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Does the Ghost of George Steinbrenner Run the New York City Schools?

Alan Singer | Posted 11.12.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

It seems that Steinbrenner's management style, tossing money at the problems and blaming other people for your failures, is alive and well in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City Department of education.

Back To School: How To Raise Healthier, Smarter, Fitter Children

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.10.2011 | Parents
Mark Hyman, MD

What can you do to help your child and what can we do as a nation to raise a smarter, fitter, happier generation of children? It is a two-part solution.

Are Parents a Privileged Class in Education?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

An astounding number of Monday-morning quarterbacks and backseat drivers persist in bloviating about how to solve real problems in education, claiming their expertise as a former student or being a parent of a student.

New Teachers: Twenty Tips for Success

Lisa M. Dabbs M.Ed. | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Lisa M. Dabbs M.Ed.

In no way do I want to add to the burden of the already-filled-to-the-brim new teacher stress bucket. I do, however, want to share just 20 tidbits which I hope will help ease new teachers into a fun, successful school year.

New York City Ronin Teacher

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.02.2011 | New York
Marc Epstein

About six weeks ago I received a letter informing me that I was now a member of the Absent Teacher Reserve pool of the New York City Department of Edu...

There Are No Black Children Here

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 08.06.2012 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

Like most New Yorkers, my husband and I knew that finding an appropriate school for our son was not going to be a cakewalk. Negotiating the New York City school system is practically a rite of passage for parents who live here. But while most parents seek a school that satisfies traditional criteria such as high test scores and general academic achievement, I had an additional standard in mind as we explored nearly two dozen schools: I wanted to find a school for my son where he would would have peers and mentors who are black.

Bully For You, Jerry Buell

John Shore | Posted 11.04.2011 | Religion
John Shore

I'm harboring deep trepidation for the beginning of this new school year. All those kids. All those Jerry Buells teaching them.

A-Rated School By Day, X-Rated Party Venue By Night?

Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

The highly rated Balere Language Academy in Miami is the daytime home of students from kindergarten through 8th grade, but the school is now respondin...

Six Premises, Seven Ideas for Better Teacher Training

John Merrow | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Right now, too many schools and colleges of education resemble diploma mills that actually benefit from the churn in the profession. That's a disgrace.

Is The Country's Toughest Anti-Bullying Law Too Tough?

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

Schoolyard and lunch line bullies in New Jersey might get much heavier punishment than a trip to the principal's office. A new state law signed by ...

Public Schools Are Not Negotiable

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

"I'm not opting my kids out of testing again this year to bring focus to the tests. I'm doing it to take away the data from the advocates of choice an...

Michigan Republicans Move To Privatize Public School Teaching

Mother Jones | By Andy Kroll | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

In Michigan, a state perennially crippled by budget deficits, public school districts across the state have already outsourced their bus drivers, cafe...

Two Town Halls, And a Peek Into the Future

John Merrow | Posted 10.30.2011 | Media
John Merrow

For the first time in my life, I am channeling Sarah Palin -- specifically, her complaints about what she calls 'the lamestream media.'

How the Education System Fails Underprivileged Students

Brandy Williams | Posted 10.29.2011 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

Well-meaning educators are often the source for underprivileged student failures. In giving underprivileged students excuses and passes, educators teach them that the world owes them something.

Indiana Vouchers Prompt Thousands To Go Private As Public Schools Plead For Students To Stay

AP | By TOM COYNE | Posted 10.28.2011 | Education

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to priv...

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.