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The Emergency Manager Who Used to Oversee Flint, Michigan, Just Resigned From Detroit's Struggling Public Schools. Heckuva Job!

Darnell Earley resigned Tuesday as the emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, effective February 29. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder brought Earley in a year ago to restructure Detroit’s long-embattled school system, which has debts estimated to be in the $3.5 billion range. Show More Summary

Standardized Tests Aren’t Going Anywhere. How Can We Make Them Better?

Testing season is on the horizon, and some parents are getting nervous. Last week, a friend with a fifth-grader texted me about her concerns: “Owen is already coming home freaking out about all the tests. Would you hate me if I kept him home all that week?” Huh—why would I care? Her kid, her decision. Show More Summary

Bible-Loving Texas Cheerleaders Score a Big Victory in Court

Anyone who’s been to a high-school football game and/or watched Friday Night Lights is familiar with those hand-painted cheerleader banners that the players run through before the start of the game, emblazoned with slogans like “Go Team!”...Show More Summary

Could Tennessee Be the Next State to Embrace School Vouchers?

School vouchers—or taxpayer-funded subsidies that can be used toward students’ tuition at private or parochial schools—have long been an incendiary topic in education circles. Unlike many education-reform proposals, which as I wroteShow More Summary

Trump Releases Video Airing His Completely Vague Views on Education and Common Core

Not a lot of candidates have weighed in on K-12 education this cycle, with a few exceptions: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released a detailed policy plan on MLK Day, and now GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has released a completely undetailed...Show More Summary

Another Year, Another Anti-Evolution Bill in Oklahoma

Oklahoma! Where there’s “plenty of air and plenty of room”—and plenty of determination, even in 2016, to get evolution out of the classroom. Just witness the tireless efforts of State Sen. Josh Brecheen, who every year since being elected...Show More Summary

There’s Nothing Like a Blizzard to Make You Appreciate School

I love school. I loved school as a kid, and now, as a parent, I really, really, really love school. Maybe I don’t say it often enough, but to all those teachers out there: thank you. Thank you not only for teaching my children aboutShow More Summary

The Company Behind a  Big Common Core–Aligned Test Is in Trouble. Here’s Why.    

The motto of British publishing giant Pearson Education is “Always Learning,” and indeed, for the last nearly three-quarters of a century the company has been involved in just about every aspect of learning imaginable, from books (Penguin,...Show More Summary

In This Impoverished Mississippi Community, Teacher Assistant Is a Coveted Job. It Pays $9 an Hour.

GREENVILLE, Mississippi—Every weekday morning, Jasmine Riley, a single parent, drops her three children off at day care and school by 7:30 a.m. so she can start a long day as a teaching assistant at Greenville’s McBride Pre-K Academy. Show More Summary

Why Don’t the Presidential Candidates Want to Talk About Education?

If you’re, say, a K–12 education blogger who eagerly tunes in to presidential debate after debate in the hopes of encountering some juicy electoral fodder, you might have noticed something: None of the candidates are talking about education. Show More Summary

Chris Christie Claims He Got Rid of Common Core in New Jersey. That's Baloney.

In Thursday night’s Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio made a pointed attack against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, accusing one of his main rivals for a top spot in the New Hampshire primary of being pro-Common Core. Christie, though,...Show More Summary

Obama’s Education Legacy Is More of a Mixed Bag Than He'd Like To Admit

In his final State of the Union, President Barack Obama addressed an audience that included Acting Secretary of Education John King, the former New York education commissioner who took over from Arne Duncan at the start of this year....Show More Summary

Donald Trump Embraces the Proud GOP Tradition of Bashing the Department of Education

On Monday, Republican front-runner Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that, if elected president, he would cut funds to the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency: Education policy … should be returned...Show More Summary

Is Detroit the Most Troubled School District in the U.S.?

While the fate of teachers unions hangs in the balance in the Supreme Court—which on Monday is hearing arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, about the legality of forced union dues—some frustrated teachers in Detroit...Show More Summary

Newtown Officials Explain Why the Town’s Kids Are Still Experiencing Trauma

School leaders in Newtown, Connecticut, spoke Wednesday to Connecticut’s state board of education about the ongoing trauma of the Dec. 12, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “I think the perception is that Newtown has rebuilt,...Show More Summary

Shocking Video Shows California Teacher’s Aide Striking Special-Education Student in the Face

A teacher’s aide in Antioch, California, in the East Bay, was arrested Wednesday for felony child abuse after a cell-phone video of the woman striking a 9-year-old special-education student in the face made the rounds on social media. Show More Summary

Chicago Is Massively Expanding Access to Coding Classes in Public Schools. That’s a Good Thing, Right?

The Chicago Public Schools system did not have a banner 2015. There was the hunger strike to save yet another neighborhood school from closing, and the downgrading of the system’s credit rating to junk status, and of course the high-profile...Show More Summary

This Superwoman Superintendant Is Revolutionizing School in Impoverished Town Next to Ferguson

It makes sense that Jonathan Kozol would choose to open Savage Inequalities, his 1991 now-classic rabble-rousing tale of inequities in the American school district, in the town of East St. Louis, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River but a world apart from St. Show More Summary

If Academics-Focused Preschool Is “Crushing Our Kids,” What’s the Alternative?

The education world exploded this weekend with the Atlantic’s publication of Erika Christakis’ “The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids,” adapted from the early-childhood expert’s soon-to-be published book The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups. Show More Summary

These Charter Schools Tried to Turn Public Education Into Big Business. They Failed.

More and more these days, Americans think about schools using the language of business. Superintendents are “CEOs.” Districts manage “portfolios” of schools. And pundits talk obsessively about American schools’ “competitiveness.” But we don’t always like them to act like businesses, particularly when it comes to having an overt profit motive. Show More Summary

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