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One Size Fits Most

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Two worldviews on education reform emerge. One obsesses about curricular "coherence" in our nation's schools. The other seeks to unleash dynamism inside our K-12 education system. Thankfully, the two visions can be combined.

Facebook Law Blocked, Has 'Chilling Effect' On Free Speech, Judge Says

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new Missouri law prohibiting teachers from having private online conversations with students suffered a double setback F...

Steven Brill And The Berated Dog

John Merrow | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
John Merrow

As always, remember that John's book The Influence of Teachers is for sale at Amazon. Please imagine this scenario: While walking in the park, yo...

How Will A Longer CPS School Day Be Funded?

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

After what has already been a heated week of back-and-forth between the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union over raises and othe...

School Adults Didn't Protect Student From Being Dunked Into Fecal Toilet, Mother Claims

Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

A Columbus, Neb. mother has filed a claim against Columbus Public Schools for allegedly failing to protect her now-16-year-old son from bullying and "...

For Some Joplin Students, Back To School Means Going To The Mall

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education

JOPLIN, MO. — Seniors and juniors are taking classes in a converted big-box store. Freshmen and sophomores are in a building across town. The ne...

Latinos Must Help Unify America - by Voting in 2012

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 10.16.2011 | Latino Voices
Fernando Espuelas

Latino-Americans can no longer afford to let other people vote for them. We cannot sit back and watch things happen to America, when we have the votes to achieve a better outcome for the nation.

Joy Resmovits

Schools Could Be Cleared in Pennsylvania Cheating Investigation | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education

Pennsylvania is one step closer to finding out just how much teacher cheating occurred on its 2009 standardized tests as cities nationwide try to make...

Opening Doors and Closing the Gap: Workforce Development for Urban Youth

Michael Haberman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Michael Haberman

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced a major new initiative to address the chronic and blatant disparities between thousands of African American and Latino young men and their peers in New York City.

Saying NO to Vouchers

Emily Sirota | Posted 10.16.2011 | Denver
Emily Sirota

While the Douglas County ruling against vouchers is great news, the bad news is that we may face a similar attempt to undermine our public schools right here in Denver.

To Charter or Not to Charter?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Participation in the charter school movement is possible for someone like me, especially in urban areas where chartered schools are seen as viable alternatives to traditional public education.

$40 Million Worth Of New Schools Closed In 3 Districts For Miscalculations

Dayton Daily News | Lucas Sullivan, Margo Rutledge Kissell, Megan Gildow-Anthony | Posted 10.14.2011 | Education


School-Mandated Sex-Ed: It's About Time!

Ilana Garon | Posted 10.12.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

My experience as a teacher in the New York City public school system has only furthered my belief that a comprehensive sex education policy would be a life-saving measure.

The 35,000 Kids Next Door to the White House

Peter W. Cookson, Jr. | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education
Peter W. Cookson, Jr.

A few blocks from the White House, 35,000 children go to bed hungry every night, just a small fraction of America's growing number of children living in poverty. Where are their futures in the media show we have come to call educational reform?

Parents as Partners: Working Together to Support Our Schools

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices
Antonio Villaraigosa

When a school system values and respects the relationship between parents and teachers, we are all better able to nurture a lifelong love of learning and achievement.

Seattle Schools To Shut Down For A Day.. And Another Half

Posted 10.10.2011 | Education

Seattle Public School teachers have agreed to take one and a half days off to help ease their state's budget woes. The move follows a districtwide ...

What We Talk About When We Talk About School Reform

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Is the coherent whole what we really want to talk about when we talk about school reform? Is it something else?

Time to Set the Record Straight

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

In this day and age, attacking educators seems to be the norm, but I took notice last week when a blogger attacked me for a badly worded presentation concerning a Connecticut law designed to empower parents to improve their children's schools.

An 'Act of War?'

John Merrow | Posted 10.09.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Schools do not teach what isn't going to be tested, and they do a bad job of teaching a subject when all that matters is the test score. Treat a human being as little more than a number, and the results are predictable.

Does Class Size Really Matter?

Salon | Peg Tyre | Posted 10.07.2011 | Education

This article was adapted from the new book "The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve," available Aug. 16 from Henr...

A Christian Plea For Public Education

Austin Carty | Posted 10.06.2011 | Religion
Austin Carty

There is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith (whatever that faith may be).

Lucas Kavner

Vonnegut Library And ACLU Respond To Missouri School's Book Banning | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.05.2011 | Books

In response to the Republic, Mo., school board's controversial decision last week to remove "Slaughterhouse-Five" from its high school library and cur...

Bloomberg Declares Tenure Is Not Needed In Public Schools

GothamSchools | Philissa Cramer | Posted 10.04.2011 | Education

Less than two years after pledging that he did not want to end tenure, Mayor Bloomberg struck a different chord today. "Do I think it's needed at t...

When Kids Cut Class, Could Mom And Dad Go To Jail?

Posted 10.04.2011 | Education

When students skip class, parents could be the ones punished -- as criminals. A new program in Marion County, Ind., which comprises 11 school distr...

To Cheat Or Not To Cheat

Pamela Kripke | Posted 10.04.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

If non-educators continue to treat students like widgets and teachers like factory robots, measuring success by how many shoddy units get sold to Wal-Mart, we'll have cheating scandals in all 50 states.