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An Armchair Dad Questions Arne Duncan

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Texas hasn't gone soft. As a parent of two sons in public school, I can vouch that we all still want our kids to get good grades so they can go to good colleges. But the tests, which were promised to bring improvements, are increasingly impediments to education.

Education: It Takes a Community

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

If we want to strengthen schools serving those most in need, we must strengthen the communities in which they are located. Yet, the trend across the country has been to close "poor performing" schools thus attenuating the community-school connection.

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

Joy Resmovits

Texas Drops Major Bush Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

It's official. Texas is leaving behind George W. Bush's baby -- the No Child Left Behind education law. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan an...

We Dare You to Care

Clarissa Burt | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

Hunger is an epidemic that occurs all around the world. Although it is something we may hear about more often elsewhere, the truth is, millions of Americans suffer from food insecurity right here in our own backyard.

The World Needs Uncommon Children, Not More Conformists

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

I cherish uncommon children who dye their hair purple, ask uncomfortable questions and solve problems in ways that I'd never considered. The world needs more artists, eccentrics, rebels and dreamers, not more cookie cutter adults.

Joy Resmovits

Report Calls Signature Obama Initiative 'Impossible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, is "impossible" at best and damaging at worst, argues a new,...

After NCLB? Emerging Strategy Shift

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Now is the critical time for Congress to shift from NCLB's punitive, harmful and ineffective high-stakes testing strategy to a supportive, beneficial and effective strategy: guiding, assisting, funding and holding accountable our low-achieving schools to improve by doing what works.

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

What Is a 'Failing' School?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Closing schools does not make them better. Nor does closing schools help students. It's way past time to stop blaming the people who work in troubled schools and start helping them by providing the tools they need and the support their students need.

The Problem With No Child Left Behind Waivers

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of N...

Joy Resmovits

Should Special Ed Kids Be Held To The Same Standards As Their Peers?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards as their peers? And should schools and teachers be held accountable for their...

Pennsylvania Gets A No Child Left Behind Waiver

AP | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Education Department has approved Pennsylvania's request to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind's requirements in exchange for a pl...

Deck Chairs on the Titanic Failure of American Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The shift from the wrong-headed policies of No Child Left Behind to the new Common Core and its tests is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic failure of education in America.

The Body Snatchers Are Running Education Reform

Marc Epstein | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

The ongoing expansion of the federal government's takeover of education, dictating the day-to-day terms, by which local public schools are run, has spread with the speed of the Kudzu plant in Georgia.

Joy Resmovits

A Return To Bush Education Law?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Kansas, Oregon, and Washington -- Arne Duncan is putting you on notice. On Wednesday, Deb Delisle, the U.S. Secretary of Education's assistant, wro...

Moms and Dads and School

Ron Berler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

All are complex problems, entwined in money, ideology and bureaucracy and exceedingly difficult to repair. But there is one broken element in public education that is apolitical in nature and costs zero to fix.

Ed Dept. Lets More Schools Ignore Parts Of Federal Law

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Eight of California's largest school districts can ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, Education Secretary Arne...

Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten: Should You Hold Your Child Back?

Lori Day | Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

We now have a kindergarten arms race where school and state obsession with test scores, parental competition and anxiety and teacher preferences for older students have changed the very nature of a child's first year of elementary school.

WATCH: Former Bush Cabinet Member Talks Education's Greatest Problems, Solutions

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact

At a time when there exists an unequal distribution of high-quality teachers and public school closures are being labeled as human rights violations, ...

Joy Resmovits

Still Separate, Still Unequal

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. NEW YORK -- When Dwight Davis, a ...

No Test-maker Left Behind

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

Dem Gets Slow Clap With Impassioned Speech

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) earned a slow clap from his colleagues during an impassioned speech against the Student Success Act, a bill passed by th...

Joy Resmovits

Dumping Bush's School Legacy For Good?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a replacement of the long-expired No Child Left Behind Act, the first time the nation's sweeping fed...

House Debating GOP Bill Despite White House Threat

Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

By JIM ABRAMS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The effort to rewrite the flawed No Child Left Behind education law is heading for a partisan co...