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Campbell Brown Launches Education News Site With An Agenda

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Media

Former CNN and NBC News anchor Campbell Brown officially launched an online education news site on Monday as a way to "challenge the status quo" in Am...

Walking The Walk For Working Families

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

As we fight our way back from the recession, it's clear that our economy isn't working for everyone. Too many don't have the skills they need for the jobs available. As a union, the AFT takes on these issues. This work isn't loud or provocative, but it's vital for our communities and our nation.

This Is What It Takes To Get A Teacher Fired Around The Country

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

States around the country can't agree on what job protections teachers should be granted. Some states allow teachers to obtain tenure -- a tool that t...

An Imagined Interview With the New New York State Education Commissioner

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

This has to be an imagined interview. There were no open meetings with candidates where they were required to lay out their views about educational issues to the public.

Rebecca Klein

Largest Teachers Union Already Involved In 2016 Presidential Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

The National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, has already jumped into the 2016 presidential race, even though only one major ca...

Schools Nationwide Struggle With Substitute Teacher Shortage

AP | TOM COYNE | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Carrie Swing wasn't alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco s...

Janie Velencia

Andrew Cuomo's Approval Rating Drops To New Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

Just a few months into his second term, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) faces his lowest approval rating since assuming office, according to a new Quin...

Hey, Hey, Cuomo, Your Education Plan Has Got to Go

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

What is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan? He offers increased funding, but only if his reforms on teacher evaluation and so-called merit pay are also adopted. But the reality is that using students' results on standardized tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers -- also known as Value Added Assessment (VAM) -- is simply not supported by research on the matter.

Thousands Of LA Teachers Demand Higher Wages And Smaller Class Sizes

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of ...

Chris Christie Says He Struck A Deal With NJ Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics

By Luciana Lopez Trenton, NJ, Feb 24 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck a deal with the state's tea...

The Museum of Educational History

Lee Kronert | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

The National Museum of Educational History located in Albany, New York has been a hotbed of public attention since its opening in January of 2035. The old timers still can't believe that they used to allow themselves to be pushed around like that back in the years of 2000-2020.

When Teachers Are Pushed to the Wall -- A Ray of Sunlight

Laurel M. Sturt | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Laurel M. Sturt

The new iteration of teacher serves not the broad public interest of education as an individual and national good, but the selfish motives of the few: those who profit and those bought by those profits -- the politicians. One chases the money, while the other pursues the power.

Study Finds Pro-Charter School Arguments Are More Convincing

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

Groups against the expansion of charter schools may need to find new talking points. A study from Michigan State University professors Sarah Reckh...

New Teachers May Be Staying In The Field Longer Than Before

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

New teachers may be staying longer in the education field than in the past, according to a new analysis. About 70 percent of beginning teachers ar...

Memory Against Power: The Potential of Adjunct Faculty

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.11.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

There is an overlooked resource for helping to reverse amnesia: part-time or adjunct faculty who make up more than one half of all teachers in America's public and private colleges and universities.

Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of hedge fund executives aiming to direct more taxpayer money to charter schools pooled their own vast resources to help elect...

Rebecca Klein

White House Wants To Make Sure Schools Do A Much Better Job Of Preparing Future Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

Amid long-running concerns that it’s too easy to become a teacher, the White House on Tuesday evening announced new draft regulations that could ove...

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation...

Rebecca Klein

Teachers Unions Say Midterm Losses Don't Reflect On Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

When the smoke cleared Wednesday after the 2014 midterms, education reformers quickly claimed victory and pointed to teachers unions as the election's...

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

The trope of the "bad teacher" continues to dominate the media and effectively obscures the systemic realities that teachers and students struggle with every day.

Dear Jeffco Students, Sorry If It Feels Insulting, But You're 'Pawns'

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Who has something to gain by mobilizing the students to protest a censorship that hasn't even been proposed?

A Tree Without Roots: Astroturf and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.

A Teacher's View on Tenure Reform

TNTP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

For most teachers I know, the debate is personal -- not just because it's about our jobs, but because as teachers who are always striving to do our best work for our students, we want and need to be surrounded by colleagues who help each other by doing excellent work, too.

Donors Matter: Global Warming, Teacher Employment Law, and the 'Political Lens'

Ben Spielberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Ben Spielberg

The "political lens" reminds us that certain claims deserve a larger dose of skepticism than others. The agendas behind a movement are especially important to consider when we lack in-depth knowledge of a particular issue.

Amanda Terkel

Teachers Union Set To Spend More In 2014 Than Any Other Election Cycle Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A national teachers union is set to spend a record amount in the 2014 election cycle, focused on ousting several conservative governors ...