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Flap in Virginia Shows Reformers' Fealty to Ideology Over Implementation

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

America's schools aren't doing nearly well enough, especially for our neediest children. We need accountability systems that create urgency and push for significant gains every year. Ideological arguments and utopian objectives don't help.

Study: Reducing Special Education Staff Could Save Districts $10 Billion Collectively

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

A study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has found that if high-spending public school districts reduced their special education ...

Romney Adviser: How Romney Would Take On Unions, Shrink Education Department

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has attempted to make his philosophy about how to impro...

5 Non-Material Things Every Student Should Have

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

For all the functional objects schools might request, the most crucial tools for your child are not physically tangible all, but rather values that will influence every moment of the school day -- and not only for them.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #13, Transforming Our Schools and Making College More Affordable

Bernard Whitman | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

As millions of students around the United States head back to school this week, let's remember what President Obama has done to improve education and make college more affordable.

Duncan: 'No Simple Answer' To Student Debt

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was recently interviewed by “Bloomberg EDU” host Jane Stoddard Williams for a segment that will air Friday at 1...

Teachers Must Adapt To New Evaluation Models Where Tenure Does Not Protect

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio's new teacher evaluation system kicks in starting next year, teacher Tammy Schmidt may be joining her third-grade stu...

Racial Standards In Virginia's New Achievement Standards Draw Ire

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

Virginia's new achievement standards have raised eyebrows. Part of the state's new standards dictate a specific percentage of racial group that s...

Joy Resmovits

Romney, Ryan Differ On Key Education Elements

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

In roundtables with teachers and visits to classrooms, President Barack Obama is continuing to attack the GOP ticket on education this week, from Mitt...

What's Wrong with Teaching to the Test? (Part 2)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

What I do know is that everyone is focused on the tests. Insofar as those tests are assessing critical academic and life skills, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but judging a student, a teacher or a school by those scores is not getting us where we need to be.

Nearly Half Of Americans 'Very Familiar' With NCLB Say It Worsened Education

Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

More Americans think No Child Left Behind has made education in the U.S. worse rather than better, according to results from a Gallup poll released Mo...

Assembly Bill 5: A Giant Step Back for Teacher Evaluation in Los Angeles

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 10.20.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

The lightning speed at which our infamously slow state legislature is trying to pass a statewide teacher evaluation framework can only mean one thing -- lawmakers don't want anyone to understand what's really in there.

What's Wrong With Teaching to the Test? (Part 1)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Now I don't claim to be smart enough to understand the whole testing debate, but from a classroom teacher's perspective, it seems like everyone ought to relax and start with the things reasonable people can agree on:

No Child Left Behind: Not Dead Yet

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Some States Resisting Obama Administration Ed-Reform Requirements

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. This week the Obama administration announced it had released a total of...

Joy Resmovits

Nobody Asked If U.S. Special Ed Transition Programs Work, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

Thirty-six hours after Marlyn Wells gave birth to Anna, she learned her daughter had Down syndrome. Just a few years later, the family started talking...

Arne Duncan: Parents Are Children's Most Important Teachers

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and CAROLE FELDMAN | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- A more well-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test. Higher academic standards and more difficult classwork. Continued cuts ...

John Celock

'West Wing' Episode Comes To Life

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

The political push by a group of geographers has managed to unite a bipartisan group of governors that normally don't agree. A campaign by the Ass...

Students Told They Can't Transfer Out Of Failing School Because They Are White

Posted 08.03.2012 | Education

Rayville Elementary School in Louisiana received a failing grade this year, based on the state's School Performance Scores. Under the state's Public S...

Fire Pearson

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

It's getting to the point that politicians are going to have to face what every public-school parent, teacher and administrator in this country knows: high-stakes testing doesn't work.

School Starts (Over)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

One cool thing about teaching is that you get to start fresh every year, either with new students or with students who have matured a bit over the summer, and might have forgotten your screw-ups and grumpy days from last spring.

Report Examines Goals Of States That Have Received No Child Left Behind Waivers

Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

A report released Friday by the Center for American Progress examines the measures various states that received No Child Left Behind waivers have take...

Virginia District Uncovers Teacher Cheating, Students Must Retake Exams

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

Students at a Virginia school district had to retake standardized exams after five teachers were found to have given "inappropriate assistance" to stu...

Quo Vadimus

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

My school is in a formal School Improvement process, with loads of money from various sources and hard deadlines for real improvements in attendance, discipline, graduation rates and student test performance. And we are improving.

Joy Resmovits

No Child Left Behind Waivers Granted To 33 U.S. States, Some With Strings Attached

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

By Thursday, the Obama administration will have waived 32 states and Washington, D.C. from No Child Left Behind -- sort of. U.S. Secretary of Educa...