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Student Identity Through the Arts

826LA | Posted 02.10.2016 | Education
826LA

These are questions I try to keep at the forefront when planning curriculum. The execution of them has taken varied forms, depending on available time, supports and student interests.

Next Steps in Closing the Gaps in Arts Education in Our Schools

Jesse Rosen | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Here are some highlights of why as a parent, nonprofit leader and arts advocate, I am so pleased with the direction of the new law, but also concerned about next steps.

Keeping Children Healthy, In School and Learning

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that school districts and community partners across the country respond to Acting Secretary King's and Secretary Burwell's call to action to connect children to needed health coverage and ensure they're in school and ready to learn.

Awarding Grants for Prison Education

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.04.2015 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

While education programs for prisoners are often a hard pill to swallow for the average American who must pay for their own children to go to school, the research is clear: prison education is the most cost-effective crime control method that exists.

16 Illinois Schools Bestowed 'Blue Ribbon' Award in 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Department's Blue Ribbon Schools program awards public and private elementary, middle and high schools for academic excellence and improvement in closing the gap between privileged and underprivileged students.

The Illusion of Inclusion: How We Are Failing Students with Learning Disabilities

Jessica R. Toste | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Jessica R. Toste

We are now in an era where many schools endorse and embrace the goal of full inclusion for students with disabilities. And undoubtedly, inclusion is key to obtaining educational and social equity.

After 19-year Probe, Feds KO Complaint Against NYC's All-girls School

Michael Meyers | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Michael Meyers

It only took 19 years -- for the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to approve as legal East Harlem's Young Women's Leadership School (YWLS) which began in 1996 as a middle school for girls and which is now a middle and senior high school.

Evidence-Based Reform Is Irreversible

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

For a long time, education has paid little attention to evidence. There are still far too few researchers, educators and policy-makers involved in the evidence movement.

The Results of Being the Dumb Down Party

Harlan Green | Posted 09.19.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

What is the reason Republicans have become the party of anti-intellectuals? The danger is that it may drown out any intelligent discourse about the most important issues of our day. It's driving at least one of our political parties into insanely ridiculous positions, at the moment.

College Scorecard Sandbags Equity in Higher Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 09.13.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

The College Scorecard completely ignores the increasingly non-traditional nature of the nation's undergraduate student body today, and instead, presents data as if most college students are privileged children whiling away four years in some grove of academic luxury.

Arne Duncan: These Are The Things Parents Should Demand From Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Certain educational rights should be universal, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday. While speaking at the 2015 National Parent Tea...

Evidence at Risk in House Spending Bill

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.25.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I can't speak for all of the affected programs, but I do want to address what some of these proposed cuts could do. In a word, they would devastate the movement toward evidence as a basis for policy and practice in education.

Evidence-Based vs. Evidence-Proven

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Way back in 2001, when we were all a lot younger and more naïve, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). It had all kinds of ideas in it, some better than others. The emphasis on research was certainly novel, and even revolutionary in many ways.

Former Corinthian College Student: I 'Owe $40,000 For A Useless Degree'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.16.2015 | College

The U.S. Department Of Education announced this month it would offer debt relief to defrauded students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges -- a mov...

Washington School Goes Green With Worm Poop And Rotten Lunch Food

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 06.10.2015 | Good News

The circle of life is a marvelous thing. Fourth-graders at Hillcrest Elementary School in Oak Harbor, Washington, have created an award-winning env...

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

Can Ratings Assess True Value of Diverse Colleges?

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

There is no work more important or rewarding than social work, teaching, counseling, and advocacy. I encourage you to delve into the revised framework and assess if it could accurately reflect the unique elements of your higher education institution and the value of a degree.

Sparks Fly: Competency-Based Education Catches

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Our educational outcomes -- particularly for lower-wage workers -- remain abysmal. And, our quality of life is suffering -- the Social Progress Index 2015 ranks the U.S. 16th in the world on that measure. And, yet, I see a glimmer of hope.

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

FAFSA Primer: How to Navigate Through the College Aid Maze

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Whether you're a parent with a child currently in diapers or a student planning to graduate from high school fairly soon, it is worthwhile to study the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- a 130-question form that determines who qualifies for a piece of $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds -- well in advance.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Wanted Much More Testing From PARCC and Smarter Balanced

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

That said, I have also looked at the background on the CCSS and federal funding for PARCC and SBAC tests. USDE had a test-funding plan for the CCSS in April 2010, before the CCSS were published in June. By September 2010, grants were awarded to the PARCC and SBAC groups to begin test development at roughly $300 million total.

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 04.03.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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.