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Race to the Top

The F Word: Top Secret: Privatizing Fails

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While deficit hawks obsess over spending, private security companies, private spies, and private armies rule the tax dollar roost.

Educating for Democracy: A Split in the Teachers Unions

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

At its representative Assembly meeting in New Orleans on July 3, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel was critical of the Obama administration's use of st...

Race To The Top Program Threatened, Teacher Jobs In Jeopardy

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Last summer, the Obama Administration announced unprecedented funding for education reform in the form of a new program called Race To The Top. The in...

The most dangerous man in America

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonie Haimson

Bill Gates sure is a popular guy. He is appearing this afternoon at the national conference of the American Federation of Teachers in Seattle, after ...

Why the Anger at Closing Bad Schools?

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sarah Garland

School closings have sparked anger in African-American communities before. In the 1960s and '70s, during school desegregation, hundreds of schools in black neighborhoods were closed.

Margaret Spellings, Arne Duncan -- What's the Difference?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Nobody in power seems to be listening to what teachers have to say about how best to improve public education. If we have to wait twenty years for Arne Duncan to see the light, it will be too late.

Education Reforms Will Miss the 'Top' Without Broader Consensus

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

I am sure that Jonathan Alter's recent column in Newsweek, is as funny to the lobbyists of teacher unions as it is to me. The column is in fact not about Congress, but rather about Rep. David Obey (D-WI).

Five Unconscionable Public Education Practices

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The result of these practices is a tragedy of national proportion in which our student population falls victim to an education system that is, at best, dysfunctional, and at worst, corrupt.

Colorado Is Ground Zero

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Over the next 10 days or so, Colorado will sit dead center in the debate over how to improve public education in this country.

Send a message to Congress to prevent damaging increases in class size, now!

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonie Haimson

All over the country, school budgets are being slashed to the bone and teachers are being laid off, leading to sharp increases in class size next yea...

Obey's Edujobs Proposal Breaks National Promise to Our Schools and Our Students

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kati Haycock

In a stealthy bit of last-minute legislation, Obey proposed an amendment to fund "Edujobs" legislation by hacking away at the budgets of three vital education reform efforts.

Back to Basics: Get the Feds Out

Susan Ohanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Ohanian

In the long run, the money fountain at the U. S. Department of Education will do more harm to our national well-being than the BP oil gusher.

Racing to the Bottom With For-Profit Colleges

Gail Mellow | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Gail Mellow

Just when a college degree is becoming the basic credential for entry into the middle class, billions of taxpayer dollars are being diverted to a questionable new player: for-profit, investor-owned colleges.

Colorado Teachers Fighting Against Another Bad Bill

Wade Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

Florida teachers just won a victory over Senate Bill 6, which would base teacher pay solely on test scores. Now, teachers in Colorado are seeing a similar piece of legislation.

New York Cancels History

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Knowledge of history and historical reasoning will no longer be assessed, so principals hard-pressed to raise test scores can now concentrate on the rote learning of math and reading skills.

Education Needs a Communications Overhaul

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Martin

Some conservatives are saying it's time to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. It's a sign that the public may not understand the Department's role. That's a shame, but understandable.

Colorado Education Reform Legislation: Rasmussen Finds 47% In Agreement With Proposed Tenure Rules

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A new Rasmussen Reports survey from Colorado paints a picture of a state divided with respects to controversial education legislation currently before...

Stanford Charter School Fails to Make the Grade

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

How much more evidence do we need before we conclude that charter schools aren't the panacea for America's public education woes that so many believe them to be?

The Lines Harden

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

In many matters related to public education, in Colorado and across the nation, positions are hardening, rhetoric is ramping up and the potential for compromise seems more remote by the day.

Colorado Education Association Under Fire After Shunning Reform

Denver Daily | Peter Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The state's largest teachers' union is defending itself against allegations that it is throwing a "tantrum" by not backing the second round competitio...

The Deliberation Chamber

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

Who will take the mantle of bipartisan education leadership that Ted Kennedy carried? Breaking with caucus leaders to do the right thing will be uncomfortable but everything is at stake.

Stop Blaming the Teachers

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

Teachers who teach in poorly performing schools should get Congressional commendations just for showing up every day.

Kids Dropping Out... of Learning

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ellen Galinsky

Curiosity, according to Laura Schulz of MIT, is fueled by having two ideas that are at odds with each other. Her research shows that when this happen...

Colorado Education Association Advising Local Unions Not To Support Race To The Top Legislation

Education News Colorado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Colorado Education Association is withholding support from the state's application to win up to $175 million in round two of the national Race to ...

California's Bad News Budget Threatens Education Reform

Ramon Cortines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ramon Cortines

California's budget woes threaten an opportunity for systemic and long-lasting school reform, always a challenge but even more so when the unpredictable cuts keep coming, month after month.