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Education Secretary Arne Duncan Offers Righteous Anger but No Solutions to the School Budget Crisis

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Teachers spend billions out-of-pocket on classroom supplies. It's not the parents who aren't investing; they spend hours at parent-teacher conferences and helping with homework. So where should Secretary Duncan direct his ire?

Schools Remain the Frontline in Battle to End Racial Stereotyping, Inequality

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.08.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

What can we do about these challenges in our country, which ebb and flow like extremes in the weather? I am convinced that schools remain the front line, where the battle to end racial stereotyping and inequality continue to be fought. Schools are where diversity must be institutionalized.

Drop Out or Opt Out? Let's Not Cop Out

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.01.2013 | Los Angeles
Larry Strauss

There is an epidemic in my city and probably yours too -- and I'm not too sure that the common core or any other standards are going to help: there are too many children out of school not doing much.

Parents Revolt Against Failing Schools

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

Five Reasons to Play With Food in the Science Classroom

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Enjoying the fruits of her labor, one of our sixth graders wondered aloud why she would ever buy these items from a store now that she knew how to make tastier versions herself.

Mamma Zoliswa's Story

Jessica Pepper-Peterson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Jessica Pepper-Peterson

Eric and Zoliswa were blessed with one biological son, Lia, who is 9 years old. Over the years they have adopted five others from the community who were in need. Two of the youngest girls are HIV positive.

It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.

There Was a Shooting at My School

Annie Stein | Posted 08.17.2013 | Crime
Annie Stein

That is what the shooting at my school has done to me. It brought the random surge of violence that we as a country, as a world, and we as human beings are experiencing at this point in time, straight to my door and laid it at my feet.

Segregated Education in Desegregated Schools: Why We Should Eliminate "Tracking" With "Gifted and Talented" for All

Alan A. Aja | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Alan A. Aja

While more students generally attend racially and economically diverse schools, it is no secret that our schools are anything but unitary.

Many Programs Meet New Evidence Standards

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the most common objections to evidence-based reform is that there are too few programs with strong evidence of effectiveness to start encourag...

From the 'K'radle of Kindergarten to the Glory of Graduation

Kelly Trotter King | Posted 08.10.2013 | Parents
Kelly Trotter King

We all know that it takes a village nowadays to raise our children and carry them from Kindergarten to graduation, so consider today the day you just added me to your personal village.

9-Year-Old Proves That Even 'Failing' Schools Can Produce Ridiculously Smart Kids

Upworthy | Paige Worthy | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
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What's this kid doing at a protest when he should be at school? Oh, right. They want to close his. ...

Reflections on the Last Day of School

Carissa K | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

During those rare moments when you pause and look around, you realize that standing before you is a big kid. And you wonder, When did my little kid become a big kid? A big kid!

Attacks on Schools in Syria: Children Interrogated, Arrested

Human Rights Watch | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

(London) – The Syrian government has interrogated students and carried out violent assaults on their protests and military attacks on schools,&n...

I Knew Something Was Very Wrong

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Three years old. That's how old the little girl was. She was walking to school with her grandmother when an SUV jumped the curb and hit them.

Anti-Bully? Sure -- But What About Pro-Friend?

Carlin Flora | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Carlin Flora

It only takes one. Just one friend, that is, to reduce a child's chances of being bullied, and, if he is bullied, of developing depression as a result.

Drug Cop Goes Undercover in High School and Arrests Autistic Student

Anthony Papa | Posted 07.24.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

The war on drugs has created convenient vehicles for looking tough on crime while hiding being the shield of public safety. But that shield gets worn down when our basic rights are curtailed through its use.

Food for Thought: Student Perspectives on School Gardens

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

From small victories like overcoming fears of eating plants like mint right out of the garden ("you can eat that, Miss? Oh my gosh, it tastes like gum!") to bigger changes affecting the eating habits of whole families, our school garden is slowly changing the way students think about their food.

Answer to a Tough Question

Jon Whitmore | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
Jon Whitmore

For as long as there have been schools, each fall teachers have probably looked at the uneven readiness of their new students, shaken their heads, and quietly wondered to themselves, "What were those other teachers thinking?"

Take a Stand During 'Michigan Week'

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Together, we are revitalizing Michigan's economy one product, one purchase, one person at a time. Join in the fun and make a difference this Michigan Week.

How Many Days a Year Are Mother's or Father's Day?

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

I greet each Mother's Day and Father's Day with many wonderful memories of my own parents, who have been gone for some time.

The Urban Advantage in Education

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Andreas Schleicher

Some of the conventional wisdom about big city schools may be a little off. Given the heterogeneity of the student population, large cities might actually offer students more, not less, stimulation and inspiration.

Bricks and Mortar and Radical Change

John M. Eger | Posted 07.04.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

After reading but just a few of the Carnegie Corporation Reports over the last several years, it is clear that almost everything about the current edu...

Bricks and Mortar and Radical Change

John M. Eger | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

After reading but just a few of the Carnegie Corporation Reports over the last several years, it is clear that almost everything about the current edu...