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Fight for NYC Schools Is Just Beginning

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

New York City schools do not need a world-class manager. They need a fighter who will stand up to Bloomberg, Steiner, and Cuomo and demand funding for our schools rather than administer budget cuts.

Open Letter to Cathie Black

Brian Gresko | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brian Gresko

Ms. Black, don't think that you're blazing any trails here. In 2002, to much less fanfare, I also left Hearst Corporation for a job at the New York City Department of Education -- as a teacher.

Education Reform: My Complex Relationship with Simplicity

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Education status quo defenders routinely call school choice "simplistic," and they mean it in the bad way.

Inside Job or 'Superman': Which One Better Explains the School Crisis?

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

Over the past couple months, I've been asked to participate in a few panel discussions about Waiting for "Superman".

When Youth Own the Public Education Agenda

Mimi Ito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mimi Ito

Imagine what it would mean to think of public education as a mission shouldered not only by schools, but also by a wide range of public institutions committed to knowledge and learning?

Oprah, Bing Team Up To Raise $1M For School Projects

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Oprah Winfrey may have aired the second half of her final Ultimate Favorite Things episode on Monday where she famously features (and gives) her favor...

Killing Me Softly: The Slow Steady Demise of New York's Great High Schools

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

The beginning of the end came, in New York, as in most other urban school systems, as a result of the unintended consequences of busing to achieve integration.

Blogging for Real Education Reform Day: Testing is Destroying Our Schools

William Ferriter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
William Ferriter

If we're really serious about fairly holding teachers accountable for performance, standardized tests are an incredibly small piece of the puzzle.

TSA and the School of the Cowering

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Can we say we are the Home of the Brave anymore when we teach our kids to cower in a classroom as part of a drill? Seriously, that is what the schools are teaching our kids. To sit down, hide, and be afraid.

Unemployment, Student Debt Poses Huge Risks For Young People, Economic Future

Baseline Scenario | Mark Paul and Anastasia Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even after a slight boost in jobs growth, unemployment for 18-24 year olds stands at 24.7%. For 20-24 year olds, it hovers at 15.2%. These conservativ...

The Triumph of Academic Apartheid

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

"Academic apartheid" has become the legacy of education reform, and the small school movement. Our schools are more segregated than ever.

Top Chef: Education Reform

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

It was the Top Chef of education reform. Last weekend, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the Indianapolis-based non-profit, T...

Waiting for SuperMom (or Dad)!

Derek Getschow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Derek Getschow

If we want to transform the way education is handled in America, then we need to stop pointing the finger of blame at the very people that work everyday to educate.

Speak, Memory: School Lunch, an Embarrassment of Richness

Karen Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Karen Kelly

After taking note of the fact that there are no overweight children in my son's class, including those who receive government, aid I realized that serving a very limited selection of simple food isn't such a bad idea after all.

Interviewing the New NYC Schools Chancellor (Animated Video)

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dan Brown

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set off shockwaves when he picked media executive Cathie Black to be the next chancellor of New York City's public schools. As...

Court Upholds NH Law Allowing 'God' Reference In Schools Pledge Of Allegiance

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

BOSTON — A federal appeals court has upheld a New Hampshire law requiring schools to authorize a time each day for students to voluntarily recit...

Kids Are Not French Fries

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elissa Stein

Our kids aren't McDonald's french fries, Gap jeans, or Vogue subscriptions. They are not clones that can be uniformly subjected to rigid standards nor should, or can they be judged by the same test.

Teachers Take Charge To Save Ailing Public Schools

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

LOS ANGELES — Four years ago, Francis Parkman Middle School was spiraling downward with plummeting enrollment, abysmal test scores and notoriety...

Creating Chemistry

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

When my group of park friends set about fixing Nettelhorst, our neighborhood's underutilized and underperforming local school, the infrastructure team had a clear mandate: conjure up some chemistry on a budget of nothing. And fast.

Aspen Institute and the McNulty Foundation: What's in a Prize?

John Danner | Posted 06.14.2013 | Impact
John Danner

I had the privilege of accepting the prestigious McNulty Prize, awarded by the Aspen Institute and the McNulty Foundation. This prize means big things to Rocketship Education, and I'm proud and excited by the opportunities it confers.

State Ed Should Investigate NYC Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Not only is Klein jumping ship, but he is going to work for the enemy. His new job will be as an executive vice president for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

NYC Schools: Democratic Public Education, or Corporate Widget-Maker?

Brad Lander | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Lander

Mike Bloomberg's nomination of Cathie Black as schools chancellor is not only a bad personnel move. It is a symbol of a critical choice we are facing.

Charters and the New Version of Two-Tier Education

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Charter operators and their lobbying groups have dis-empowered teachers and turned charters into a self-interested, anti-public school, anti-union entrepreneurial venture.

Glee's Gay Suicide PSA: It Got Worse

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Leah Anthony Libresco

Popular TV show Glee has had a tendency to go off the rails when it tackles serious issues. The show's irreverent, ironic tone had led them to strike...

What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Good schools aren't forced to treat children as standardized objects. They don't expect all teachers to practice in exactly the same way. Human beings are not widgets, and this will never be a successful process.