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The Education Program That Has Exceeded Michelle Obama's 'Wildest Hopes And Dreams'

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering a forceful argument on the role of the arts in education, Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be int...

'Insider Trading' Used To Turn Around Failing Students, Schools

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Broadmoor Middle School in Baton Rouge, La., had a 50 percent suspension rate three years ago, and one in four students there couldn't keep up on core...

District Rejects High School's Democratic Vote To Overturn Dress Code

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's superintendent of schools put his foot down on experimentation in New Haven "...

District Balks At High School's Democratic Vote To Overturn Dress Code

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students and teachers at a "turnaround" school got a double lesson in democracy: They vot...

Students Debate Free Speech: Does The U.S. Constitution Protect Bad Hair Days?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A week before voters go to the polls, the two opposing campaigns squared off on a questio...

Turnaround School Gives Struggling, 'Misfit' Students A Second Chance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Alex Nembhard squeezed the vise grips to break free a rusted bolt on a kid's bicycle, as ...

School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. They set out to invent a new kind of school. They created a national model—then failed ...

School Run By Teachers, Union, Ditches Factory 'Assembly Line' Learning

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Sixty-five freshmen are about to embark on a new journey to reimagine a high school educa...

Teachers Will Run Community's 6th Turnaround School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's turning one of its low-performing schools over to its teachers and the teache...

Secretary Duncan Owes an Apology to Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.

Duncan Seeks Advice: How To Have More Teachers 'Clamouring' For Low-Performing Schools?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. As Obama's top school official came to a city turnaround school Tuesday, he popped a ques...

New Turnaround Teacher 'Trying To Get It Right' In Tough School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. "Is Ganesh an elephant or a man?" Jason Schneider asked his 7th graders. As they delve...

Huge Initiative Targets Some Of Nation's Lowest-Performing Schools

AP | By LAWRENCE MESSINA | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A coalition that includes a Fortune 500 company, labor unions and nonprofit foundations outlined plans Thursday to spend the next...

Meaningful Education Reform Needs Parents

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Without support and buy-in from the school community, i.e. teachers, parents, and students, these turnaround initiatives are nothing more than a well-intentioned rearrangement of furniture.

Cooperation, Collaboration, and Consensus-Building Are Not Overated

John Thompson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
John Thompson

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and AFT President Randi Weingarten are not the only union leaders who are bending over backwards to help reform education.

Strengthening Our Schools: A Legislative Framework to Remove Poverty-Related Barriers to Learning

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Laracy

We all know that a quality education is our best tool in the fight against poverty. But it's up to all of us to ensure that tool is as effective it can be.

Race to the Top: Nine States and the District of Columbia Join TN and DE as Winners for Education Funding

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Sawyers

In mid-August, Congress signed off on a bill that will steer $10 billion into schools across the nation, a measure aimed at preventing teacher layoffs. And now there's more, this time to support state education reforms.