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Teacher Evaluations Require More Than a Check in the Box

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.09.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

This leaves principals and school administrators tasked with conducting teacher evaluations in a rapidly changing educational environment that can be unfamiliar if not altogether intimidating.

School Funding and Educational Technology: Less Is More

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Teachers and students don't want to use slow, outdated, archaic equipment. For technology to be routinely and seamlessly integrated in the learning process, it needs to be on par with the technology used in our homes.

Through Her Eyes, Only (How I'll See the Marysville Shooting)

Jennifer Beck Furber | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Jennifer Beck Furber

Across Rosario Strait, the streets are full of candles, flowers, teddy bears. I see these images and I see pain trying to find its way to love.

Colorado Students Considering Recall of Conservative School Board Members

Wade Norris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Denver
Wade Norris

The bold protest of Jefferson County, Colorado students to the actions of the conservative majority on the Jefferson County School Board in Colorado has already drawn national and international press.

Sanitizing History in the Name of Patriotism

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

Conservative politicians across the country have spent much of the past few years attempting to remake public education in their image. This idea of presenting the U.S. as infallible has long been a conservative talking point but the reality is that patriotism is just conservative code for political correctness.

Wisconsin Senate Blind-Sided By the Department of Public Instruction

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.

WATCH: Teen Fights School Board On High School Start Time

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.19.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Jilly Dos Santos found out that her high school was considering changing its start time to 7:20 a.m., she decided to take action. The teenager pe...

Power to the Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Large urban districts face huge challenges in terms of funding, urban pathologies, and the indifference of people who do not live in them. However, there is a structural problem that inhibits their progress, I believe.

In Los Angeles, An Expensive School-Reform Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Joy Resmovits

The nation's second-largest school district is at the center of a broader battle over the future over education reform. Since 2010, Superintendent John Deasy has run the district, implementing policies consistent with the national "education reform" movement, which pushes things such as test-based teacher evaluations and charter schools. But if the composition of the school board changes significantly, Deasy could be fired.

Jesus Was a Texan

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

We are a backwards-ass state in a fast-forward world. Texas is a land of contradictions. We are creating some of the planet's most advanced technology while teaching our children that archaeology proves the Bible to be factual.

PAC Money Floods California School Board Races, Targets Incumbent

San Jose Mercury News | Sharon Noguchi | Posted 01.01.2013 | Education

With an unprecedented surge of cash from charter schools and their high-tech backers, normally low-profile school board campaigns have morphed into bi...

In Search of the Elusive Reform-Minded School Board Member

Peter Meyer | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

What most people don't understand is that managing failure is just as hard as managing success. And this is, I believe, part of the reason school boards don't improve schools.

The Grown-Up in the Room: DPS Board Candidate Emily Sirota

Nancy Cronk | Posted 12.21.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Above all the din of the warring factions, one rational, knowledgeable voice continues to bring voters back to the reason the school board exists: doing what's best for the children and families of Denver.

Why Didn't Americans for Prosperity Love Our Video?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The Koch brothers -- founders of the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity -- were the subject of our latest investigative video, "Why Do the Koch ...

District Cuts Ties With Superintendent For Ties To Atlanta Cheating Scandal

AP | Posted 10.09.2011 | Education

DeSOTO, Texas -- A Dallas-area school board voted Monday to sever ties with its new superintendent, who was caught in the fallout of a test-cheating s...

No More Education Excuses

Emily Sirota | Posted 10.02.2011 | Education
Emily Sirota

America is engaged in a major debate over the future of education -- a debate that has been marked by a lot of overheated rhetoric and divisiveness about politics, but not enough substance about how to fix our schools for our kids.

A Conversation With Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Lorraine Forte | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

From a journalist's standpoint, the most refreshing news to emerge from Catalyst Chicago's recent interview with incoming Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was his promise to be transparent.

Rocks and Hard Places -- Is That Where You Want Our Kids?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The education of our kids is beyond all political labels. It is worth stepping up and defending a system that will give everyone's kid a running start into adulthood and allow this country to prosper.

I Saw a Different SOTU

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

As the soaring rhetoric of President Obama told the nation how we are going to out-educate the world, my local school board was talking about how they dismantled a Transitional First Grade Program.

UPDATE: School Board Gunman Had Shooting Date Planned

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Clay Duke was a troubled, broke ex-con with bipolar disorder, an interest in anarchy, a wife whose unemployment benefits had...

Bible Belt Bravado: The Beat Goes On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Tennessee has decided to use taxpayer dollars to teach the Bible in public schools. If fundamentalists insist that we teach the Bible in school, then let us teach the book in all of its bloody, misogynous, murderous, fratricidal glory.

Colorado Friendly To Charter Schools

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | EMILY ANDERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado charter school laws are the seventh best in the nation, according to The Center for Education Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based charter school...