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Sharpton's Rally for Equal Education for All

Mary Ann West | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
Mary Ann West

The site of the rally is the Norwalk, Conn. school where homeless mother Tanya McDowell had placed her young 5-year-old son last fall in order to get the best education for him.

Taking on Stark Inequalities in NYC Schools

Benjamin Todd Jealous | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York
Benjamin Todd Jealous

NY schools have increasingly co-located charter schools inside public schools as a cost-cutting measure. Co-locations can lead to disparities, division and tension among students, which can impede learning.

A Smarter Response to Eliminating Foreign Language Programs

Ron Fairchild | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Ron Fairchild

This is one strategy schools can use to make the most of the talents and skills of all of their personnel.

The New Language of Furr

Gaston Caperton | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Gaston Caperton

Last month I visited Furr High School in Houston and met Dr. Bertie Simmons, the woman almost single-handedly responsible for Furr's dramatic turnaround.

Students, How About You Appreciate Your Free Education Before You Lose It?

Larry Strauss | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

I was recently contacted, from prison, by a former student, a brilliant young man according to the state standardized tests we were giving a decade ago on which he scored in the 99th percentile in math and not far below that in English.

Feds Offer $150 Million In Grants For Innovative Education Ideas

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 08.03.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — The federal government is trying to make it easier to apply for one of its grants for innovative ideas to improve education, but with ...

Pennsylvania: 'Selectively Dismantling' Public Education

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Regardless of party affiliation, an elected official in the state of Pennsylvania is required to support public education.

Accountability: How and Why a Boring Report Made Me Weep

James Gee | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
James Gee

Why do we, in education, at a policy level, so often do what even commonsense tells us is wrong?

What I've Learned in School: Reflections of a Disenchanted Student

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

I have learned a lot in my 12 years of compulsory schooling: I have learned that creativity has no place in the classroom. I have learned that it's not really the student but the grade that counts.

Divine Constitutional Abomination

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The nation's largest Tea Party umbrella group is seeking to infiltrate our public schools with the radical theory that the Constitution is divinely inspired. This outrageous so-called "history" is not fit for any classroom.

Protect the American Union by Supporting Public Schools

John H. Jackson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

For the United States to be a global leader in postsecondary education by 2020, it will take a higher level of accountability from teachers, parents, our youth and policymakers to maintain our Union.

Ending The Silence On Anti-LGBT Bullying In The Classroom

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

It's important for schools to have clear and comprehensive anti-bullying policies, but policies that target only the bad behavior will never solve the problem.

Report: Education Choices Expand Across America

AP | CHRSTINE ARMARIO and DORIE TURNER | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education

When it comes to education choices – from kindergarten up through college – the decision is no longer simple. Children don't just attend ...

Education Budget Crisis Set In Motion By Recession Is Far From Over

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education

STOCKTON, Calif. — The financial crisis hitting many of the nation's public schools is taking a heavy toll in cities such as Stockton, a blue-co...

Dawn and Claire Have an Idea

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Dawn and Claire find that their eighth-grade students remember little about American government from the previous year. They decided there had to be a better way to promote civic knowledge.

Why I'm Marching

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

If America needs to reform its public schools, why aren't public school teachers, students and families leading the education reform movement?

Shrinking Budgets Demand Smarter Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.21.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In the midst of Duncan's "New Normal," community schools make more sense than ever.

Are High-Poverty Schools Educating Students To Stay Poor?

Mike Green | Posted 07.19.2011 | Education
Mike Green

If "education" is the key to success, then thousands of public schools are not educating students.

The Irrationality of Regressive Budget Cuts

James K. Galbraith | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
James K. Galbraith

Where is the goal of improving our economy? Or the living standards of our people? It is nowhere to be seen in the rush to achieve things which are driven by some metaphysical notions that have become attached to accounting concepts.

Should Schools Be Nut-Free?

Susan Weissman | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Should US schools be "Nut Free?" I wonder how much the label of "Nut-Free" school can secure the safety of any nut-allergic allergic child.

The Problem of the Disappearing Teacher and How to Solve It

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Pam Allyn

Katy Faber discusses her views on reforming our education system so that we can retain our outstanding teachers and nurture a new generation of lifelong leaders and master educators.

Classroom Grading is an Attack on Students

Bob Bowdon | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Until someone devises a grading system that can compensate for which students have advantages and which don't, the only fair course is to avoid grading completely.

Public School Teachers: Are We an Endangered Species?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Why are people who claim they are representing the best interests of our children doing so much to damage those who provide the foundation for this country?

Parents: This Fall, Beware Tea Partiers Dressed Up as James Madison

Doug Kendall | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Doug Kendall

It is undoubtedly the case that all our kids could use a good civics lesson, but the modern day James Madisons from the Tea Party who are vying for access to our schools are peddling ideological snake oil, not real history.

The Missing Link in School Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education
Diann Woodard

It's time to open up the debate about school reform to the people who will be responsible for the delivery of the promised results