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To Stop A Flu Pandemic In Its Tracks, Close Schools And Classrooms

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.23.2016 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport In the event of another influenza pandemic, closing select schools or even just certain classrooms might limit social costs while slo...

Hillary Clinton: Still on the Hook

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.28.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On December 22, 2015, Hillary Clinton spoke at a high school in Iowa, and she made a comment that speedily boomeranged on her: "I wouldn't keep any school open that wasn't doing a better-than-average job."

Los Angeles Schools Closed Due To Emailed Threat

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

The Los Angeles Unified School District took the unprecedented step Tuesday of closing all of its schools due to an emailed threat that was later deem...

Joy Resmovits

Who Will Lead The Nation's Largest School District?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.06.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The outcome of Tuesday's mayoral election may be largely a foregone conclusion, as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) is expected to troun...

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These Children Have Been Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.06.2013 | Detroit

Beatrice Avery is out of options. It's already August, and her son, a special education student in Buena Vista, Mich., still doesn't know where he's g...

Ed Today: Department Of Defense Schools Await Furlough News; More Early Education Details From Obama Administration

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Sequestration Nation? Department of Defense schools stillhaven't learned the extend of the effects of sequestration cuts, a fact that has rankled DoD teachers and families across the globe, we report. DoD schools across the globe could face up to 22 days of furloughs, but the body that governs these schools is still figuring it out. Some teachers want to find other cuts. "It seems odd that we're told we're mission-essential, but now, we can suddenly be furloughed," one teacher in the UK told me.

Ed Today: Diane Ravitch Launches Network For Public Education; Closure News In Philadelphia, Chicago, New York

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Diane Ravitch's New Group On Wednesday morning, a group of education activists across the country -- including Leonie Haimson, Anthony Cody, and Diane Ravitch, the fierce historian-cum-reform-fighter -- announced the launch of the Network for Public Education. The group aims to fight off state advocacy groups such as StudentsFirst and Democrats for Education Reform that push a particular school-related agenda including charter schools and teacher evaluations based, in part, on student test scores.

Ed Today: Rahm Emanuel's Full-Day Kindergarten Push; Trouble For Renaissance Charter Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Chicago Full-Day K? In the midst of much bitter infighting over school closures in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are announcing an initiative that is perhaps aimed to quell the melee: all CPS schools will have full-day kindergarten, reports the Sun-Times. "The change will make full-day kindergarten available to 30,700 children next fall -- 4,200 more than this school year," the paper reports.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Education Agenda Is Racist, Civil Rights Leaders Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The standards-based education reform movement calls school change "the civil rights issue of our time." But about 220 mostly African Ame...

Ed Today: Marco Rubio Wants Education Reform, Rick Scott Proposes Teacher Raise

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Rubio-Style Reform? Republican rising star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday that lawmakers must pay more attention to the "skills gap" between ...

Ed Tonight: Texas Politician Aims To Reduce Testing, School Closure Personal For Obamas

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.24.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

School Closure Personal For The Obamas? The Chicago Sun-Times is out with a list of 193 schools that could potentially be closed under Chicago Public Schools' effort to save money by shuttering "underutilized buildings." Among them is Bouchet Academy -- and as Alexander Russo notes, that's the elementary school Michelle Obama attended. (It was called Bryn Mawr Elementary School when she studied there.)

Ed Tonight: New York City Teacher Evaluation Talks Fail, School Discipline Crisis

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Deal Or No Deal? This afternoon, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union was calling it quits on negotiations with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over teacher evaluations. Shockingly, each side blames the other. What does this mean? The city will lose oh, a couple hundred million dollars in state budget money. Bloomberg says, via Gothamschools, that it's "too soon to tell" whether the loss will necessitate teacher layoffs.

Flier Of Superintendent In KKK Robe Sparks Outcry Amid School Closure Debate

Posted 04.07.2012 | Education

From a contentious school redistricting debate among Atlanta Public Schools has emerged an even more controversial flier that depicts APS Superintende...

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Holding Up Their End Of The Bargain?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education

In nearly two decades, only 3 percent of charter schools have ever been closed for underperforming, according to a new report released Tuesday. The...

Joy Resmovits

Occupy Wall Street Protests Outside Department Of Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- On Monday evening, about 200 students, parents, school aides and educators associated with Occupy Wall Street congregated on the steps of ...

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More Charters And School Closures To Come In Detroit, Roy Roberts Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Roy Roberts, a former GM executive, says his first few months on the job as emergency manager of Detroit's public schools have been "like ...

Joy Resmovits

Kansas City Schools Chief's Departure Involves A Swirl Of Ethical Allegations, Profanity [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education

The abrupt departure of John Covington from his post as superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri's schools reveals how interpersonal disputes between s...

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Court Decision Allows New York City To Proceed With School Closures

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.21.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- A New York judge's Thursday night decision clears the way for the New York City Department of Education to proceed with its plan to close ...

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Oregon Teachers Union Laments Lack Of Process Surrounding Education Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

At 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Tony Crawford looked at his clock in Canby, Oregon and lamented the change the next sixty minutes would bring. "For the n...

Student Play Censored for Being Critical of NYC's School Closure Policy

Brian Pickett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Pickett

As an educator -- seeing students engage with a classical text, making direct connections to their own lives and the politics of the times we live in -- it doesn't get any better than this.