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U.S. Schools Struggle With Basic Human Need

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education

It's not iPads, SMART boards or after school activity programs that the majority of U.S. schools are struggling to provide, it's something much more b...

Why Students Should Evaluate Their Teachers

Jonathan Jeffrey | Posted 12.10.2011 | Education
Jonathan Jeffrey

These evaluations should be accessed solely by the teachers about whom they are written. As a result of this confidentiality, teachers can learn how to improve their instruction quality, without fearing retribution. The evaluations can be a tool for growth, not as a cause of stress.

Avoiding School Reform Roadblocks

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Reform is about creating an environment in which students are the priority and we as their teachers assist them in starting and finishing their journey to becoming educated citizens.

Why I Send My Children to Public Schools

Robert Niles | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Robert Niles

I don't believe in the people who are attacking our public schools. Sending my children to public schools is the ultimate sign of support, and helps keep me more deeply involved in a precious public resource that needs, and deserves, our support.

5 Reasons Why Public School Teachers are Occupying Wall Street

Christopher Emdin | Posted 12.06.2011 | Education
Christopher Emdin

2011-10-06-Screenshot20111006at2.16.50PM.jpg Understanding these reasons can help us all improve public education in America and support our teachers.

Black America's $100M investment experiment

Mike Green | Posted 12.05.2011 | Black Voices
Mike Green

What if Zuckerberg had challenged innovative Black entrepreneurs across the nation, rather than students, to compete for 1,000 cash prizes of $100000 each?

Bridging The Gap Between The City And Its Schools

Joanna Rees | Posted 12.04.2011 | San Francisco
Joanna Rees

If San Francisco's economic future depends on a well-trained workforce, we must address the growing trend of families leaving our community in search of better schools.

School Official Pulls Bra Trick At Public Meeting

AP | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

ABINGTON, Mass. -- The chairman of the school committee in Abington, Mass., is apologizing for a magic trick he performed before a televised meeting t...

Trust but Verify in Education -- and Some Discussion on Cheating

John Merrow | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
John Merrow

This isn't a fully-formed blog post per se, but I would like to draw your attention to an editorial I co-authored in last Sunday's Sacramento Bee; t...

The Land of Opportunity -- An American Fairytale

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

There are many things American schools need. More early academic emphasis is not one of them. In fact, early academic emphasis is one of the root causes of the intractable achievement "problems" in public schools.

Mother Banned From School And Bus Stop For Confronting Son's Bullies

Posted 11.26.2011 | Education

A Minnesota mother has been banned from her child's school and bus stop for defending her son against bullies, WCCO-TV reports. After her 10-year-...

The Gift of Reading: Public School Library Makeovers (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.19.2011 | Impact

In communities across the country, Target is sharing its love of education. In partnership with The Heart of America Foundation, Target team member ...

Thousands Enter Schools Without Vaccinations At Record Rate

AP | By SHEILA V KUMAR and SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Last year's class of California kindergartners had a record high percentage of parents who used a personal belief exemption to a...

School Choice Advocates Hope To Build On Gains

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.25.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the third of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

Power and Bullies: Why Gay Kids Need School Choice

James Peron | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
James Peron

Parents are free to remove their children and educate them someplace else, but that means they pay twice: once through taxes, and then again for the substitute they find. Many parents simply can't do this.

An Addition To Elementary School Curriculum

Posted 11.22.2011 | Education

Virginia's Board of Education is expected today to hand off legislation to local school districts allowing them to add gun safety to elementary school...

Lawmakers Find Extra Money For Private Schools As Public Schools See Cuts

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.21.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the first of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

How The Walmart Family Heirs And Others Are Changing The Face Of Education

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the first of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

What We Can Learn by Investing in Our Schools

Thomas Fisher | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education
Thomas Fisher

We must invest in our schools, not just for the sake of our school-aged children, but also for the health, wealth, and well being of everyone.

The Republican Plan for Planned Parenthood

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

"Defund Planned Parenthood" has become a rallying cry of the right nationwide, and an ideological purity test, despite the fact that the United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the industrialized world.

D.C. Middle School To Get Wetland And Garden (PHOTOS)

Patch | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Plans for a new wetland and gardens at Hardy Middle School will provide an outdoor classroom for students and could serve to better conn...

School: It's Way More Boring Than When You Were There

Salon | Daniel Denvir | Posted 11.15.2011 | Education

New studies show that the disappearance of art, music and even recess is having a devastating effect on kids Forty-nine million or so American chil...

Is School Renovation Really the Change We Seek?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

As I look at Obama's jobs plan I'm wondering if anyone else has made a simple observation about his idea to renovate America's crumbling public school buildings: Is this really the change we seek?

A Ray of Sunlight in Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

According to local educators, America's public elementary and secondary schools are on the path to a more rigorous curriculum, and in their view this will lead to a better educated citizenry.

Does the Ghost of George Steinbrenner Run the New York City Schools?

Alan Singer | Posted 11.12.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

It seems that Steinbrenner's management style, tossing money at the problems and blaming other people for your failures, is alive and well in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City Department of education.