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Educate to Innovate

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sen. Michael Bennet

There is no reason public school reform should be a partisan issue. And my time at the Denver Public Schools taught me that it can't be.

Staring at Superman

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

On Tuesday, the President will deliver his State of the Union Address. In all likelihood, education will be a prominent consideration, sparking a national debate and setting the cogs of Congress into motion.

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

Students 'Left Behind' When Teachers Focus On Test Prep, Not Teaching

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

Never have I perused the ELA tests and not found objective errors (grammar, mechanics and typos). Many classroom teachers agree that the ELA tests are often too ambiguously worded

Value-Added Measures vs. the Love for Learning

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Our children are being denied quality learning experiences and our teachers are forced to treat children as possible test scores. The future of teaching and learning in our public schools is in danger.

In Christina's Memory, Let's Refocus on the Children

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

Of all the tragedies that befell Tucson last Saturday, the one that seemed to tear most deeply at the heart of our nation was the murder of Christin...

Guest Column: Obama on Education -- A-Plus Values, F-Minus Policies

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Chris Weigant

Roughly once a year or so, I turn this column space over to a guest author. This usually happens when a point of view is presented to me either in pu...

Reforming American Postsecondary Education

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Charles Kolb

America's postsecondary education sector is a vital component of our democracy's health. Our ability to transform it will be a key factor in determining its future.

Educating for Democracy: A Call for Teachers to Save Education

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Teachers should be heard from as well but in ways in which they can no longer be ignored.

Would Dr. King Agree With 'No Child Left Behind?'

Brian Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Jones

The approach of a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King provides an opportunity to reflect on one of the hot topics in education reform today: the racial achievement gap.

Five 2011 Predictions for Homelessness in America

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Through a crystal ball, I see a changed America that is seriously ending homelessness, the shameful human scourge of this so-called First World country.

Religious Schools: 'Snow Days' and the Dual Curriculum

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Despite questions that linger about academic performance and how canceled days and fewer hours impact it, teachers, parents, students, analysts and I agree on one key point: Safety is paramount.

Not All Earmarks Are Evil

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

Will the current political posturing over earmarks upend America's efforts to improve our kids literacy and, in the process, make for a stronger and better educated nation?

Can We Bridge the Divide Between Accountability and Learning?

JD Hoye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
JD Hoye

There is a fundamental tension between assessment for accountability and assessment for learning.

Standardized Testing: The New Wild West

Todd Farley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Todd Farley

Like the maddeningly successful author Diane Ravitch, I, too, have changed my mind about No Child Left Behind.

Congress Poised to Call Novice Teachers "Highly Qualified" and Allow Concentration in Poor, Minority Schools

John Affeldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Affeldt

Buried deep in the nearly 2,000 page Senate omnibus appropriations bill that Harry Reid pulled Thursday night was an amendment slipped in on Tuesday t...

Duncan from the PISA Hole: 'Keep Digging'

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the PISA scores released this past Tuesday were "a massive wake-up call.

Tea Party vs. The Department Of Education

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When it comes to school reform, President Obama and his secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, intend to spend 2011 pursuing more federal influence over...

730 US Schools Reinvent Themselves

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — The federal government has enticed 730 schools across the nation to reinvent themselves this school year, and nearly a third have chosen t...

Performance Funding: No College Student Left Behind?

Christine Brandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Christine Brandel

Recently Teresa Lubbers, Indiana's Higher Education Commissioner announced that colleges and universities should expect more funding to be tied to per...

Poor Schools Continue To Have High Rates Of Unqualified Teachers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

According to a recent report published by the Education Trust, there continue to be high rates of unqualified teachers in American schools. Many are ...

Students Flood High Performing Schools, Effect Of No Child Left Behind

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Successful schools nationwide are opening doors to students from low-performing schools as a result of the No Child Left Behind law. The Washington P...

A Thanksgiving Miracle for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

Terrance Stevens, who is paralyzed and fully reliant on a power wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, had prayed for a miracle. His prayers were answered last week when In Arms Reach was awarded funding.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Student Achievement and Create Learners

Pam Lowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pam Lowe

Over the course of my educational experience I've collected a list of criteria that I believe create an atmosphere ripe for improving student achievement. Here I will call it: Top 10 Ways to Improve Student Achievement and Create Learners.

Open Classrooms v. Charter Schools (VIDEO)

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

What exactly is a regular public school, as opposed to a charter school? Is there such a thing? For that matter, is there a typical charter school?