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Joy Resmovits

Teacher Preparation Programs Don't Make The Grade -- U.S. News Rankings

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Kate Walsh wants to bust up the teacher preparation market. That's why on Tuesday her group, the National Center for Teaching Quality, is releasing...

News Genius and Our Schools: A New Model of Open Government

News Genius | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
News Genius

The Springboro Board of Education angered local residents after posting contract proposals in the midst of negotiations with the teacher's union, but another recent event has overshadowed the efforts of the president and other members of the board to privatize Springboro schools.

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

Many Florida Teachers May Soon Get A Bigger Paycheck

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.02.2013 | Miami

The Florida legislature reached a revised budget deal Wednesday that would offer pay hikes for qualifying teachers and school employees as early as Se...

Secretary Of Education Admits Standardized Test Have Big Flaws

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conceded Tuesday that there are serious flaws in standardized testing, telling attendees at a meeting of the Americ...

New First Amendment Suit Poses Existential Threat to Government Unions

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It's not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments' resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. No, the new existential threat facing government unions comes from... the First Amendment.

Time For Teacher Unions To Hop Off The Common Core Train?

blogs.edweek.org | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

The two largest teacher unions in the US have positioned themselves as active supporters of the Common Core (wanted to be national) Standards. A visit...

A Message to Americans: Let's Increase Teacher Value

Fahad Hassan | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Fahad Hassan

Let me be loud and clear: every teacher in this country should be paid a six-figure salary. We have the money to make this happen and I believe most teachers deserve it.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Budget Flatlines Education Funds For Poor Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

While President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal asks for an overall spending increase to education, most of that will go to new programs and compe...

Parents, Teachers and Unions: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Susan Naimark | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

While the CTU didn't get everything they were after, their organizing raised awareness about the larger trends towards privatization and increasing isolation of the lowest income children in inferior, under-resourced schools.

Joy Resmovits

Teachers' Union Leader Handcuffed For Protest

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking a school reform hearing i...

Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows

Harriet Sanford | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Harriet Sanford

Getting communities more involved with their public schools can lead to strange bedfellows, like the group of motorcyclists that descended upon Littleton Elementary School in Lee County, Fla., this past holiday season.

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing; John Deasy Seeks Waiver: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing? As YNet reports, Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious schools, which receive public money, will have to take standardized tests -- as ordered by the Supreme Court. A judge said that such schools "should start taking things seriously, or face the consequences." Why, you ask, do I bring you news from across the planet? It's an interesting parallel to an ongoing debate on our own soil. In the U.S., there has been much talk over whether private schools that receive public-school vouchers or tax credits should be held to the same standards as their public school peers. Obviously the structure is different, and in Israel there's no public-private distinction between the schools. But it's still fascinating to watch.

In Los Angeles, An Expensive School-Reform Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Joy Resmovits

The nation's second-largest school district is at the center of a broader battle over the future over education reform. Since 2010, Superintendent John Deasy has run the district, implementing policies consistent with the national "education reform" movement, which pushes things such as test-based teacher evaluations and charter schools. But if the composition of the school board changes significantly, Deasy could be fired.

Ed Today: 'House Of Cards' Goes Where No Congress Has Gone In Recent Years; SOTU And Early Education

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Netflix Reauthorizes No Child Left Behind? Or so quips this EdWeek headline. Real-life Congress hasn't yet reauthorized NCLB (since 2007!), but characters on the Netflix series "House of Cards" do. "[Writer Beau] Willimon noted on Twitter that he hinged the plot on education because it affects us all directly and indirectly, and because of the contention that often revolves around education reform," EdWeek writes. Read the full story for a taste of which education fights the show covers. My take: Obviously TV isn't reality, but there are a few major inaccuracies. The most glaring one in my eyes is that teachers unions can't legally hold a national strike over some federal legislation they dislike!

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Likely To Focus On Littlest Learners

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama made K-12 education a major component of his 2012 State of the Union Address -- so much so that the topic garnered the most tra...

Ed Today: Bill Gates's Education Philanthropy Over Time; New York City Parents Sue Over School Funding

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Gates's Gigantic Growth? Michigan State University Professor Sarah Reckhow takes a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's funding patterns over on Alexander Russo's blog. "The decade from 2000 to 2010 was a time of enormous growth and evolution for the Gates Foundation," Reckhow writes. "Warren Buffett's pledge of more than $30 billion substantially increased the Gates Foundation's resources, and grant-making more than doubled from 2005 to 2009. Even more marked are the Foundation's dramatically shifted priorities." Over the years, Gates has shifted its money from directly funding schools to instead subsidizing research, advocacy and activism.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Puts Michelle Rhee On Defense

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Last night, former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by The Daily Show to promote her memoir, "Radical." Host Jon Stewart's mother is a teacher, so he pressed Rhee on many of these policies, especially his (and teachers') dissatisfaction with the heavy emphasis on standardized tests.

Democratic Convention Reveals Now An Eyebrow-Raising Donor

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

The host committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., reported receiving a $25,000 contribution from a conservative educa...

Who Gets Union Money?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Mike Antonucci went through the National Education Association's financial disclosure report so you don't have to. The NEA is the nation's largest tea...

Expanding the Realm of the Possible in 2012

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

So vast and fiery are the problems that it may seem impossible to imagine that solutions exist or that change may be imminent. And yet, 2012 brought advances and victories that shifted the debate, transformed power, and won real gains in quality of life.

Should Schools Have Armed Guards? One Union's Recommendations

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, visited the White House Wednesday to contribute to the administration's discussions on gun control policy and school safety in light of the horrific Newtown elementary school shooting in December. The AFT has shared Weingarten's recommendations with HuffPost. They include things like gun safety legislation and mental health services for students, and letting schools make their own decisions when it comes to the question of cops in their buildings.

Joy Resmovits

Gates Foundation: Classroom Observation Of Teachers Is Extremely Unreliable

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher's effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,0...

Joy Resmovits

Louisiana Tops Rhee Education Report Card

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- Louisiana is ranked number one on an education score card. The Bayou State's surprising achievement comes thanks to Michelle Rhee's Studen...

Joy Resmovits

Democrats Depart Former D.C. Chancellor Rhee's Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

Michelle Rhee, the fiery former Washington, D.C.,school chancellor, has danced a tricky tango since starting her national advocacy and lobbying group,...