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U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches High Of 81 Percent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

The U.S. high school graduation rate reached a new high of 81 percent for the 2012–2013 school year, according to data released Thursday by the Depa...

Teacher Regulations Worthy of George Orwell

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.01.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Who will remain to teach the nation's schoolchildren when the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) succeeds in its plan to force every single pupil, teacher, school, college and university to conform to its Orwellian plan for constant surveillance and measurement of teachers via standardized tests and surveys?

Career U: What's a College Education For?

Terry Newell | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Terry Newell

Education is central to economic growth, and reducing student debt, now estimated at $1.2 trillion nationally, is essential, lest we burden an entire generation with crushing financial responsibilities. But higher education ought to be about more than economics. It ought to be about not just learning to earn but learning to live a fulfilling life.

The Destruction of Democracy and Creativity in Our Schools: Mission Accomplished

Arnold Dodge | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Like the banner on that aircraft carrier and the promise of "No Child Left Behind" to make all kids proficient by 2014, the entire reform enterprise is a lie. But those who have influence and wealth, claim that they have performed miracles as they boast of their accomplishments.

Teaching, Learning and the College Ratings Framework

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.20.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

By dismissing the primary work of colleges and universities --- teaching and learning --- as impossible to measure across institutions, the proposed framework exposes the utter folly of the Administration's plan to impose some kind of generic rating system on the thousands of disparate institutions of higher education in this nation.

Teacher Education Rules an 'Important Step Forward'

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

The new draft teacher preparation regulations from the U.S. Department of Education are an important step toward addressing many of the deficiencies in current teacher education programs. The priorities outlined are working to transform STEM teacher preparation.

Obama's USDOE: Appointed to Privatize. Period.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The deeper story in what the Obama administration values regarding American education lay in its selection of US Department of Education (USDOE) appointees. Their backgrounds tell the story, and it isn't a good one for the public school student.

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

Thank You, Jim Shelton

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone who works to advance evidence-based reform in education was saddened to learn that Jim Shelton will be leaving the U.S. Department of Educ...

Perfect v. Good: Higher Ed Reform Edition

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Real life is notoriously imperfect. Somehow, this ill-conceived quest for perfection in higher education seems rooted in nostalgia for an outmoded collegiate ideal.

The Tables Turn on College Rape

Amy Siskind | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Amy Siskind

As our country moves forward with awareness and acknowledgment of the epidemic of rape on campus, someone's been left behind: our college men.

College Presidents Must Lead On Sexual Assault

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.01.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Haven't we fought for several centuries to overcome such disempowering stereotypes about the inherent fragility of women in college?

Rachel Lienesch

Americans Want Government More Active In Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Lienesch | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

Americans support a more active role for the federal government in investigating how colleges and universities handle sexual assault, but are divided ...

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

An Interview With Dr. Yohuru Williams on Corporate Education Reform: 'We Aren't Buying It."

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As millions of teachers and students head back to school in the upcoming weeks, Dr. Williams wanted to inspire public educators, despite the many hardships they face, to find a way to become more involved, on the activist front, in this war on public education.

Four Years In: Reflecting on Progress Toward Preventing Bullying

Deborah Temkin | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

In the last four years we have changed the conversation and brought the issue of bullying to the forefront. But we need to stop just talking about bullying and engaging in superficial action.

Why There's A Huge Gap In Counts Of Homeless Kids

SFGate | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact

Are families who live packed in single rooms in residential hotels considered homeless? It depends on who you ask. In 2001, San Francisco expand...

California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

Lost Girls Are Everywhere

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Religious leaders should examine their own practices to root out injustices against women that, in the most extreme twisted minds, become justification for the most horrific crimes.

When Something Goes Right...

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

Today, for the first time ever, we can rely on what we are told is the percentage of students graduating from high school.

New Trove of Federal Reviews of College Financial Aid Compliance

David Halperin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
David Halperin

The newly released reports are worth examining, because they provide a window into the Education Department's enforcement efforts in recent years, as well as school practices.

ELL Parents: Forcing Change and Fighting to Be Heard Within Our U.S. School System!

Laura Wellington | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

Only in America can taking 36th place award you a grand prize of $71 billion dollars. But that's where we are folks. According to the 2012 Program For...

Gifted+Learning Disabled = No Desk For You, Says New Study

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

We all celebrate our 2e heroes once they accomplish something great.They all needed accommodation, though many did not receive them. We do not need our 2e children to be famous, but we do need them to get the assistance they need to do well in school, and further to bring their talents to bare.

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluat...