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No Excuses

Welcome To New Orleans: America's Urban Education Laboratory

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Welcome to NOLA, where you'll find plenty of "that je ne sais quoi, that elan, that bon temps" but absolutely pas d'excuses. In other words, it's time for us to button up our lab coats and get busy. We've got an achievement gap to crush.

The Poverty-Resources Gap: Rich Hill and the Unique Needs of Rural Schools

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The good news is that policymakers are starting to take seriously educators' assertions that poverty is no excuse, but a real, pervasive, complex problem that we must tackle if we really mean to narrow achievement gaps.

Bridging the False Dichotomy Between Poverty and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

In Kalamazoo, the silos that separate schools, businesses and civic organizations are coming down as everyone accepts a shared responsibility to prepare young people for a successful, productive life.

Are Public Schools Headed for a Wall Street-style Crash?

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash.

No Excuses for GOP Inaction on Jobs

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

Just days before the Nov. 2010 elections, the top Senate Republican, Mitch McConnell, spoke with striking candor about the GOP's top priority going forward. It wasn't jobs, despite the fact that the economy was still in the grip of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.

Dodging a Bullet, or How I Stopped Making Excuses and Started Getting Healthy

Catherine Oliver | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Catherine Oliver

I don't know how things are going to go for me for the rest of my life. All I know is that the last month of my life has been the best I've felt in years. I'm not saying this works for everyone, I just know it worked for me.

Two Go Home In Surprise Decision On 'Biggest Loser'

Posted 03.18.2012 | TV

Producers had a pretty intense week planned for the contestants on "The Biggest Loser" (Tue., 8 p.m. EST on NBC), with head-to-head face-offs on the s...

'Biggest Loser': Broken Couples, No Excuses

Posted 03.04.2012 | TV

It may seem like they just crowned their last winner, but it's already time for a new season of "The Biggest Loser." The theme this time around is "No...

Quadruple Amputee Plans To Scale Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact

Kyle Maynard was born without arms or legs below his elbows and knees. He is a congenital, quadruple amputee, but he's also much more. Maynard, 25,...

Arianna And The Art Of Being Fearless

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Learn from Arianna Huffington, as I have: stay current; share power; maintain and grow your network of contacts; be on the lookout for opportunities. It's simple, really: believe in yourself and miracles can happen.

The Year They Began Calling Poverty and Homelessness an 'Excuse'

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Arne Duncan has chosen to ignore poverty's downward effect on test scores and focus entirely on what he calls "bad teachers" and "failing schools."

Doomed By Poverty?

Joanne Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joanne Jacobs

Any school whose staff has accepted "reality" -- that we can't make a difference for our students -- should replace its teachers with aides who can supervise recess, sports, art and music. Let the kids have fun before they start their grim, hopeless adult lives.