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Only Four In Ten D.C. Third Graders Are Proficient Readers, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Only four in 10 D.C. third-graders are proficient readers and even fewer are proficient in math, according to a report release Monday. According to...

In Illinois, 'Squeezing' Retirees Is Also Shortchanging Its Youth

Sylvia Puente | Posted 04.06.2013 | Chicago
Sylvia Puente

A solution to this mess will not be found in the proverbial robbing of Peter to pay Paul: Reneging on pension promises made to our civil servants -- retired teachers among their ranks -- is not an acceptable or sustainable way to fulfill our educational funding imperatives.

'Expanding Choice Is a Way to Help Level the Playing Field'

Doug Tuthill | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Doug Tuthill

A way to combat the challenges faced by students in poverty is to give their parents more options. Affluent parents can buy homes in neighborhoods with preferred school zones, home school or pay for a private school. But low-income parents don't have these opportunities.

Escaping the Tentacles of Poverty

Students Rising Above | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's unacceptable that, at best, 34 percent of low-income first-generation students graduate from college. When I think that only about 2 percent of foster kids in America will graduate college, I'm outraged. When will we decide to honestly and effectively address this shameful situation?

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Students Rising Above | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Students Rising Above

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability. In fact, what's needed are comprehensive programs across the nation that enable promising students to overcome long odds and become dynamic contributors and role models.

Shifting the Higher Education Paradigm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.17.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

To see the future of higher education, look to the less well-known schools that are educating large numbers of previously-marginalized students who are rapidly becoming the mainstream.

How An Urban STEM School Turns Things Around Against All Odds

Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

American youth appear less interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields compared to students of other countries ...

Ensuring Success for Low-income College Students

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

It's not really "news" that some students do not complete their degrees on a traditional timetable; what's big news is that many do ultimately earn their degrees and go on to become great examples of academic achievement to inspire their children and families.

Why Teacher Performance Pay Won't Work

Cristina Lara | Posted 01.07.2013 | College
Cristina Lara

If our congressmen and congresswomen can subject themselves to performance-based pay, then I believe we can have a more meaningful dialogue about teacher performance pay.

Teacher To Run 155 Miles Through Sahara To Buy Laptops For Students

Posted 10.26.2012 | Education

Boston Public School teacher Liz Byron has had enough with the lack of resources holding her students back. She's frustrated with the fact that in a d...

NCLB Waivers: Closing Achievement Gap Requires Policy Overhaul, Not Tweaks

Kate Casas | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Kate Casas

What we should have learned from No Child Left Behind is that you can set a goal of 100 percent proficiency for all students, but if you don't have the policies to support that goal, you are going to fall far short.

Who Will Educate Low-Income Students?

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

I would argue that Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are aiding, and have significant potential to aid, more low-income students and to contribute greatly to degree attainment in the U.S.

Zip Codes Don't Need to Determine a Kid's Academic Achievement

Byron McCauley | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Byron McCauley

When Secretary Rice uttered those words deep into her convention speech, calling education the civil rights issue of our day, my thoughts turned to Tuesday mornings, and why we can't stay on the sidelines any longer.

Can Poor People Save for College?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Spend only half of your paycheck and put the other half in a savings account. It's like portion control. Most of us try it, but don't follow-through.

The 'Grit' Factor

David Allyn | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
David Allyn

The stereotype of poor, academically-lagging student is a dangerous one.

Romney Breaks From Ryan Budget On Pell Grants

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mitt Romney said he doesn’t agree with his running mate Paul Ryan whe...

Tough On Kids

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

We're not sure. Although we agree that the destinies of young people are malleable, we worry as well about the difficulty of achieving the right balance in school between character education and academic preparation.

Closing the Education Gap

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

Many colleges and universities mount similar programs. But, what if all 4,000 of the nation's institutions of higher education were to create three or four similar programs? I think the results would be remarkable.

Educational Change-Makers Offer True Lessons of Public Service During Political Season

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2012 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

This past summer I witnessed the actions of three sets of change-makers giving themselves over completely to education as the best way to empower young people, break cycles of poverty and create a brighter future for America.

Dubiously Closing the Achievement Gap

Anjali Deshpande | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Anjali Deshpande

The Virginia Department of Education has essentially institutionalized low expectations.

End the Strike: Our Children Deserve a Quality Education

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

As the Chicago Teachers Union begins their strike, I can empathize with some of their demands. However, I do not believe the solution is to abandon our responsbility to our children.

How To Improve Access To Free And Reduced-Priced School Meals

Posted 09.07.2012 | Education

A report by Nate Frentz and Zoë Neuberger for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines steps state and local National School Lunch Program...

The GOP Platform and the Meritocracy

Ryan Wells | Posted 10.31.2012 | College
Ryan Wells

In the U.S., we tend to consider ability and aptitude as the primary indicators of merit. These factors, however, are so wrapped up with one's socioeconomic status and family background, that in some ways those are the factors actually being measured.

The Color of Inequity

José Cruz | Posted 10.15.2012 | College
José Cruz

With the strength of our economy and our democracy at stake, you'd think that all Americans would rally to improve our schools, make college more affordable, and nurture our young people's college going aspirations.

Teachers-in-Training Should Not Be Designated 'Highly Qualified'

John Affeldt | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's call the HQT amendment what it really is: a farce of a law that undermines equal access to fully trained teachers for our neediest students