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The True Story of Public Education in America

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.

10 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a High School in San Francisco

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.16.2014 | San Francisco
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Each school has its own admissions process: most publics and charters are lottery-based, others are application-based and others may use academic performance or auditions as criteria.

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

Washington State Is Still Not Giving Enough Money To Public Schools

AP | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the wa...

The Back-to-School Book List for the Educated Teacher and Parent

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Students, teachers, and parents are getting back into the swing of school routines, and this reminds us once again that learning never stops -- even after our formal years of schooling.

A Good Start for Schools and Students

Harriet Sanford | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

It's no surprise that too many students start each school year without the supplies they need, or walk into classrooms that don't have the resources required for a productive year.

Forget iPads, Education Needs a Whole New Framework

Laura Flores Shaw | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Laura Flores Shaw

The biggest problem with our educational system is that it's big business. And the education-technology revolution, while claiming to be the answer to our outdated system, only fuels the money machine, providing zero incentive to make changes that will truly help our children.

Success Academy, 'The New York Times Magazine' and Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The New York Times Magazine has a long article about Eva Moskowitz and her chain of charter schools in New York City. But what Moskowitz does to get high test scores is not a model for public education or even for other charters.

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

The Miseducation of the Masses

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.04.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

We are doing a huge disservice to the education of our nation's children, when the focus must be placed on how to take tests and how to score well on them, rather than on developing skills and deep content knowledge in a variety of subjects.

The Wal-Mart-ization of Education: Wal-Mart Wants Classrooms to Run More Like a Business, Teachers Are Fighting Back

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

If the Walton family is truly interested in helping every child achieve a high-quality education, they could begin by committing to pay their own workers a decent wage instead of spending their billions to wipe out our nation's public school system.

With a Conscience: "Teaching"

Claudia King | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Claudia King

All I know is that excellent teachers know their students so well, that they can monitor instantaneously what they need and when they need it. Great teachers feed our spirit and our soul. Like a delicious meal, they make us want to savor every bite and come back for seconds.

The Public View of Public Schools: Are the Nation's Policymakers Listening?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

This year's PDK/Gallup poll elicited Americans' opinions on a wide array of education topics, including Common Core State Standards, student standardized testing, international comparisons, school choice, and school governance issues.

A School's Moral Vision

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Doing well on tests is not an education, but simply a skill in taking tests. School offers an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value.

Public Education (Finally) Speeds into Digital Age

Jane Swift | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Jane Swift

Despite the endless partisan gridlock in Washington, a groundbreaking vote by the Federal Communications Commission to restructure how it spends taxes on mobile phones will make a real difference in America's public schools.

Vermont Stands Up for Education

Peter Greene | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

I grew up just across the Connecticut River from Vermont, playing in my front yard and looking at the big beautiful mountains, but I have never loved Vermont more than I do reading this resolution.

An Interview With Dr. Yohuru Williams on Corporate Education Reform: 'We Aren't Buying It."

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As millions of teachers and students head back to school in the upcoming weeks, Dr. Williams wanted to inspire public educators, despite the many hardships they face, to find a way to become more involved, on the activist front, in this war on public education.

The Solution to the Problem of Unequal Schooling: Standards

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Dr. Gail Gross

As education is funded by real estate taxes, there will always be savage inequalities in schools across America. Lower real estate taxes, from impoverished neighborhoods, guarantee that students will have poorer buildings, less equipment, fewer microscopes, books and supplies.

5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year

Christopher Emdin | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Over the last few weeks students have been inundated with news on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. These updates are shaping the ways that youth make sense of media, the police, their lives, and their future. For this reason it is imperative that teachers find a way to bring this issue into the classroom.

The Roots of #Ferguson

Laura Barrett | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

The listening tools, consensus building techniques, and the discipline that organizing teaches will all be used by area pastors and leaders in the months to come. It's just too bad that all of these efforts can bring only justice and healing in the short and long term, instead of immediately.

How to Solve the Teaching Crisis (Or at Least How to Start)

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

If you do not feel safe as a teacher -- not just physical safety, as that's a whole different blog entry -- in terms of having an administration who believes in your strengths and abilities and is willing to invest in you, then your job is a lot harder and less effective.

Education Drives Expanded Access to Opportunity in the U.S.

Russell Krumnow | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Russell Krumnow

Studies have shown that low-income children who attend high-quality preschool are more successful academically.

Investing in Student Outcomes: Can We Get Spending Right in Public Schools?

Andrew Broy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Andrew Broy

Last year, public education funding in the United States eclipsed the $600 billion mark for the first time. Despite the volumes written about specific...

Coming to Terms About Mentorship

Vivy Chao | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Vivy Chao

Often times what is failed to mention about mentorship is that it is difficult to develop that relationship. That relationship is so difficult to develop because it can be seen as a one-way street.

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg and 'The View' Regarding Teacher Tenure

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 08.08.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Your comments and misconceptions about what tenure really means are miseducating the American public, and I'd like to address them here.