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The Right To Read

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

While we may hesitate about declaring that children have the "right" to read, what we cannot dispute is that it is our shared responsibility to create the conditions that enable them to read.

Strong Neighborhoods Are Safe Neighborhoods

Jean Quan | Posted 09.17.2011 | San Francisco
Jean Quan

In Oakland, California, neighbors are organizing block by block to improve schools and make our communities safer. We're taking the fight for better communities to some of the most difficult neighborhoods -- and we are making progress.

The Real Cheating Scandal of Our Public Schools

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.17.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

More serious than the unfolding cheating scandal in Atlanta public schools are wasted instructional hours -- millions of them if we add them up for each student -- including all the squandered time associated with the testing itself.

Student Arrested And Expelled For Writing Name On Desk, Peers Seek Change

Posted 09.14.2011 | Education

A Chicago student advocacy group is fed up with its school system's zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. Voices of Youth in Chicago Education rall...

Ex-North Chicago School Officials Indicted In Kickback Scheme, $9.67 Million Sought

Posted 09.14.2011 | Home

Two former North Chicago Unit School District officials were indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly receiving kickbacks totaling over $800,00...

No More Chocolate Milk Or Wonder Bread In The School Cafeteria?

Posted 09.13.2011 | Education

Candy, soda, french fries and even chocolate milk will now be banned from sale at Massachusetts public schools, as the Public Health Council begins im...

Given The Chance, Few Failing And Low-Performing Schools Shut Down

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and TERENCE CHEA | Posted 09.13.2011 | Education

SAN FRANCISCO -- Over the last decade, San Francisco's Willie Brown Jr. College Preparatory Academy has seen enrollment plummet and student performanc...

School's Out For Summer, But How To Avoid The Downward Learning Slide?

Posted 09.12.2011 | Education

According to a 2007 study by the National Summer Learning Association at Johns Hopkins University, "all young people experience learning losses when t...

State OKs Regulation To Give Parents More Power Over Schools

Posted 09.12.2011 | Education

The California State Board of Education unanimously voted today to tentatively approve a set of rules that outlines and gives parents more power to dr...

Sexting: How It Could Get Teens Kicked Out Of School

Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

A controversial bill that makes student sexting an expellable offense was approved last week by the California Assembly Education Committee. SB919,...

Teachers' New Day Jobs

Dennis Danziger | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education
Dennis Danziger

The California State Assembly voted 7 to 1 in favor of putting non-medical professionals, people like me, in charge of life or death medical situations. Exactly who are they protecting?

Jay Leno's Take On Atlanta Cheating: Kids "Never Going To Learn How To Cheat On Their Own" [VIDEO]

Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

Jay Leno last week offered his two cents on the Atlanta schools cheating scandal in his nightly monologue while discussing the heat wave that swept Lo...

Former PTA Official Ordered To Return $82,000 She Stole For Fertility Treatments

Posted 09.10.2011 | Education

Providence Hogan, accused of embezzling $82,000 from her child's Cobble Hill school PTA, has agreed to repay the amount, plus interest, to avoid jail ...

Atlanta Schools Superintendent: Effort To Save Schools 'Is Now Mine'

The Atlanta Journal Constitution | Laura Diamond and Kristina Torres | Posted 09.09.2011 | Education

Erroll Davis knew he had a mess on his hands when he agreed to temporarily lead the beleaguered Atlanta Public Schools. How big of a mess, however, on...

Education Will Break Your Heart

Alexander Russo | Posted 09.06.2011 | Education
Alexander Russo

This year's most important commencement speech was given by author Jonathan Franzen; it contained a message of great importance for educators and school reformers about how to tolerate their daunting, heartbreaking endeavor.

David Brooks, Diane Ravitch and the Education Wars

John Merrow | Posted 09.05.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Our public schools are the equivalent of yesterday's pony express. Just as a faster pony express would not be sufficient to deliver the mail today, the "faster horses" that reformers represent are not in themselves adequate for our 50 million school-age children, nor will they ever be.

America's Next Educational Crisis

Franklin Schargel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Franklin Schargel

America faces a severe school dropout problem, and students who leave school do not cause it. Far more teachers, by percentage, drop out of school than students.

WATCH: Arne Duncan Talks Education Reform With MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.31.2011 | Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan sat down with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell to discuss the challenges facing public schools and the need for education refor...

Arts For All

John M. Eger | Posted 08.31.2011 | Impact
John M. Eger

"Arts for All" is the way the world ought to work, which is probably why Los Angeles picked that name when they started this award winning national program almost 10 years ago.

26 Philly Schools To Lose Full-Service Kitchens

Philadelphia Inquirer | Posted 08.30.2011 | Home

Hot, healthy lunches may be a thing of the past for some children as the Philadelphia School District closes kitchens at 26 elementary and middle scho...

Walmart Family Rewards Education Reformers

Posted 08.28.2011 | Education

The numbers are in: ...

Los Angeles Charter Schools Cheat Closure

Posted 08.27.2011 | Education

Editors note: Story has been truncated. July 2, 2011 11:38 a.m. Six charter schools involved in a widespread cheating scandal are likely to earn a ...

In Defense Of Graduate Degrees For Teachers

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How about a small dose of reality? Graduate degrees were not designed to improve test scores.

Rahm, School Chief Want Teachers To Make House Calls (And Scrap Raises)

Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

In a press conference coordinated with the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)'s announcement that their organization, which oversees a network of ...

AJ Barbosa

Stop Fighting And Start Teaching | AJ Barbosa | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at When the Hesby Oaks School reopened its doors in 2006 after being closed f...