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'Soup Movement' Brings Local Donors Together To Fund Community Projects

Posted 02.10.2012 | Impact

Gathering around a bowl of soup never warmed so many souls. Communities around the country are organizing local soup gatherings for local good. Thi...

A Simple Innovation: Spend the Money Wisely

John Merrow | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Why is the notion of trying to give poor kids the opportunities that rich kids take for granted anti-American?

Cheating Students Who "Pass" the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 04.11.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Thanks to a recent article in the NYT we now know why students score much better on the English Regents. The exam is much easier than the others. In fact it is so easy that it does not even measure basic student literacy.

The Journey to Very Poor

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

"Very poor" are dirty words in this nation, and I have come to grips with the shame I once carried about being impoverished. I have also learned that very poor has much more to do with the spirit of a person than it does with the balance in his bank account.

The Barbara Tree

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Some years ago, I donated money to the Chicago Park District and they planted a tree of my choosing (a linden) in honor of my late wife. This is the Barbara tree, which I visit regularly.

Teachers At the Table With Secretary Duncan

Teach Plus | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

"Teacher voice is needed in order for real reform to take place," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the inaugural cohort of Teach Plus D.C. Teaching Policy Fellows last week.

Will Measuring Creativity In Schools Help Youth Be Workforce Ready?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Last month, the California State Senate approved a bill to develop a Creativity and Innovation Education Index, designed to measure how schools are fo...

WATCH: Secretary Of Education's Twitter Town Hall On Hispanic Education

Posted 02.09.2012 | Latino Voices

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted a Twitter Town Hall on what she termed Hispanic Excellence. Twitter users asked questions in advance and dur...

Misguided Thinking, or Perhaps Just More Hate: Florida's Policies of Denying the Right to Education to its U.S. Citizens...

Ediberto Roman | Posted 04.10.2012 | Miami
Ediberto Roman

This great state's history demonstrates that if we allow immigrants and their children to prosper, as the Cuban community has amply shown, all of us benefit economically. It is past time to end any discrimination against any United States citizen.

10 States Receive Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING and BEN FELLER | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind. The goal was lofty: Get all children up to par in math and reading by 20...

Arizona's Cultural Genocide & Social Production of "Knowledge"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the history of the U.S., in their role as social institutions, schools have reproduced the cultural norms, often with the attendant range of social inequities and dominant group privileges found within the larger society.

Euclid Again

Lynne Bundesen | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Lynne Bundesen

I could be swimming, or doing my grocery shopping or lunching with friends. But no, I am facing a blackboard of propositions designed in 300 BC.

New Yorkers Put More Faith In Teachers Than Bloomberg

Posted 02.08.2012 | New York

It's another round for Bloomberg versus the teachers union and it's looking like the latter has won the approval of New York City voters. A new po...

10 Minutes With Arne Duncan

Matt Weber | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Matt Weber

Fielding a gamut of current educational queries, from the rising cost of college tuition to the changing role of education schools across the country, Sec. Duncan reflected on these issues facing the field.

Books, Books, Books!

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

When we provide children the gift of books and language, we are providing them with imaginative experiences that are important in building a nation of creative thinkers and innovators.

What's Necessary for Congress to 'Get It Right' on School Turnarounds?

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

For Congress to "get it right" on school turnarounds, it needs to address the concerns raised five areas.

Leading By Example: Ohio and the College Completion Agenda

Gaston Caperton | Posted 04.09.2012 | College
Gaston Caperton

We used to lead the world in college degrees. Now we've fallen dangerously behind. That's why we've set an ambitious goal for ourselves: we want 55 percent of Americans to have a college degree by the year 2025.

Psst...Here's How Your City Can Bring In More Business

Gene Marks | Posted 04.09.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Let the big names like New York and Chicago host the Olympics and be "world class". I can always visit those places for a day. But create a "world class" school system in my city and I'll have customers (and employees) for life. That's what my small business needs.

Arizona State Senate to Colleges: Get Rid of Those Non-G-Rated Professors!

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.09.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

At the same time the Supreme Court is poised to decide if FCC-imposed limits on "indecent" content in broadcast media are an anachronism from a bygone era, Arizona state legislators want to limit what college professors say and do to only what is fit for a Disney movie.

The Poetry of a Classroom

Carol Smaldino | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education
Carol Smaldino

This is not the pretty poetry that makes you smile knowingly at the talent of even the most impoverished lives made quaint. It's rather the gift to the reader of sad, tragic, even brutal information.

CO HB 12-1049: Bringing Common Sense to Education in Colorado

Nancy Cronk | Posted 04.07.2012 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Colorado State Representative Judy Solano recently introduced CO HB 12-1049, giving parents the authority to decide if their child should take the TCA...

Five Tips for a Safer Internet Day 2012

Christopher Burgess | Posted 04.08.2012 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

Lose one, and the criminals will find a way to exploit them all. Easy way to remember that was given to me many years ago: Passwords are like toothbrushes; you don't share them and you change them regularly.

Joy Resmovits

About Face: Are GOP Govs Increasing Ed Spending To Save Political Skin? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Call it budgetary whiplash. Last November, a wave of Tea Party minimalism and budget-cutting fervor swept the country, ushering governors like Rick...

We Can All Make a Difference

Sara Ferguson | Posted 04.07.2012 | Education
Sara Ferguson

Teachers are doing art projects with the students. I've seen others come in early or stay late to create dance routines and compose music... just to make sure students get a well-rounded education. But there are only so many "stretches" we can make with resources this low.

It Takes a Community to Educate a Child

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Zachary K. Pearce

Parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders in government and civic organizations need to take an active role in mentoring as well as educating youth.