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Can Poverty Completely Explain Poor School Outcomes?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The class action lawsuit the ACLU announced last week against both Michigan and a tiny Detroit area school district for failing to educate its own children raises this question: Can schools ever compensate for the ills of poverty?

To the Presidential Contenders: Why Not Agree on Education?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The startling array was courtesy of the College Board, which wants President Obama and Mitt Romney to start debating fixes to the nation's beleaguered public school system. Yes, education needs discussing. But guess what? These two candidates are already on the same page.

D.C. Public Schools Grossly Under-Reports Spending

Michael McShane | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Michael McShane

The DC public school system has made several significant positive strides in recent years. But until it gets its spending under control, all of these positive developments are going to get lost in its perception as a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy.

Joy Resmovits

Cheating Found In 3 D.C. Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.22.2012 | Education

Three Washington, D.C., schools cheated on 2011 standardized tests, according to a forensic report the district will release today. Of the 38 Washi...

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 ...

Schooling for a Diverse Tomorrow

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

Failure to appreciate our differences opens a door to dehumanization of those who are different. The only way to keep that door firmly closed is through anti-bias education.

Teacher Fired For Traumatizing Math Problems For Third Graders

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education

A Washington, D.C. teacher who sent home violent, morbid and traumatizing math problems to third graders from Center City Public Charter School's Trin...

Suspended Disbelief

Judith Sandalow | Posted 04.16.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Monday's front page story in the Washington Post focused on the high rate of elementary school suspensions. Understandably, many people find it hard to believe this form of discipline is used so often with children so young.

Thousands Of D.C. Students Suspended Before They Can Spell

The Washington Post | Donna St. George | Posted 04.14.2012 | Education

Thousands of elementary students were suspended from public schools last year in Washington and its suburbs, some of them so young that they were lear...

Great Teachers Inspire Big Feelings in Few Words

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

According to legend, Ernest Hemingway was challenged by some friends at a bar to write a short story in ten words or less. It was with this story in mind that StudentsFirst launched a "Six Word Essay Contest" on what it means to be a great teacher.

Memphis' New Teacher Evaluation System Adopted From Controversial D.C. Program

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the third in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comme...

The Nation's Young Hit Hard By Recession, Squeezed Out Of Early Education

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shr...

Yale Grads Launch Experimental Teach For America Alternative

| Neena Satija | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A daycare in every New Haven public school for young mothers. A documentary about the dev...

D.C. Schools Students Reveal High Rates Of Sex, Fear And Suicide Attempts

Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson had some revealing statistics to share with city council members Tuesday -- almost 10 percent of 8th gra...

Obama To Students: Future Is Up To You

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told students Wednesday in a back-to-school address that they bear responsibility in helping America get bac...

Order To Rehire 75 D.C. Teachers Fired During Rhee Era Is Upheld

The Washington Post | Bill Turque | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

The District's labor-management relations board has upheld an arbitrator's decision ordering the D.C. Public Schools to rehire 75 new teachers fired i...

D.C. Students To Be Tested On Sex Education, Drugs

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia public schools are planning to test students on their knowledge of human sexuality, contraception and drug use this...

Back to School in the Nation's Capital

Lindsey Buss | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Lindsey Buss

Back to School. A time of excitement, anxiety and... failure?

D.C. Schools Closed In Earthquake Aftermath

Georgetown, D.C. Patch | Shaun Courtney | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

Updated 7:12 a.m. All District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, to allow for a thorough assessment of sch...

Michelle Rhee Eager For Spotlight, But Not In Cheating Scandal

The New York Times | MICHAEL WINERIP | Posted 10.22.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Why won't Michelle Rhee talk to USA Today? Ms. Rhee, the chancellor of the Washington public schools from 2007 to 2010, is the nation...

D.C. Educator: Teachers Are Overpaid

Education Week | Michael Bromley | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. My colleagues groan when I say it, and then tell me to shut up: tea...

The 5 Most Shocking Public School Cheating Scandals

Posted 09.25.2011 | Education

The country's abuzz with the news and subsequent unfolding of the nation's largest-ever public schools cheating scandal in Atlanta, as the scandal has...

D.C. Schools Fires More Than 400 Teachers

Posted 09.14.2011 | Education

D.C. Public schools fired 413 teachers today as a result of poor annual evaluations. This year, 663 Washington Teachers' Union members will be rece...

How School Districts Facing Cheating Allegations Are Moving Forward

Posted 09.12.2011 | Education

Three year-round elementary schools opened for classes in Atlanta today without problems, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Two of the thre...

Our Children and Our Country Will Benefit From the DREAM Act

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

I have seen students study hard, do well in school and go on to graduate. But with diplomas in hand and caps in the air, some of these teens have their hopes dashed for no fault of their own when they do not have proper legal documentation to apply to college.