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Declaring Corinthian Colleges Too Big To Fail: A Terrible Idea

David Halperin | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Treating Corinthian as too big to fail, and thus sacrificing students and common sense, simply to find a buyer, any buyer, is a terrible course and a terrible precedent. The time to stop this bad decision is right now.

Removing the Interference

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

A healthy public school system is like a healthy human body. Think about it: The brain is the head honcho. It makes all the decisions about which organ, tissue or cell is going to do what, when and how. Our education department does the same.

Where Illinois School Districts Get Their Funding: Local, State and National Money

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.

Here Is The Average Student Debt Burden In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business

A college degree is still immensely valuable in America, boosting lifetime earnings for people that have one. But for many students, the trade-off for...

Rebecca Klein

Feds Investigating K-12 School Districts For Mishandling Sexual Assault

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

While colleges around the country are facing heightened federal scrutiny about their handling of sexual assault cases, a number of K-12 school distric...

REPORT: Child Homelessness Surges To All-Time High

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30,...

1.3 Million Children Should Not Be Left Homeless

Bruce Lesley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Unfortunately, while education funding is horribly inadequate, housing supports are often completely non-existent.

How Not to Help Grads With Student Loans

Robert Shireman | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Four months after my niece's graduation party, she got an email with a subject line indicating that she would soon need to start making payments on her student loans. Employed only part time and sharing a room in a small apartment to keep costs down, she was afraid to open the email.

In Annual Statistics, Most Colleges Claim Zero Reported Sex Offenses

Adam Goldstein | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Adam Goldstein

If the Obama administration is serious about preventing sexual assault on campus, it has to start by actually enforcing the minimal requirement that the colleges attempt to count the number of students brave enough to speak out about the crimes they've experienced.

Number Of Homeless Students In America Is Rising Rapidly

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high during the 2012-13 school year, according to the latest data from the U.S. ...

Recognizing the Critical Importance of AANAPISIs

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Higher education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity for a talented few; rather, it is a prerequisite for the growing jobs of the new economy.

Evidence to the Rescue! Whole School Option for SIG

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The U. S. Department of Education has just released draft regulations that will substantially change School Improvement Grants (SIG). Within the doc...

There May Be More Homeless Kids Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

A shift in tracking homeless children may benefit young ones falling through the cracks in the current system. If the Homeless Children and Youth A...

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

Implicit Bias and the School to Prison Pipeline

Leland Ware | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Leland Ware

The statistically significant racial disparities in school discipline are too large and longstanding to have occurred by chance. School officials are exercising their discretion and imposing disciplinary measures in ways that disadvantage African-American students and severely undermines their access to equal educational opportunities.

Counting Homeless Kids, the Right Way

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

Children don't vote. They rely on us to protect them. The ones who are the most vulnerable, those who are homeless and at risk of being prostituted, need us more than ever.

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

Controversial For-Profit College To Close Campuses In 11 States

AP | By BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A for-profit education company sought to reassure nervous students Tuesday that they'll be able to finish their degrees ev...

What Arne Should Have Said

Peter Greene | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The answer that Arne came up with is stupid, but the question it addresses -- are all students with disabilities getting the educational service they deserve? -- is not a stupid question at all.

U.S. DOE Believes Expectations and Testing Cure Disabilities

Peter Greene | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is just so stunningly, awesomely dumb, it's hard to take in. Are they that enamored of the magical power of tests? Do they imagine that disabled students are just all faking, or that the specialists who diagnose these various problems are just making stuff up for giggles?

The Great Society, 50 Years Later

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

LBJ, who himself had struggled to afford school to become a teacher, had a finely tuned sense of human potential, of justice, and of what was possible with hard work and a good education. In a speech at the University of Michigan, he asked America to see the powerful connection between educational opportunity and the nation's economic and moral health.

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

Progress and Challenges 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

In 1954, Brown v. Board may have seemed like the end of a long struggle for educational equality. In fact, it was the beginning. We face a lot of challenges today in our communities, our country and on our planet.

Why the Feds Should Regulate For-Profit Colleges

Tom Allison | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Tom Allison

It's true that for-profits disproportionately serve students of color: African-Americans make up 14 percent of the total student population, but make up 29 percent of for-profit student population.