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The Public View of Public Schools: Are the Nation's Policymakers Listening?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

This year's PDK/Gallup poll elicited Americans' opinions on a wide array of education topics, including Common Core State Standards, student standardized testing, international comparisons, school choice, and school governance issues.

Michigan Charter Schools Is Why Local Control Matters

Paul Ruth | Posted 09.06.2014 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

Democracy can be a tool to recognize the shortcomings of a nation, but it takes effort to turn it into a vehicle for equality.

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

School Official Resigns After Describing Parent As 'Chubby Wubby'

AP | Posted 05.14.2014 | Weird News

MAHOPAC, N.Y. (AP) — A New York school board president who described a PTA parent as "chubby wubby" during a public meeting has resigned. The Journ...

Pennsylvania School Proposes Policy to Force Use of Slur

Adam Goldstein | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Adam Goldstein

Once government property is set aside for an educational purpose, students have a protectable free expression right within the scope of that purpose. Students no more have a right to take control of the newspaper away from the editors than they do the right to take control of the footballs away from the football team.

"Nobody Asked Us!" School Closings, Public Decision-Making, and, Yes, There Is a Better Way

Susan Naimark | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

Last week, thousands of teachers, parents, students and community leaders showed up in Chicago's downtown loop to protest the closing of 54 schools. Chicago is not alone: from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, public schools are being shuttered in low-income, urban communities of color.

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

Teen Socialist's Big Win

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey. Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a ...

John Celock

Richard Boylan, Star Kids Project President, Declines California School Board Seat After Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

A man who has argued that aliens are interacting with human's reproductive systems in order to produce advanced children has declined to take a seat h...

Why Elect Students to the Board of Education

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Faheem Younus

There are many similarities between the candidates vying for the District 5 seat on the Prince George's County (Maryland) Board of Education: they are both women, both long-term residents of the county and both highly qualified. Yet there is a key difference: Age.

PAC Money Floods California School Board Races, Targets Incumbent

San Jose Mercury News | Sharon Noguchi | Posted 01.01.2013 | Education

With an unprecedented surge of cash from charter schools and their high-tech backers, normally low-profile school board campaigns have morphed into bi...

Getting Along to Get Ahead

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

What, really, do our children learn in school? While standardized tests and teacher accountability are the buzzwords of the day, our schools may be missing one of the most important lessons our children must master in order to reach their highest potential.

The End of Geography (and School Boards?) in Education Governance

Peter Meyer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Peter Meyer

We have nearly 14,000 school boards in this country and they control billions of dollars worth of taxpayer money.

Opt Out Chronicles: School Boards Opting Out?

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

What does it mean to opt out? The simple answer, in the context of the public school reform movement, is when a parent pulls their child from state mandated high-stakes testing.

Contentious School Board Battle Fought Amid Big Money

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education

RALEIGH, N.C. — Intense national political forces were focused on a local school board runoff this week in North Carolina's capital as voters re...

Education "Reformers" Next Target? "One-Size-Fits-All" Democracy

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Now that they've had some success destroying public education, the school reform privateers are setting their sights on something even more precious and fundamental to our nation -- our democracy.

Joy Resmovits

Kansas City Schools Chief's Departure Involves A Swirl Of Ethical Allegations, Profanity [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education

The abrupt departure of John Covington from his post as superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri's schools reveals how interpersonal disputes between s...

Joy Resmovits

Phasing Out State Control of Post-Katrina Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2011 | Education

With 75% of New Orleans students slated to attend charter schools next year, some stakeholders say a management split between the far-away state capit...

Required Reading: Six Education Titles Not to be Missed

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

February is a great month for books about education, with very readable releases from John Seely Brown, Richard Whitmire, Ron Dietel, Alexander Russo, and Gene Maeroff.

Teachers Taking Charge Of School Administration

The New York Times | WINNIE HU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Newark teachers are part of a growing experiment around the country to allow teachers to step up from the classroom and lead efforts to turn aroun...

School Boards Don't Work

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Our schools across the United States have a number of problems and frankly, there is no silver bullet.

How Are You Keeping Fear Alive? 3 Steps You Can Take to Build Self-Confidence

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

How about you? How do you and I defeat ourselves when we've only just begun? What is it that really makes us hesitate, beneath our cover story? And why do we hesitate to tell the truth about our fear?

Creationism in Connecticut? Pushing Pseudoscience in the Name of Religion

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Chester Harris claims that proponents of evolution "haven't proven anything. It's all still theory and faith." Wrong! Wrong! And Wrong! It is amazing that Harris can make three significant errors in a mere nine words.

D-Day for Public Schools in New York State

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

On Tuesday, most public school districts in New York will hold school board elections and school budget votes.

Christian Creationism And Intelligent Design Gain Foothold In Turkey

Washington Post | Marc Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With direct and indirect help from American foes of evolution, similarly-minded Turks have aggressively made the case that Charles Darwin's theory is ...