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Dear Parent, Don't Be an A** at the School Play

AK Turner | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

When your child is on stage, she's looking out at the audience and there is only one thing in the world that she wants at that moment, which is to make eye contact with you. She wants to see you, to catch your eye, to know that you see her. She wants to see you and smile at you and blush when you smile back.

The Arcane Rules That Drive Outcomes Under 'No Child Left Behind' | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

A big part of successful policy making is unyielding attention to detail (an argument that regular readers of this blog hear often). Choices about des...

Lessons Learned From High-Poverty, High-Achieving Schools

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Schools identified as high-poverty or high-needs often pose the biggest challenge to educators. How can kids learn, people ask, when they lack adequate food, clothing or safety on the way to class?

Pittsburgh Schools Superintendent Turns Down $20,000 Pay Raise

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Eleanor Chute | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane tonight turned down a pay raise again. For calendar 2012, Ms. Lane was awarded a $15,000 pay incr...

Will A New Conversation About Funding Pre-K Take Hold In Mississippi?

| Liz Willen | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. A new conversation about pre-k is emerging in Mississippi as citizens e...

Recess Helps African American, Latino Students Perform In Class, Study Says

Posted 05.11.2012 | Black Voices

While the benefits of physical activity among children has given rise to little, if any, debate, the benefits of midday playtime has. On one end of th...

Joy Resmovits

Cracking Down On Charter Schools? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education

The most recent call to close underperforming charter schools came not from a teachers' union or a school district, but from a charter-school trade as...

How Higher-Performing Schools Made It Onto The 'Low-Achieving' List

| Sue Frey | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. Several dozen elementary schools with scores higher than the state's target for aca...

Scores Plummet As More High School Juniors Required To Take State Tests

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

After the most recent return of 11th grade Prairie State Achievement Exam scores found nearly half of Illinois public school students failing to meet ...

Faulty Data Wrongly Placed School Among Worst In State

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

A Delaware middle school will no longer receive hundreds of thousands in additional funding after it was mistakenly named one of the worst schools in ...

What's Driving Educational Reform in America?

Franklin Schargel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Franklin Schargel

Is it the governors who are demanding that schools be more effective while making draconiana cuts eliminating teachers, closing schools and eliminating subjects that children come to school to enjoy?

Florida Schools Receive Grades, New Charter School Earns F

Posted 08.31.2011 | Education

Despite higher writing standards in Florida's public elementary, middle and non-high-school combination schools this year, school performance remained...

Students Still Have Unequal Access To Educational Opportunities

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education

Amid efforts in education reform, students across the country still face large disparities in educational resources and opportunities, according to a ...

Signs of Progress or Just More Spin?

Christopher Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Christopher Scott

For the academic school year 2009/2010, Denver Public Schools achieved a graduation rate of 51.8%, up by approximately 5% from the year before. Of co...

Can Glee Club Reduce Dropout Rates?

Mother Jones | Zina Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

It's 8 a.m., and Mission High School choir director Steven Hankle is about to start class. Soul and hip-hop tunes play softly in the background while ...

Children Risk Bullying From Bad Breath

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Katz

While bad breath may have the most serious consequences for adults who are looking to succeed in a professional or romantic setting, children may experience significant setbacks as well.

Cheating 201 (Part III)

Cari Shane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cari Shane

In the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) culture, teachers whose students perform poorly on tests can be fired for not meeting NCLB goals so there is little incentive, other than personal integrity, for teachers to report cheating.