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Lucia Graves

Struggling States Eye Federal School Funds For Use Outside Classroom | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Crippled by budget deficits, states officials have been eying money in the $26 billion federal jobs bill that's intended for schools. State leaders in...

A Letter to Rookie Teachers

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

As the new school year is about to begin, I believe it is vital that new teachers be educated as to the kind of parents whose spawn they will be meeting and working with come September.

The Science of School Renewal

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sam Chaltain

Instead of focusing solely on standardized tests in our educational system, we should sharpen our assessment tools to become more finely attuned to the relativistic learning needs of children.

Scapegoating Teachers Will Not Help Young Black Males Succeed

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Only when parents, administrators, teachers, and the community come together to find solutions can we truly address all the factors in making a child a success.

Only 47 Percent Of Black Male Students Graduate High School Nationwide, Study Shows

GOOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A 50-state report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education has come to a dispiriting conclusion: public education is failing black male student...

Bloomberg and Klein Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

When New York State reconfigured scoring guidelines to make standardized tests better predictors of student academic performance, passing rates plummeted, especially for Black and Latino students.

School Lunch: One Meal, One Dollar, Part 1

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

By guest blogger Ed Bruske from The Slow Cook. What kind of lunch could you make for $1? That's approximately the amount schools have to spend on in...

Changing the Status Quo in Our Schools

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The current state of American education is "morally inexcusable" and "economically indefensible"-- the time is now for our nation to stop talking about doing things differently, and actually do it.

Grand Junction Petitions On Teaching Of Global Warming Dismissed By Local Board Of Education

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Emily Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

School District 51 Board of Education members adopted a resolution Tuesday night dismissing two petitions given to the board at a May 25 meeting. T...

Is the Religious Right After Another Gay Obama Appointee?

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

I'm not aware of who David Hansell is but apparently some folks aren't exactly in his corner: Conservative groups are expressing concern that Davi...

Getting rid of D's is great, if...

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Eric Tipler

When I began teaching high school in Washington, DC, I was shocked by how many of my bright, talented students were satisfied with C's, D's, even the ...

Howard Zinn's Unwholesome Influence

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

The really damning element of the Zinn saga isn't that he wrote books, but that these became textbooks, which were warmly and uncritically received by the public school establishment.

Obstructionism's Latest Victim? School Lunch!

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Congress is playing politics with our children's health. The Child Nutrition Act -- which funds all school meals -- is caught in legislative limbo.

Why Did Nicole Suriel Die?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

The death of Nicole Suriel was a tragedy and an accident. But it was made more likely because the school system does not respect the importance of administrators who are educational leaders rather than middle managers.

The Heart of Teaching and Learning: The Kids Want Kale

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Quarfordt

The children at Bronx Prep are clamoring for vegetables. Not fries soaked in hot sauce from the Chinese take-out across the street.

One small success for schoolkids via

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, the deal with is that any of us can help out kids and teachers via small donations. That's a really big deal for a lot of low-...

Crime and Children's Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Brauchli

All across the nation, schools have adopted draconian 'zero-tolerance policies that treat children like criminals and turn schools into prison-like environments.

New Orleans Students Challenge Schools on Use of Oil

Lisa Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Members of a student-based school reform group have a recommendation for New Orleans schools: Move toward becoming oil-free by 2015, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Public Goods and the Public Goods

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Students of economic history know that public goods create ties that bind citizens to each other and to the broader society. This is even more essential than the goods and services produced.

Schools Trying To Expel Junk Food

AP | MICHELLE LOCKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

SAN FRANCISCO — It's not hard to figure out that stocking school vending machines with sugary sodas and salty, fatty snacks is a bad idea. Repla...

Starting School 30 Minutes Later Leads To Better School Performance

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CHICAGO — Giving teens 30 extra minutes to start their school day leads to more alertness in class, better moods, less tardiness, and even healt...

223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools

Anthony Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Adams

The iron age practice of "corporal punishment" is still legal in 20 states and there are no federal laws prohibiting it.


Catherine Meek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Catherine Meek

Angela Sanchez, who is finishing her freshman year at UCLA, knows all about education and even more about homelessness.

Lessons in Education from Sweden

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

If Britain were a bit more like Sweden, said a Tory minister last week, "I, for one, would not object". Well, nor would I. Sweden has one of the smallest gaps between rich and poor in the world.

Mushrooms Keep Sprouting

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

As the economy continues in a tailspin and state and municipal budget cuts loom, small groups are mushrooming, organizing, and fighting back.