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Brains Are Changed Through Early Use of the Hands

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.28.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

An interesting snippet was published in the New Scientist January 19-25, 2013 concerning how early training of musicians changes the wiring of their brains.

Joy Resmovits

Students With Disabilities Have School Sports Rights, Obama Administration Declares

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

When Kareem Dale, now a special advisor to President Barack Obama, was in high school, all he wanted to do was wrestle. But as a student who was parti...

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Financial Aid Fix May Reverse College Dropout Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | College

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is highlighting what i...

In Restarting House Education Committee, Kline Seeks To Get More Done On NCLB, School Safety

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.24.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

It's back to school for Congress. Today, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, held his first organizational meeting with the 113th Congress's iteration of his committee. In his opening remarks, Kline said reauthorizing No Child Left Behind will remain a "top priority." NCLB, the sweeping law that governs public K-12 education, expired in 2007.

Ed Today: Obama's Inaugural Education Mentions, Test Prep Bankruptcy

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.24.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

So There Was An Inauguration... As you might have heard, this weekend, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. And at the inauguration, he gave a speech. The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss teased out O's references to education. (Hint: There weren't many. For the most part, Obama lumped in education with other domestic policy issues in need of reform). More here from Politics K-12.

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High School Grad Rate Hits Record High

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Teen

More U.S. high school students than ever are graduating on time, according to new information released by the research arm of the U.S. Education Depar...

Lance Armstrong Is Right About One Thing

Victor Dorff | Posted 03.20.2013 | Education
Victor Dorff

I wonder how often our children interpret our effort to encourage them as an implicit instruction to do "whatever it takes" to rise to the top. While we are thinking, "Spend more time studying," they may be hearing, "If cheating is what it takes, then so be it."

NYC Teacher Evaluation Stalemate, White House Assessing Big Push On Early Education: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.20.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Obama 2.0? As part of the Huffington Post's series on Obama's second term ("The Road Forward,") we reported out this story on his plans. The White House and Education Department have so far been pretty tight-lipped about their plans, but a few little birdies told us that they're cooking something up on the early education front. See here for more.

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The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama's education secretary, has a slogan that summarizes his tenure and the view of his mission that he shares with his...

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Mississippi Arrests Scores Of Minority Children

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Chicago

In Holmes County, Miss., a sheriff's car once picked up a 5-year-old. The crime? Wearing shoes with red-and-white symbols, an apparent school dress co...

Ed Today: Teachers With Poor Ratings Clustered In NYC, Charter School Quality

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Cluster Suck? The New York Daily News takes another look at the StudentsFirstNY teacher distribution report and finds something stunning: 20 percent of teachers are "bad" teachers in each of 14 Brooklyn schools. To give you some perspective: only 3 percent of all city school teachers got these negative ratings. And two of those schools received "A" ratings from the Department of Education. (I should note here that these ratings are volatile, etc., but you already knew that.)

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Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Detroit

Charter schools are the fastest-growing sector of public education, taking root in most U.S. states, thanks to a big push by the education reform lobb...

White House On School Safety, No School Closure Savings? Ed Tonight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

No Closure Cash? A recent trend in urban education has been school closures. New York City recently made headlines for releasing a lengthly list of schools slated to be closed. Philadelphia has made similar news. And Chicago is now deciding which of its "underutilized" schools it will close. A similar thread between all these closures has been the argument that closing schools saves money. But a new study adds to the growing body of evidence that shows this may not actually be true.

Now is the Time to Reduce Gun Violence in Schools and Communities

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

I have been proud to serve President Obama and this administration since day one, but today was one of my proudest days.

Allegations Of Texas Curriculum's 'Islamic Indoctrination' Refuse To Die, Despite Reports To Contrary

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

Over a month after a Texas school district debunked allegations that their third-party curriculum was indoctrinating young students in Islam, the clai...

Texas Zeroes Out Standardized Testing, Can Tablets Replace Textbooks?: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Less Texas Testing? As Texas prepares its budget, lawmakers in the Lone Star State are trying to make a statement on standardized testing. Currently, KUT News notes, testing is "zeroed out" in the House budget. That means it's still in there, just followed by a bunch of zeroes. "We want to start the conversation on testing," House Budget writer and Republican state representative Jim Pitts told KUT. "And we're gonna have a lot of hearings between now and the end of the session on education and some things that we're going to do in education.  And we sure want testing to be one of the number one things. And that's why we did it." We are grateful to KUT for asking, since we were wondering ourselves: yes, says Texas Education Agency spokesperson Dabbie Ratcliffe, this is probably the first time in Texas history such a tactic has been used to discuss testing.

Early Childhood Education Is Just the Start

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Recent education reform efforts place particular emphasis on early childhood education and high school interventions with little regard to elementary and middle schools -- a critical juncture where we lose some of our brightest kids.

Ed Tonight: Michael Bloomberg's Rough Week With Labor, Graduation Rate Increases

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

A Somewhat Happy Education Headline? America's students are graduating high school at higher rates, according to a new Harvard report (via the Wall Street Journal.) In 2000, researchers found, 77.6 percent of Americans ages 20-24 had high school diplomas; 10 years later, 83.7 percent of that same group held diplomas. "The improvement was particularly sharp among blacks and Hispanics," WSJ reports. "For instance, in 2000, 61.2% of black men between 20 and 24 had finished high school; in 2010, 72.0% of black men in that age bracket had." But even so, 20 percent of American men between 20 and 24 -- and 14 percent of women -- still lack that crucial certification.

Who Gets Union Money?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Mike Antonucci went through the National Education Association's financial disclosure report so you don't have to. The NEA is the nation's largest tea...

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Should We Be Focusing Education Policy On Rich Students?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- Lawmakers should be more careful when using international test scores to drive education policy, argues a pair of researchers in a new pap...

Book Featuring Lesbian Couple Back On Utah School District's Shelves

AP | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education

SALT LAKE CITY -- A book about a lesbian couple raising children has returned to a Utah school district's library shelves, amid a lawsuit from the Ame...

Yes, Arne Duncan Is Staying On As Education Secretary

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

A few minutes ago, a wire story was filed quoting an official speaking "on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement has not been made." The official apparently whispered into the ear of the reporter that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would be sticking around for President Barack Obama's second term. Color us puzzled.

Whither Bipartisanship In Education Policy?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

One upon a time, education was known as a bipartisan issue in Congress. The passage of No Child Left Behind, for example, was heralded by Democrats like Ted Kennedy and George Miller, as well as Republicans like John Boehner and former President George W. Bush.

Will Longer School Year Help Or Hurt U.S. Students?

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 03.15.2013 | Education

-- Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more h...

Another Guilty Plea In Tennessee Teacher Cheating Case

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.13.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

In November, we reported on a major teacher cheating ring that was unfolding in Memphis, Tenn. Now, there's a new guilty plea.