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The Compensation Conversation: A Teacher's Two Cents

Teach Plus | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

There's one perspective conspicuously missing from the teacher salary discussion: a teacher's. How do we feel about how we're compensated? In what direction would we like to see this conversation move?

SFC & SB 130: "Innovating" Around Teacher Voice?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

It's a rare thing to meet a public school stakeholder who honestly believes politicians and corporate-funded lobbying groups should have more say over education than educators do. Yet that's exactly what's happening.

New National Sex Ed Standards Encourage 'Safe Sex,' Sexual Identity, Anti-Bullying

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts and, by the end of fifth grade, know that sexual orientation...

Does More Money Mean Better Education?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Amid major slashes to public funding, political leaders have cited assertions that money doesn't affect student learning to sometimes justify cutting ...

Education Reform: Where's the Debate?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Schools do not operate in a vacuum. Poverty has devastating effects on a child's social and emotional development. For our poorest students, just getting to school can be a challenge.

The Decline of Public Good

Robert Reich | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Meryl Streep's eery reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady brings to mind Thatcher's most famous quip, "there is no such thing as 'society.'" The GOP hasn't quoted her yet, but they might as well.

Teachers Want to Learn, Too: Evaluations We Believe In

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Across the country, the question of how best to evaluate teachers -- and how to use evaluations effectively -- continues to cause stirring debates among teachers and policymakers.

Inside DPS: Don't Believe the Hype: Ten Things You Don't Know About DPS

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 03.04.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

I'll bet you think you know a lot about Detroit Public Schools from reading the headlines and watching the nightly news, right? Well, I'm about to surprise you

State Graduation Rate Improves, 20% Still Fail To Finish In 4 Years

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

HARTFORD, Conn. — State education officials say Connecticut's high school graduation rate improved in 2010, but nearly 1 in 5 students failed to...

Ethnic Studies Ruling Escalates Arizona Schools Struggle

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

Analyzing problems in the real world and coming up with solutions. If officials think that's anathema to a sound education, they've given civil rights advocates the most principled argument yet for why ethnic studies is so vital for the next generation of leaders.

Inside DPS: Faces of Volunteers Tell the Real Story

Steven Wasko | Posted 02.28.2012 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Look a Reading Corps volunteer in the face, or see that familiar red CityYear jacket, or stumble upon the dozens of Quicken Loans staff who have adopted Chrysler School, and you might catch the volunteer fever yourself.

New Teachers Reflect on Teaching in 2011

Susan Sawyers | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

To wind down 2011, we asked some first-year public school teachers to tell us what they've learned now that they have some experience in the classroom.

Opt Out Chronicles: Politicians Are Not the Answer

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How do we allow our children to take part in a system imposed by political operatives, lobbyists, and think tanks that only want to get at the money tied up in public schools and declare the public system a failure?

How Do We Move Mountains?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Here's hoping that 2012 will be the year when we stop abandoning schools and people as "failures" and begin reconnecting communities to build long-term educational, social and economic success.

Kansas City Schools Slammed With Lawsuit Over Transfers

Posted 02.27.2012 | Education

Five suburban school districts have filed suit to stop student transfers from Kansas City Public Schools to their districts until various issues like ...

Do Teachers Really Come From the "Bottom Third" of College Graduates?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Despite the ubiquity of the "bottom third" and similar arguments (which are sometimes phrased as massive generalizations, with no reference to actual proportions), it's unclear how many of those who offer them know what specifically they refer to.

School Official Grabs Camera, Orders Filming Stopped At Privatized Public School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. (Updated 12/21/2011 at 5:42 p.m. with apology.) The city's schools spokesman grabbed a re...

School Official Resigns After Grabbing Reporter's Camera To Stop Filming

| Posted 02.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Two days after an outburst in which he grabbed an Independent reporter's camera and deman...

In A Time of Faith, Restoring Faith In Our Adults And Institutions

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Tiziana Dearing

We put our faith in the adults around us because to do otherwise would be to embrace chaos. We put our faith in nonprofits and like institutions because we know how badly we need them to do the work they do.

Former Teacher Poses Nude For 'Penthouse'

Posted 12.22.2011 | Education

After being forced to leave her teaching job due to her former life as a sex worker, Melissa Petro has embraced the media's portrayal of her in a spre...

We Bought a School

Ben Falik | Posted 02.21.2012 | Detroit
Ben Falik

After news that Governor Snyder lifted the limits on the number of charter schools operating in Michigan, you may be asking yourself, "What's stopping me from opening my own charter school?" Not much, in all likelihood.

Musings of a Mom-to-Be

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Preeti Vissa

There are things that we all need, from good schools to clean air to opportunities for education and advancement, that individuals can't create by themselves. We must do them together.

Corporate Education Reform and ALEC's Definition of Acceptable Risk

Shaun Johnson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Think Progress recently reported on a comment from a top-executive with the American Legislative Exchange Council that some children eating rat poison is "an acceptable risk."

The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Nick Rabkin

If more education policymakers begin to recognize the poor returns that school reform has brought, we may, even in this time of deep economic strain, see a new openness to the arts in our schools.

Yale Grads Launch Experimental Teach For America Alternative

| Neena Satija | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A daycare in every New Haven public school for young mothers. A documentary about the dev...