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Why Chicago Teachers Support the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Why wouldn't teachers stand up to abusive corporations that reap windfall profits while providing poverty-level jobs for students and their families?

Book Review: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

Jonah Edelman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Ripley's characters are fascinating, her writing style is accessible, and her observations are fresh. There's no hint of tired education talking points or polarizing rhetoric. Ripley lets facts and firsthand observations guide her conclusions, not the other way around.

The Pressing Need for Preschool

Jonah Edelman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

I'll assume that you, like 70 percent of Americans, support increasing access to high quality preschool. My goal, then, is to arm you with the facts so you can contact your Congressperson and senators about supporting President Obama's preschool plan today.

Expect More!

Jonah Edelman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Imagine a crowd of 1,000 14-year-olds. Now pick 10 of them. That's how many will get a decent education and a shot at a brighter future. There's a lot that needs to change to improve those unacceptable outcomes. But the first thing? Expectations.

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee Group Opens South Carolina Outfit; Common Core Supporters Strike Back

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Michelle Rhee Sets Up Shop In SC StudentsFirst, the former D.C. chancellor's national lobbying group, is branching out into South Carolina, reports the Post and Courier. The paper notes that SC received a "D" grade on SF's recent policy report card -- not exactly stellar. On the group's SC agenda: turnarounds, teacher evaluations, charter school accountability, and the parent trigger.

Ed Today: John Legend On Education; North Dakota Withdraws No Child Left Behind Waiver Request

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

John Legend, Saving Your Schools? Musician John Legend appeared at USC last night to promote his education reform agenda, according to the Daily Trojan. "If we think demography is destiny, we will allow our school system to confirm that belief," Legend said, echoing basically the entire reform movement. He serves on the board education advocacy group Stand for Children.

Survey: Majority Of Indianapolis Residents Dissatisfied With Schools

Posted 11.01.2012 | Education

More than half of over 7,000 residents in the Indianapolis Public Schools district are dissatisfied with the school system, according to a survey cond...

Ryan Grim

Change.org Changing: Site To Drop Progressive Litmus Test For Campaigns, Say Internal Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

Read Change.org founder Ben Rattray's response to this story here. WASHINGTON -- Change.org, the online social movement company founded on progress...

Paul Blumenthal

Before Chicago Strike, Wealthy Donors Shifted Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- As the Chicago teachers strike edges toward its close, both sides of the education reform debate are trumpeting arguments for or against...

Steve Jobs, Donald Trump Donations Help Emanuel Take On Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Donors to Emanuel's 2011 campaign included Republicans * Teachers union was hostile to his run for mayor * Contributio...

Mayor Emanuel, Don't Change the Rules When You Don't Like the Score

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

It seems that the mayor and the groups that carried his water over changing labor law are now unhappy with a process they once championed. It's time to stop playing games and work towards giving Chicago's students the schools they deserve.

Public Education Is for the Common Good

Asher Huey | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Asher Huey

When astroturf groups undermine schools and workers, they are not acting in the best interests of children, parents, teachers or the community.

Chicago Teacher Stands Up to Stand for Children and Wins

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Chicago Public Schools history teacher Jennifer Johnson was tired of watching her colleagues being bashed by out-of-state special interest groups and opportunistic politicians.

Teacher Job Satisfaction Plummets (Perhaps Teacher-Bashing Isn't Productive)

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

None of us would want to have our job performance judged on an outcome that we don't really control. But that's where teachers now find themselves.

SFC & SB 130: "Innovating" Around Teacher Voice?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

It's a rare thing to meet a public school stakeholder who honestly believes politicians and corporate-funded lobbying groups should have more say over education than educators do. Yet that's exactly what's happening.

Colo. Schools Get A Report Card -- Did Yours Make The Grade?

Posted 12.12.2011 | Denver

A new website premiering today endeavors to make education performance in Colorado public schools more transparent and understandable for parents and ...

Joy Resmovits

Meet America's New Education Lobby

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

Meet the new education lobby. It's ambitious, expansive and, in some cases, modeling itself after sprawling single-issue lobbying organizations lik...

WATCH: John Legend Joins Forces With Education Advocacy Group

Posted 01.15.2012 | Education

Music artist John Legend has joined nonprofit development and training organization Stand for Children to support a movement working toward improved p...

Corrosive High-Stakes Politics Extends to "Nonpartisan" Denver School Board Elections

Michele Swenson | Posted 12.26.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Considering that campaign spending limits apply to every other elected office in the state except local school board elections, it was only a matter of time before extreme corporate cash debased local school board elections.

Snatching Defeat From the Mouth of Victory

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

"Let's take the politics out of education." In my many years observing and writing about American education I've probably heard variants of that phrase hundreds of times. It's naïve, of course.

Will Guzzardi

WATCH: A Frank Talk About School Reform Politicking Draws Ire

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 09.11.2011 | Chicago

Jonah Edelman, the founder of the influential and cash-heavy education advocacy group Stand for Children, has issued an apology after a video surfaced...

New Illinois Law: Education Reform or Mere Distraction?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

From the way Illinois politicians have been preening the past couple of days, you'd think they had cured cancer. Nope, it's what they and the media have been relentlessly calling a "historic" new education reform law.

Twilight for Education Policy's Idols

Conor Williams | Posted 07.27.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

It's hard to notice when we've let our admiration for our favorite education prophets push us to intellectual dishonesty, but hard things are usually the things most worth doing.

The Campaign to Discredit Michelle Rhee

Richard Whitmire | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

With last week's greatly downgraded assessment of "cheating" in Washington, D.C. schools, we need a referee to call a strike count on the campaign to smear former chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Illinois Is Proving Any State Can Change Its Schools

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 07.22.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

A dozen or so leading citizens, backed by local and national philanthropy, put Illinois on this path to becoming a national leader in education reform.