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Nonprofits and the Government: A Relationship Strained by Bureaucracy

Richard Buery | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Our country faces existential challenges, like rising income inequality, poor educational outcomes and long-term health costs. By rethinking how governments fund the agencies doing vital work, we can finally put the welfare of our citizens first.

Mitt Romney's Desperate VP Choice

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

You have to wonder about the level of Mitt Romney's desperation to select Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Uphill Both Ways: Transportation for Special Education Students in DC

Judith Sandalow | Posted 10.09.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

No D.C. student commutes to school barefoot in the snow and uphill both ways -- but we've seen many children whose trip may be the real-life local counterpart to that worn joke, only much less comic.

Is Public Education Really Free?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As we look forward to a brand new school year, parents are busily getting their children ready for the first day of school. And that means spending money.

Have You Heard? Big Changes for Special Education in NYC

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

How can a teacher with little to no special education background be the ideal instructor for children with special needs?

When the Tea Party Rules America

Glenn W. Smith | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Glenn W. Smith

A portrait of America under Tea Party rule runs the risk of reading like dystopian science fiction. So be it. We should take the risk because a future Tea Party America would likely be such a dystopia, a place even tea partiers might fear to tread.

Why Do We Educate Kids?

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.05.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Sure, we want them to have jobs, and the sooner they're trained for them, the better. But we also need an educated citizenry -- to create the new jobs, raise the next generation, and protect the Republic -- and that's why we have public education.

Are You Smarter Than an 18th Century 10-Year-Old?

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

John Adams learned Latin at the age most of us today are still learning the difference between "their" and "there." He entered Harvard at sixteen and was practicing law by his early twenties.

Make Me Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools

Dan Ross | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Dan Ross

If my experience alone doesn't impress you, then I present to you my Eleven Point Plan to transform the nation's 18th largest education system into the finest in the land. (That's right. My plan goes to eleven.)

Junking "Junk Science"

Caryl Rivers | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Caryl Rivers

We have to dump dangerous "junk science" pushed by powerful advocates who argue that due to vast differences between boys and girls, single-sex classrooms are needed to improve children's academic achievement. It's not true.

Critical Investment Advice From Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to America's national military and economic security and democracy comes from no enemy without, but from our failure to invest in and prepare all of our children for the future right now.

Deborah Kenny And Bill Cosby Talk Teachers, Education

Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

Educator and national activist Dr. Deborah Kenny was interviewed by Bill Cosby about her new book, "Born to Rise" at the National Charter Schools Conf...

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.

Bold Leaders for Our Public Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Richard Carranza, Jan Christensen and John Porter are just a few of the many bold superintendents who are changing children's lives by bringing together the entire community to help their student succeed.

Is Education on the Cusp of a Turnaround?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Americans continue to lose faith in their public schools, a Gallup poll reported recently. Less than a third of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in schools. Why the drop?

Teaching Kids to Think

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Common Core Standards are all the rage, with the whole country headed to a set of national academic standards stressing higher-order thinking and problem solving. CTE is showing us the way.

Public Education Is for the Common Good

Asher Huey | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Asher Huey

When astroturf groups undermine schools and workers, they are not acting in the best interests of children, parents, teachers or the community.

Getting Work Done in a Wobbly Economy

Nancy Carriuolo | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Nancy Carriuolo

As the economy continues to wobble, the public is looking to higher education as one of the levers to use in seeking a means to provide more people with a quality, affordable education, with stable costs.

On Early College High School and Community College Remediation

John Merrow | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I just wanted to drop in and "blog" -- it's mostly a showcasing of videos, hence it being in quotes -- about two of our recent pieces for PBS NewsHou...

The Problem of Cyber Charter School Funding In Pennsylvania

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Zachary K. Pearce

Until HB 2364 or another bill with a similar goal is able to become law, I expect local school directors' jobs in the commonwealth to remain challenging.

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

I Am Sick of Class Warfare

Randy Turner | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Randy Turner

The cold day in hell has arrived. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever agree with Congressman Paul Ryan about anything, you would have eith...

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."

Musicians Work to Create Future Guitar Heroes

Barry Bortnick | Posted 08.26.2012 | Denver
Barry Bortnick

Jen Pastalo Dacpano and Nicole Severson are on a mission to bring music, song, and community into the hearts and souls of school children across the Front Range.

Invest in Education, but Don't Forget About Operations

Ken Zeff | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education
Ken Zeff

Here in Los Angeles, where the price of real estate has driven up the cost of living for everyone, including those who work in our public schools, we face the untenable proposition of paying New York real estate prices with Mississippi-level student funding.