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Republicans Push To Update No Child Left Behind

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Re...

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits)

Alan Singer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Just Ensured That His Education Legacy Will Last After He Leaves Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is inviting states to apply to renew their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. And according to guidance issued Thursd...

A New Paradigm for Accountability: The Joy of Learning

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Whatever you call it, Race to the Top has hurt children, demoralized teachers, closed community schools, fragmented communities, increased privatization, and doubled down on testing. But I have an idea for a new accountability system that relies on different metrics.

Rebecca Klein

What The White House Is Doing To Make Sure Low-Income Students Get Good Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

The White House on Monday took a step to ensure that schools serving low-income areas get their fair share of the nation's best teachers. New guide...

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

Peter Greene | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.

Rebecca Klein

Kids Are Substantially More Likely To Take ADHD Medication During This Time Of Year, Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

While the number of children medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kid...

Why Many Inner City Schools Function Like Prisons

Alan Singer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I've come to realize that Common Core and its high-stakes assessments are just another piece in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Will students as individuals and we as a country have to be threatened with our education being taken from us to understand the value of learning for the sake of learning?

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' test scores in this international exam?

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Time Travel to the Past! Welcome to School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As summer turns to fall and parents are buying children their new backpacks, it is time to think of how our schools work and whether they are inspiring true learning. The schools of today are largely those of our great-grandparents.

Law Professor Declares Arne Duncan's Waivers Illegal

Peter Greene | Posted 11.01.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

An upcoming article in the Vanderbilt Law Review argues that the administration's waiver program is both illegal and a very, very bad precedent. Folks have questioned the legality of Duncan's waivers all along, but this takes that game to a whole new level.

Arne Duncan Declares Victory in War on Schools and Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I found three of Duncan's statements particularly ironic. He wrote about his continuing commitment to a "spirit of flexibility," flexibility that is completely lacking in Race to the Top mandates.

Joy Resmovits

Is The Obama Administration Backing Away From Standardized Testing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educ...

Washington Officials Say State Schools Aren't Really 'Failing'

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

(Updates with Department of Education statement) By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Superintendents from ...

One Way to Stem Violence in Chicago Is by Fighting Hunger

Jeannie Boutelle | Posted 10.05.2014 | Chicago
Jeannie Boutelle

It is one thing to complain about violence in Chicago and it is another to do something about it. Feeding children who don't have access to good food, providing them with a full stomach gives them a sense of security, and reinforces a connectedness to their community.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Joy Resmovits

This Will Make Some Special Education Advocates Really Happy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York students with disabilities will be held to the same academic standards and take the same standardized tests as other kids their a...

The New Yorker Nails the Real Lesson of the Atlanta Testing Scandal

John Thompson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Our children are being robbed of opportunities for real learning, and being socialized into the reward, punish, and silence work culture of the Atlanta schools and other systems dominated by fear and compliance.

Tuning in to Teachers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard.

Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The average American student and teacher now spend about 30 percent of the school year preparing for and taking standardized tests. This is time that schools could use to achieve their primary purpose of educating students. Instead, they become nothing more than test factories.