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Public Education Reform

Education Reformers' New Target

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. The large am...

Picking Up the Broken Pieces

Lauren Pak | Posted 04.28.2013 | Teen
Lauren Pak

The Diamond Bar strike is much bigger than just resolving the amount of furlough days that should take place in the coming year. It is about fighting for the right for a quality education.

The Texas School Finance Trial: Dedication to the Status Quo

James Golsan | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
James Golsan

We've been suing ourselves repeatedly for the last five decades in an effort to make it less terrible, most recently in a series of lawsuits that began getting filed in October 2011.

US states, Local Governments Plead For New 'No Child Left Behind'

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - U.S. state and local officials again called on Congress to pass renewed "No Child Left Behind" education legislation, ...

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rob Schware | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.

The Digital Promise in Education

Adam Frankel | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Adam Frankel

There are, of course, no silver bullets when it comes to education. But we are seeing islands of innovation across America, where digital tools hold the promise of revolutionizing the way teachers teach and students learn, empowering educators to personalize instruction so they can reach every student.

A Real Recipe for Improving Schools

Harriet Sanford | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Harriet Sanford

Research tells us that it's rarely one thing that turns around a troubled school. Instead, it's a series of consistent efforts focused on teaching and learning over time that is the key to improving outcomes for all students.

If It's Broken, Fix It

Kate Casas | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

We say that we want parents engaged in their child's education, but most states have gone out their way to ensure parents don't really know how well their child's school is doing.

Getting Along to Get Ahead

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

What, really, do our children learn in school? While standardized tests and teacher accountability are the buzzwords of the day, our schools may be missing one of the most important lessons our children must master in order to reach their highest potential.

Workforce Education Should Start in Kindergarten

Sandi Vidal | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Sandi Vidal

As we interviewed the students, their level of preparedness became apparent. Those who had researched, tailored their materials, and prepared were head and shoulders better in the interview than those who had put less time and thought into it.

High School Principles

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

What we need the most is a comprehensive reform of public education that is attentive to raising the ceiling but that does not accomplish this worthy goal by making it even more likely that we will leave many a child behind.

What Public Charter Schools Have Taught Us About Public Education

Nina Rees | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Nina Rees

After two decades, it's clear what charter schools can accomplish. The challenge for the next 20 years is to build on these accomplishments to ensure that every child can realize the benefits of a high-quality public school education.

Education Reform: We're Having the Wrong Conversation

Susan Naimark | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Susan Naimark

Until we understand the deeply racialized history of public education in the United States, not even the best policy efforts will fully address the educational achievement gap.

Empathy for a Teacher

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Teaching is the most difficult, most rewarding job out there. Yet we tolerate or participate in conversations about school reform that paint teachers into a two-dimensional corner.

Neal Boortz Blames Public Schools For President Obama's Election

Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

Neal Boortz, conservative talk show host, denounced public school education at a Tea Party rally in Tampa Monday. During his speech at the Unity Ra...

Some Kids Need More to Get the Same Result

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

I recently heard a story that explains why the community schools model -- a reform approach I've been touting for about twenty years now -- is so effective at helping children succeed in the classroom.

Educational Colonialism

Chris Lehmann | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Chris Lehmann

There are a lot of powerful folks right now who are advocating for a pedagogy that they do not want for their own children.

Pushing Children Out of School -- A New American Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?

Swift to Hear; Slow to Speak: A Message to TFA Teachers, Critics, and Education Reformers

Camika Royal, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Camika Royal, Ph.D.

Philadelphians are strong. We endure. The school district of Philadelphia is the second oldest public school system in the United States of America. And throughout that almost 200-year history, our schools have faced some severe challenges.

Parents Know Best: Let's Start Acting Like It

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Why is the education community so fearful of increased parental involvement? Isn't that what we say we want? The answer lies somewhere at the intersection of power and control.

On the Ethics of Selling Slingshots

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Slowly, but hopefully surely, the progressive community is learning that Goliath is no less of a Goliath when he shows up to battle wearing a t-shirt that says "I heart kids."

Finding Value in the Business of Schools

Paula White | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education
Paula White

The idea of education as a business tends to conjure up images of schools where there is little regard for workplace quality or for joyous endeavors. But the fact is, successful schools, like many successful businesses, can be client-driven, adhering to the adage that the customer comes first.

Lawmakers Object To Funding Islamic School, But Offer Vouchers To Christian Schools

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

Sectarian feuds reignited in Louisiana last week when lawmakers debated whether to provide federal funding for Muslim and Christian schools under a ne...

The Problem With Mitt Romney's Education Plan

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education
Patrick O'Connor

A thoughtful look at the education policies of both candidates leaves very little to cheer about for true education reformers.

The Trouble With Differentiating Differentiation

Dan Ross | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

Why are America's high school student so dramatically and devastatingly unprepared to succeed at the highest levels of scholastic achievement? The answer is simple: differentiation.