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Improved Literacy Could Save Health Care

Brock Cohen | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Brock Cohen

Not surprisingly, gaps in literacy lead to wholesale academic failure -- a pattern that repeats itself over generations. The conditions of poverty that beset families hinder literacy and academic growth; conversely, academic failure spawns more poverty -- and so on.

State Budget Cuts Could Mean No More School Buses

AP | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

SEATTLE -- The yellow school bus could become another victim of the Great Recession in some parts of Washington. Gov. Chris Gregoire doesn't want to ...

Don't Be Spooked By Sex Education

Haydee Morales | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York
Haydee Morales

Halloween has passed, and with it all of the goblins, and ghosts and other things intended to leave us frightened. Or have they?

Arkansas School Provides Clothing, Food For Growing Number Of Homeless Students

Mark Horvath | Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact
Mark Horvath

This week I was visiting Northwest Arkansas for The Farm's Harvest Festival and my friend Mike Rusch connected me with Marian Riner, Families in Trans...

Teacher Bonuses In Idaho To Depend On Parents

AP | By JESSIE L. BONNER | Posted 12.30.2011 | Education

BOISE, Idaho -- Parents across Idaho will now play a role in whether or not their child's teacher gets a raise. Teacher bonuses in more than two doze...

Stop Bullying Month Over... Now What?

Janet Hubert | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Janet Hubert

Now that we are coming to the end of National Bully Prevention month, now what? Bullies move on because it's easy for them; they have suffered no collateral damage, but the bullied sometimes never get the chance to.

White? Black? Asian? Native American? What To Put On School Forms?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.28.2011 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

What race are your children? That of their father? Their mother? The one that does them the most "good"? Or that makes them most comfortable in their skin?

Meet Our New President of External Relations

Michael Haberman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education
Michael Haberman

The solutions to the problems confronting our nation's education system are complex, and no one person or organization has all of the answers. But, if principals reach out into their community, they will find that many solutions are waiting just outside their doors.

First State To Allow Public School Bible Classes Sees Dwindling Enrollment

AP | By DORIE TURNER | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

ATLANTA -- In 2006, Georgia became the first state to allow Bible education classes in public schools, after much debate over the sticky issue of sepa...

Three Reasons San Francisco Public Schools May Not Be for You

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.24.2011 | San Francisco
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I hold no ill will towards those who have made the choice NOT to participate directly in the public school system, but my wife and I have chosen to raise our three daughters here in the city and are committed to public education.

Pursue Passion: Demand Google 20% Time at School

Katherine von Jan | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education
Katherine von Jan

Rather than scripting our K-12 experience, and expecting miracles when we get to college that we'll suddenly have clarity about our interests, we have to start asking students what turns them on earlier.

The Grown-Up in the Room: DPS Board Candidate Emily Sirota

Nancy Cronk | Posted 12.21.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Above all the din of the warring factions, one rational, knowledgeable voice continues to bring voters back to the reason the school board exists: doing what's best for the children and families of Denver.

While Schools Decay, We Can't Turn Away

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

The president's jobs plan has a unique ability to strengthen both the economy and our public schools -- urgent tasks, since neither can be strong if the other is weak.

Disruptive Schooling

Nancy Pine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

We envy the academic achievement level in China. There are many reasons for their achievement. But one is that instructional time is respected. The teachers teach -- uninterrupted. Not a second is lost.

Allocating Resources to Improve Student Learning

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As the test of time has proven, education alone cannot address entrenched social problems

The Crucial Role of Parental Involvement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Bureaucratic systems often create barriers that prevent teachers from developing effective relationships and discourage parents from taking part in helping students develop their learning skills.

Schools Letting In Advertisers To Help Cover Budget Cuts

Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

The interiors of 16 schools in Pennsylvania's Bucks County Pennsbury School District will be decorated a bit differently this year: They're the new ho...

Columbus High Schools Face Closures From Under-Enrollment

The Columbus Dispatch | Jennifer Smith Richards | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

The Columbus school district has closed 40 schools in the past seven years. None was a high school. But after losing thousands of students, some hi...

Principal Bans Halloween Costumes, Says Holiday Is 'Problematic'

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

A Massachusetts elementary school principal has lashed out against traditional American holidays, banning costumes in school for Halloween and telling...

Student Sues School To Remove Prayer Banner, Says Her Case Is 'Very Strong'

AP | By LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A 16-year-old atheist said Thursday she is confident the law is on her side in her fight over a prayer mural that she wants remove...

Bipartisan Support for Fixing Our Schools

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education
Jared Bernstein

School repair and modernization marries two problems -- the need to fix our public schools and sky-high unemployment among the folks who do the work -- into one solution.

'Sesame Street' Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign

AP | By DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Big Bird's problems getting into "The Good Birds Club" are at the center of an anti-bullying effort being launched by "Sesame Street." Th...

Building Community, Building Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Two years ago, Chicago's Fenger High School had its 15 minutes of horrific fame when the beating death of an honor student named Derrion Albert -- caught suddenly in a surge of gang violence -- was recorded on a cell camera.

How Private Companies Are Profiting From Texas Public Schools

Texas Observer | Abby Rapoport | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

It's not hard to imagine Pearson's vision of utopia. Pearson is a London-based mega-corporation that owns everything from the Financial Times to Pe...

The Cost of Education

Ilana Garon | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

The poverty of inner-city schools is one of those issues about which everyone has an opinion, but I've found that most people are hard-pressed to describe what this looks like on a day-to-day basis.