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Teaching the Judeo-Spanish Heritage to Chicago Seventh Graders

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I was impressed by the attainments of the Chicago students and I believe they, too, were affected by learning something new. It was a good day in a Chicago public school.

Kate Sheppard

Is Your Kid's School Located Near A Chemical Facility?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The rese...

Will You Use the New Illinois State Lottery App?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

So what do you think, lottery players? Is this the development that will please all those letter-to-the-editor writers who expect the lottery to pay for the state's education needs?

NYC Parents, Teachers Protest State Tests that Include Inappropriate Questions, Product Placements

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

Friday's protests are getting widespread coverage in local media as well as attention from city and state education officials. The negative reaction to the test from principals and teachers has also been covered in the national media.

The Charter School Correction

Craig Hochbein | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Craig Hochbein

The very things that make certain charter schools successful, when compared with their public school counterparts, ultimately will prevent their ability to eliminate achievement gaps.

How a Mother's Mission Ignites Self-Worth in Houston Girls

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

On a cloudy morning in Houston, TX, I peered out at the bright eyes and pearly smiles among the fourth and fifth grades girls at Codwell Elementary Sc...

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

LGBT Youth Need Our Voices to Stand Up to Bullying

Rep. Linda Sanchez | Posted 04.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Rep. Linda Sanchez

For too long our society has shrugged off bullying by labeling it a "rite of passage" and by asking students to simply "get over it." Those attitudes need to change. Every day students are bullied into silence and are afraid to speak up. Let's break this silence and end school bullying.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

It's a Big Task, but Schools Have the Job of Improving Kids' Opportunities for Success

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

There is one public institution that has providing children with equal opportunities as its primary goal, and that is our schools. That is a heavy burden indeed, given that policy choices have undermined their ability to live up to the job.

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

A New Voice in Our City: How Memphis Students Are Becoming Partners in Efforts to Improve Public Schools

Willa Seldon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Willa Seldon

As local school districts seek to produce better outcomes for students, at least one district is thinking about students not merely as those on the receiving end of reform, but as allies in bringing it about.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

My Children Are Not Gifted

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Melissa Bollow Tempel

Sure, they are smart, but all children are smart. They are talented, but all children have talents. Nope, my children are not any more special than any other children in the city of Milwaukee. Only difference is my children are privileged and lucky. They have had opportunities that only privilege can buy.

My Friend Andy, a Gay Teacher

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

I didn't have to think about how I'd describe a party, an outing, a dinner. I didn't have to censor my stories.

High Stakes

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

A mind is a terrible thing to test, especially a child's mind -- if, in so doing, you reduce it to a number and proceed to worship that number, ignoring the extraordinary complexity and near-infinite potential of what you have just tested.

Web Extra: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this video, Diane Ravitch and I talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires, celebrities and individuals with no experience in education; the fact that taxpayers are increasingly funding religious schools and why hedge-fund managers see education as an emerging market.

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

Think Twice Before Jumping on the Anti-Testing Bandwagon

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kati Haycock

Parents want to be partners in their children's education, but they can't do that very well without honest information about how their children are doing.

The Best School Lunches in America

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Thank goodness somebody realized how backwards it was to serve such unappealing, nutritionally lacking lunches. In the past decade, enormous changes have been made nationwide in the ways learning institutions feed our offspring.

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

Allison Hertog | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

Charter schools and special education. Two concepts antithetical to each other? Not in my book. A handful of public charters are already doing a bang-up job educating kids with disabilities, I swear.

Writing Our Future

Michele Kotler | Posted 03.28.2014 | New York
Michele Kotler

In the ongoing dialogue regarding education reform and the quality of New York City's public schools, one voice is almost completely silent: the voice of the students.

Love Letters

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

My first kiss happened when I was thirteen. My boyfriend at the time was fourteen. It wasn't long before we were real lovers. But I couldn't sustain it for more than a year or two. I was young and wild.

More on Cafeterias and School Culture

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

School leaders play an enormous role in establishing a culture and climate of respect, but every adult in the building is part of establishing and maintaining that culture. And kids reflect the adult culture.