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Steve Jobs, Donald Trump Donations Help Emanuel Take On Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Donors to Emanuel's 2011 campaign included Republicans * Teachers union was hostile to his run for mayor * Contributio...

Michelle Rhee: How Obama -- Or Romney -- Should Change Education

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 09.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of Washington, D.C.’s public schools...

Poverty Must be Tackled But Never Used as an Excuse

Michelle Rhee | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngPoverty presents huge challenges in our schools. But expectations of academic success for a child should never hinge on the circumstances of his or her birth.

Rhee At GOP Convention: Ed Reform Will Require 'Getting Ready For A Fight'

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee called for classroom teach...

New Yorkers For Great Public Schools Report Blasts Mitt Romney Education Policy, StudentsFirst NY

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

A coalition of labor unions and liberal advocacy groups has launched a campaign to tie Mitt Romney to supporters of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg'...

Public Education Is for the Common Good

Asher Huey | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Asher Huey

When astroturf groups undermine schools and workers, they are not acting in the best interests of children, parents, teachers or the community.

StudentsFirst Partial Tax Records Reveal Spending

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2012 | Education

(Corrects paragraph 2 to "growth" instead of "scores"; paragraph 11 to remove "later" as one can opt out at signing, and to show Change.org did not ...

Joy Resmovits

Weingarten On Rhee: 'I'd Be The First To Welcome Her If She Actually Changed'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

The day after Michelle Rhee's education lobbying group, StudentsFirst, got dumped by progressive petition site Change.org because of intense pressure ...

Activists Targeting U.S. Schools, Backed By Big Bucks

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon May 15 (Reuters) - During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rh...

Leaders of New Group Have an "Interest" in Education

Gail Robinson | Posted 06.13.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

Increasingly privatized education -- with charters, consultants and competition -- offers more opportunities for investment and profit-making. Its proponents have a special and vested interest in the policies they promote.

State Senate OKs College Profs To Teach High School Without Training

Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

Anyone teaching in a college could be automatically eligible to teach in high schools, according to a bill passed by the Tennessee state Senate Monday...

Joy Resmovits

Education Absent From The Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education

It's Super Tuesday, and Ohio kindergarten teacher Nicole Kessler is frustrated. Budget cuts turned her life upside down this year: To save money on bu...

Joy Resmovits

How Much Do City Students Know?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education

The report card on America's urban schools is in, and the grades aren't good. On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Education released the results of...

Michigan Senate GOP Legislators Move to Make Recalls Much More Difficult

Patricia Lesko | Posted 02.05.2012 | Detroit
Patricia Lesko

Michigan Senate Republicans want to tighten the rules so that a legislator's votes cannot be grounds for recall, as was the case with recalled legislator Paul Scott.

Joy Resmovits

Meet America's New Education Lobby

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

Meet the new education lobby. It's ambitious, expansive and, in some cases, modeling itself after sprawling single-issue lobbying organizations lik...

Pennsylvania Reform Plan Receives Mixed Response

Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled a four-part education reform proposal Tuesday morning that has since received mixed reactions. At a news con...

Sam Stein

Michelle Rhee's Key Hire Finds Difficulty In Diffusing Union Distrust

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attempts to bridge the divide between self-styled education reform groups and teachers unions, backed by progressive organizations, hit ...

State Representative Resigns, Drops Campaign Plans To Join StudentsFirst

Posted 10.31.2011 | Education

Michigan Democratic state Rep. Tim Melton is leaving office and moving to California to join Michelle Rhee's education reform group StudentsFirst. ...

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Union Defends Michelle Rhee Attack Site

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education

In the eyes of Steven Brill, the American Federation of Teachers building a website attacking Michelle Rhee and masking its origins is worse than Rhee...

Lizzie Schiffman

Starbucks CEO Withdraws From Conference At Anti-Gay Church; Michelle Rhee Does Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

Update: On Thursday, Willow Creek Rev. Bill Hybels told audience members at the Global Leadership Summit that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz did not sp...

Michelle Rhee: You've Got To Fight For Our Schools

Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee sat down with AOL to discuss the state of America's public schools and how her organization StudentsFir...

Joining Forces With Former WTU President George Parker to Benefit Kids

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

I recently shared my views on unions with the former head of the Washington Teachers Union, and he said he thought the unions had to become more reform-minded. "Huh," I thought. "That doesn't sound like the standard union line."

From the Fall of Cathie Black to the Mirages of Michelle Rhee: A Bad Month for Corporate Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 06.14.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

Between Black, Rhee, Sheffield and Goodloe-Johnson, it has not been a good month for the corporate education reform crowd.

Why I Support Teachers' Right to Collective Bargaining

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

The problem is not collective bargaining. The problems arise when unions use collective bargaining to push for policies that devalue great teachers.

(Education) Inception

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

after reading Michelle Rhee's two newest efforts to launch her own form of "Inception" -- her organization's inaugural policy agenda -- I see her fundamental misunderstanding about the power of ideas.