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Why I'm Resigning After 11 Years As A Teacher

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

I have sweet, incredible, intelligent children sitting in my classroom who are giving up on their lives already. They feel that they only have failure in their futures because they've been told they aren't good enough by a standardized test.

Bush Says Education Key To Civil Rights

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportun...

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

Racially Segregated Schools in America: The Bloomberg, Gates, Bush and Obama Legacies

Alan Singer | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The impact of Bloomberg, Gates, Bush, and Obama policies on school segregation can be seen in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Since 2000, demographics in central Harlem have shifted dramatically.

The Defunding of Public Education and the Creation of a Permanent Underclass

Julia Meszaros | Posted 03.19.2014 | Education
Julia Meszaros

I wonder, once public education is destroyed in this country, will we revert back to the days where only wealthy students were guaranteed an education? Will poor students need to find a wealthy benefactor, like Mozart did, in order to attain an education?

Extreme Makeover: Illinois Schools Edition

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We took data from the U.S. Department of Education to look at which schools make up the top of the list. Surprise, surprise, there's a familiar state on it. That's right, Illinois is in the top five of states with the most schools in need of improvement.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

Joy Resmovits

No Child Left Behind Author Cautions Education Dept. On Waivers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

The grandfather of the No Child Left Behind Act is putting the feds on notice, warning them not to pervert the education law's principles -- and he's ...

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

Joy Resmovits

New York Wants To Give Special Education Kids Easier Tests Like 'The Old South,' Advocate Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards and tests as other kids their age? That decades-old question is being revi...

The Global Search for Education: The World Test?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The more important questions that countries have to ask themselves are why they are comparing with one another and what they are doing with the find...

Yes, accountability matters, and it matters for students, teachers and principals

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
The George W. Bush Institute

Twelve years later, where are we? By Bill McKenzie That's the question surrounding the school accountability movement, which came to the public's at...

Let's Teach Students to Think Critically, Not Test Mindlessly

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

For the benefit of the nation, we must limit the use of testing and employ it strategically as a tool that can help students view learning with curiosity and frame their responsibilities as citizens of a great country.

Joy Resmovits

States Struggle To Overhaul Schools After No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Some states are having trouble keeping the promises they made to get out from under the cumbersome No Child Left Behind Act, according to the Educatio...

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?

Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Public investments in schools vary greatly across states, as do other policies that may boost or depress scores. This year, three states received individual PISA rankings -- as if they were independent countries. This can help us connect the dots between those disparities and scores.

What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores

Diane Ravitch | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The news reports say that the test scores of American students on the latest PISA test are "stagnant," "lagging," and "flat." The myth persists that once our nation led the world on international tests, but we have fallen from that exalted position in recent years. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

What If Kids Did the Darndest Things?

Matt Murrie | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

"We beat out the ability of our children to dream."

Joy Resmovits

Obama Administration Steps Away From Civil Rights Promise, Advocates Allege

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

A tweak in the enforcement of the No Child Left Behind Act leaves some education advocates claiming the Obama administration is pulling back on a civi...

Is Your Child's Teacher 'Highly Qualified?'

Jason Stanford | Posted 11.06.2013 | Education
Jason Stanford

NCLB recognized that the worst schools couldn't get better without "highly qualified" teachers. Unfortunately for Teach for America, their graduates didn't qualify.

Principled, Sound Middle Way to Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

One way for Congress to break its six year partisan impasse is by overhauling the dysfunctional Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently called No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The Way Forward on Education

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

If we strive to understand the challenges that teachers face and empower them to improve flawed policy, we will get so much more from our investment in their salaries. Forcing teachers to compete against one another for better scores on a standardized test is not the way to improve education.

Professing and Parenting to the Test: Education Reform and the Testing Madness

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan A. Aja

Deceptive and inaccurate right-wing films like Waiting for Superman don't help either, placing teacher unions as the primary explanatory variables of poor student achievement, while hailing charters as the panacea of all things public education.

A Parent's Plea to Change Media Headlines

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

The fear a parent feels is more intense than anything that could have scared us before their birth. Our children's pain hurts us 10 times more than them, and we prefer it that way. There is a parental connection I could never comprehend as a child that surprises me still today.