of more than 150 Texas school districts said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against the state over a school funding syste...

To Save Lives: Why Our School Went Junk Food Free

Meg Campbell | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

I predict the day will come when commercial interests will be similarly barred from selling their wares on school property and when students will be required to refrain from bringing in junk food.

U.S. Schools Struggle With Basic Human Need

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education

It's not iPads, SMART boards or after school activity programs that the majority of U.S. schools are struggling to provide, it's something much more b...

Why Students Should Evaluate Their Teachers

Jonathan Jeffrey | Posted 12.10.2011 | Education
Jonathan Jeffrey

These evaluations should be accessed solely by the teachers about whom they are written. As a result of this confidentiality, teachers can learn how to improve their instruction quality, without fearing retribution. The evaluations can be a tool for growth, not as a cause of stress.

Avoiding School Reform Roadblocks

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Reform is about creating an environment in which students are the priority and we as their teachers assist them in starting and finishing their journey to becoming educated citizens.

Why I Send My Children to Public Schools

Robert Niles | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Robert Niles

I don't believe in the people who are attacking our public schools. Sending my children to public schools is the ultimate sign of support, and helps keep me more deeply involved in a precious public resource that needs, and deserves, our support.

5 Reasons Why Public School Teachers are Occupying Wall Street

Christopher Emdin | Posted 12.06.2011 | Education
Christopher Emdin

2011-10-06-Screenshot20111006at2.16.50PM.jpg Understanding these reasons can help us all improve public education in America and support our teachers.

Black America's $100M investment experiment

Mike Green | Posted 12.05.2011 | Black Voices
Mike Green

What if Zuckerberg had challenged innovative Black entrepreneurs across the nation, rather than students, to compete for 1,000 cash prizes of $100000 each?

Bridging The Gap Between The City And Its Schools

Joanna Rees | Posted 12.04.2011 | San Francisco
Joanna Rees

If San Francisco's economic future depends on a well-trained workforce, we must address the growing trend of families leaving our community in search of better schools.

School Official Pulls Bra Trick At Public Meeting

AP | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

ABINGTON, Mass. -- The chairman of the school committee in Abington, Mass., is apologizing for a magic trick he performed before a televised meeting t...

Trust but Verify in Education -- and Some Discussion on Cheating

John Merrow | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
John Merrow

This isn't a fully-formed blog post per se, but I would like to draw your attention to an editorial I co-authored in last Sunday's Sacramento Bee; t...

The Land of Opportunity -- An American Fairytale

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

There are many things American schools need. More early academic emphasis is not one of them. In fact, early academic emphasis is one of the root causes of the intractable achievement "problems" in public schools.

Mother Banned From School And Bus Stop For Confronting Son's Bullies

Posted 11.26.2011 | Education

A Minnesota mother has been banned from her child's school and bus stop for defending her son against bullies, WCCO-TV reports. After her 10-year-...

The Gift of Reading: Public School Library Makeovers (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.19.2011 | Impact

In communities across the country, Target is sharing its love of education. In partnership with The Heart of America Foundation, Target team member ...