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New Teachers Reflect on Teaching in 2011

Susan Sawyers | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

To wind down 2011, we asked some first-year public school teachers to tell us what they've learned now that they have some experience in the classroom.

Opt Out Chronicles: Politicians Are Not the Answer

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How do we allow our children to take part in a system imposed by political operatives, lobbyists, and think tanks that only want to get at the money tied up in public schools and declare the public system a failure?

How Do We Move Mountains?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Here's hoping that 2012 will be the year when we stop abandoning schools and people as "failures" and begin reconnecting communities to build long-term educational, social and economic success.

Kansas City Schools Slammed With Lawsuit Over Transfers

Posted 02.27.2012 | Education

Five suburban school districts have filed suit to stop student transfers from Kansas City Public Schools to their districts until various issues like ...

Do Teachers Really Come From the "Bottom Third" of College Graduates?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Despite the ubiquity of the "bottom third" and similar arguments (which are sometimes phrased as massive generalizations, with no reference to actual proportions), it's unclear how many of those who offer them know what specifically they refer to.

School Official Grabs Camera, Orders Filming Stopped At Privatized Public School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. (Updated 12/21/2011 at 5:42 p.m. with apology.) The city's schools spokesman grabbed a re...

School Official Resigns After Grabbing Reporter's Camera To Stop Filming

| Posted 02.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Two days after an outburst in which he grabbed an Independent reporter's camera and deman...

In A Time of Faith, Restoring Faith In Our Adults And Institutions

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Tiziana Dearing

We put our faith in the adults around us because to do otherwise would be to embrace chaos. We put our faith in nonprofits and like institutions because we know how badly we need them to do the work they do.

Former Teacher Poses Nude For 'Penthouse'

Posted 12.22.2011 | Education

After being forced to leave her teaching job due to her former life as a sex worker, Melissa Petro has embraced the media's portrayal of her in a spre...

We Bought a School

Ben Falik | Posted 02.21.2012 | Detroit
Ben Falik

After news that Governor Snyder lifted the limits on the number of charter schools operating in Michigan, you may be asking yourself, "What's stopping me from opening my own charter school?" Not much, in all likelihood.

Musings of a Mom-to-Be

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Preeti Vissa

There are things that we all need, from good schools to clean air to opportunities for education and advancement, that individuals can't create by themselves. We must do them together.

Corporate Education Reform and ALEC's Definition of Acceptable Risk

Shaun Johnson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Think Progress recently reported on a comment from a top-executive with the American Legislative Exchange Council that some children eating rat poison is "an acceptable risk."

The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Nick Rabkin

If more education policymakers begin to recognize the poor returns that school reform has brought, we may, even in this time of deep economic strain, see a new openness to the arts in our schools.

Yale Grads Launch Experimental Teach For America Alternative

| Neena Satija | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A daycare in every New Haven public school for young mothers. A documentary about the dev...

Half Of All U.S. Public Schools Are Failing

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

ATLANTA — Nearly half of America's public schools didn't meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since th...

Big new DonorsChoose matching grant efforts

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.13.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, you've already seen our support for, where you can help kids in school by supporting their teachers' projects. The deal is that ...

State Budget Cuts Slam Higher Education, Almost Spare K-12

| Kathryn Baron and John Fensterwald | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, Midyear budget cuts hit Cali...

District May Ease Junk Food Ban Amid Profit Loss

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

The Seattle School District is considering rewriting a policy enacted in 2004 that removed junk food from public schools, citing the ban's huge cut to...

High School Shocked By Theft Of Its Goats

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

Students at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, Calif. are in the first stage of grief after seven goats were stolen around 11 p.m. Sunday, The Pre...

Passion-driven Reform

Eric Sheninger | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education
Eric Sheninger

It takes a special person to be an educator. You understand that your reward is not money or bonuses, but instead the satisfaction of knowing that the lesson you spent a great deal of time preparing resulted in student learning.

Should Churches Be Permitted To Worship On Public School Premises?

Michele Somerville | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Although we can (and must) draw lines to ensure that schools do not teach religion, endorse religion, permit collective prayer while school is in session, we can no more kick prayer out of schools than we can evict God.

If I Were a Middle Aged White Man

Louis Peitzman | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Louis Peitzman

If I were a middle aged white man, I wouldn't write articles called "If I Were a Poor Black Kid" for Forbes. With a title like that, it wouldn't matter what points I was making.

How to Cut the Budget and Improve Schools

Andrew Coulson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
Andrew Coulson

Given that spending thousands of millions of additional dollars hasn't noticeably improved outcomes... why keep spending it? If we really care about children's education, the way to show it is by ensuring that every dollar we spend actually accomplishes something.

Judges Should Stop Giving Deference to School Officials

Adam Goldstein | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Adam Goldstein

It is time to end this bizarre practice that assumes judges who are competent to decide whether a man lives or dies for his crimes are incompetent to decide whether a school administrator crossed a line in a strip-search.

Santorum Concerned Gay Marriage Will Be Taught In Schools | By Alison Gowans | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he is concerned about legalized gay marriage spilling over into lessons in the classroom, during ...