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School Vouchers Under The Microscope: Do They Really Improve Student Achievement?

Posted 06.01.2011 | Education

The Milwaukee School Choice Program, which was not only the first but also the largest school voucher program in the country, has fallen under fire af...

Rallying 1 Million Volunteers To Help American Schools

Posted 06.01.2011 | Education

American schools need help. Unfortunately, that's no April Fools' joke. On April 1, United Way launched a campaign to rally 1 million volunteers to g...

House Votes To Reinstate D.C. School Vouchers

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to reinstate school vouchers for District of Columbia students, reviving the only...

Take Action for Safer Schools

Ari Solomon | Posted 05.30.2011 | Education
Ari Solomon

On March 8, Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), S. 506.

Educational Technology Breakthrough: Let Kids Teach Each Other

Larry MacDonald | Posted 05.29.2011 | Education
Larry MacDonald

In this budget cutting environment, a vast, valuable resource has been overlooked in the quest to reduce the cost of education: the kids.

Education Reform -- Getting Personal

Katherine Ellison | Posted 05.29.2011 | Education
Katherine Ellison

School of One's philosophy -- now running in a limited form at three Manhattan middle schools -- is to customize learning for each student, so that no one is held back, nor pushed forward.

Social Media In The Classroom: Friend or Foe?

Posted 05.27.2011 | Education

In this digital world, opportunities for education are available like never before. Though teachers using online tools are empowering students take pa...

Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul and Those Evil Public Schoolteachers

Randy Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

If we were as powerful as these Tea Party dandies would have you believe, we would probably not be used as a convenient whipping boy for politicians who could have used some time in our classrooms

Why I Proudly Belong To A Teachers Union

Christal Watts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Christal Watts

Never did I think that the career I chose a little over a decade ago would be facing such horrendous attacks from the right and the left.

Really -- Are We Really Solving the Budget Crisis by Cutting Yet More From Public Schools?

Donna Fish | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Donna Fish

Yes, Mr. Bloomberg, we need to keep standards and raise the level for as many kids as possible. This is not going to be achieved by cutting teachers.

Teaching to the Test

Randy Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Spring parent-teacher conferences were held this morning at the school where I teach and my belief, that in my dozen years as a teacher I had heard everything, was shattered to the core

Baltimore -- Leading Education Reform

David Donaldson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Donaldson

Baltimore has a lot to offer in teaching valuable lessons to Harvard professors and students alike.

Retention Revisited: Can Staying Back Move Students Forward?

Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In a new study, Early Grade Retention and Student Success: Evidence from Los Angeles, released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), re...

Get Your Heads out of the Clouds, Education Leaders

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Our current discussion about public education offers two competing realities: those of the visionaries and their so-called reform ideas and the people who actually have to teach children each day.

Corporal Punishment In Public Schools -- There's An App For That

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 08.08.2012 | Education
Joanne Bamberger

If public school teachers in so many states are permitted to exist in a "do as I say, not as I do" world, what hope do we have of convincing our kids that violence or meanness won't be tolerated?

Arizona's Shock Doctrine? Children Call Out Legislators on Immigration Bills Defeat

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

On the heels of an unforgiving year of outrageous state rebellion, children in Arizona have had to create their own book of humanity, if only to defend their state's diverse heritage and basic human rights.

Legislation of Biblical Proportions: Can We Really Have an 'Academic' Study of the Bible in Public Schools?

Lee Jefferson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lee Jefferson

The representatives in both states are not as interested in developing critical thinkers as fomenting unquestioning believers sacrificed on the altar of creating good "character."

Teaching in a Hard-to-Staff District

Christal Watts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Christal Watts

If we had a difficult time finding teachers when we had money and no strings attached, what makes anyone think that people will be rushing to teach in my district? The answer is they won't.

The Art of Public Service

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liz Neumark

In a moment in time where public employees are the focal point of populist ire, a day devoted to recognizing the accomplishments of public servants is at the very least, refreshing.

Giving Back: How You and The Education Community Can Help Struggling Families

Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

DonorsChoose is an organization creating options for families in need, and is paving the way toward a brighter future, one classroom project at a time.

The Failure of American Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

For a long time, I tried to fight it. Sadly, I've had my blinders removed. Public schoolteachers have failed miserably.

Bestselling Author Speaks Out About America's 'Comply or Defy' School System

Shawna Vercher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shawna Vercher

Though the New York Times bestseller is catalogued in the Business genre, the Motivational 3.0 theories he outlines in Drive could play a key role in reforming education.

Teacher Under Fire After X-Rated Past Is Revealed... Again

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

KFVS reports that science teacher Tera Myers has resigned from Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Mo. after students discovered her past career i...

Homework Without Homes: Fla. Schools Adapt To Needs Of Students

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As more Americans fall from the middle class into poverty, the rate of homeless families is on the rise, going up nearly 9 percent in 2010. For the ch...

Sisters Act: Siblings Create Petition Against School Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In Ohio, two sibling elementary school students created a "kids-only" petition against budget cuts at Toledo public schools. They have collected over ...