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Final No Child Left Behind rewrite is public at last — all 1,059 pages — just days before Congress may vote

(Update: The House was expected to vote on the bill on Thursday, but that is not clear now. Will update when a vote is scheduled.) The final rewrite of the federal No Child Left Behind education law is now available to the public online — just a few days before the House may vote on it, […]

Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education

Jamaal Bowman is the principal of the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle school in the Bronx.  The school’s website says that the mission of the school is to graduate “self-aware, hard-working and socially responsible 21stShow More Summary

Teacher: A student told me I ‘couldn’t understand because I was a white lady.’ Here’s what I did then.

Emily E. Smith is a fifth-grade social justice and English Language Arts teacher at Cunningham Elementary School in Austin. She was just awarded the 2015 Donald H. Graves Excellence in the Teaching of Writing award given at the National Teachers of English Language Arts Convention in Minneapolis.  Smith created and founded The Hive Society, a […]

Why today’s college students don’t want to be teachers

Teacher shortages around the country have been big news in the education world this year, as has Teach For America’s recruitment issues and stories about fewer applicants to some college of education. What’s going on? In this post, Stephen Mulcher, who directs the Bard College Master of Arts Teaching Program in Los Angeles, looks at […]

Sick of hearing about pampered students with coddled minds? This university president is.

It’s become common now to hear that today’s students are pampered and lazy and too sensitive. Michael Roth, president Wesleyan University, couldn’t disagree more, and in this post, he takes issue with this line of thinking.   By Michael Roth Are you sick of reading about pampered college students and their safe spaces, trigger warnings, […]

Is an upcoming Supreme Court case a strike for individual rights or a deceptive attack on teachers unions?

Sometime in the next few months, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a lawsuit with major implications for the future of organized labor. Those pushing the lawsuit say it is about individual rights. Show More Summary

Congress blasts U.S. Education Department for vulnerabilities in data bases

The U.S. Education Department came under withering criticism — from Republicans and Democrats — at a House oversight hearing about just how vulnerable its information systems are to security threats. Lawmakers at the hearing, held on Tuesday by the full House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, took Danny Harris, the chief information officer of the […]

Report: Time spent on standardized testing in schools is underestimated

A new report finds that the amount of time estimated that students spend on standardized testing in New York State is underestimated. The report (see below) was done by Robin Jacobowitz and Kt Tobin of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz. Jacobowitz is the director of education projects at The […]

12 lessons college applicants can learn from the presidential race

Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling at the private Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H. In this post, he explains how applying to college is similar to the U.S. presidential primary process — or, how college applicants can learn some lessons from what he calls “the political circus” now underway. By Brennan Barnard Those […]

To Mark Zuckerberg from a former classmate: Why I’m ‘alarmed’ by your new school reform effort

Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine, who happened to be a classmate of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when they both attended Phillips Exeter Academy as teenagers.  In the education world, Zuckerberg is known for his $100 million gift to Newark Schools, money that was largely wasted, as told in a recent […]

Should all students be proficient in algebra to graduate?

Of all the math courses that kids take in their careers, there seems to be more angst over algebra than any other. Why do kids have to take it — and, in many places, pass it to graduate? Is it really a gatekeeper course, the path that must be taken for all higher math? Do […]

Mom to governor: ‘Please buy my child a teacher’

Wendy Birket is the mother of three children attending Orange County Public Schools in Florida, which is one of the top dozen largest school districts in the country. In this post, she writes an open letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott reflecting her deep concern about the priorities of policymakers. Birket wrote this amid continuing […]

Naming of Margaret Spellings as UNC system president called ‘a disturbing new low’

In recent years the University of North Carolina system — long considered one of the best in the country — has sustained massive budget cuts by the state legislature as well as efforts to force some academics to change their priorities. Now there is a new challenge: the appointment of Margaret Spellings, education secretary under […]

School board chief: How to fix the mess we’ve made in Florida’s public schools

In September Florida’s school superintendents issued a public attack on the state’s accountability system that uses standardized test scores to measure students, teachers and schools, saying that they “have lost confidence” in the system’s accuracy and called for a  suspension and a review of the system. Since then there have been solutions proposed that call […]

Why death should be discussed in school — and how teachers should handle it

How do you explain to hundreds of grade school children that a beloved kindergarten teacher with breast cancer is dying?  That’s the start of the following post, which takes up the rarely discussed subject of why it is important that teachers be equipped to discuss death with students who are confronted with the loss of […]

How classrooms look around the world — in 15 amazing photographs

To mark last month’s World Teachers’ Day (sponsored by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), photographers from Reuters took pictures around the world of educators with their students in a telling exhibit of the very different circumstances under which children attend school. Show More Summary

The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children

  Parental concerns about student privacy have been rising in recent years amid the growing use by schools, school districts and states use technology to collect mountains of detailed information on students. Last year, a controversial $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates Foundation and operated by a specially created nonprofit organization […]

It’s 2015. Where are all the black college faculty?

Colleges and universities talk up a blue streak about their commitment to diversity, in their student bodies and faculty. But when it comes to actually hiring black faculty at most schools, the commitment doesn’t match the rhetoric. The recent racial trouble at the University of Missouri, leading to the resignation of the president, underscores this […]

Project to recognize ‘high schools of opportunity’ for all students goes national

Last year, a project called Schools of Opportunity was launched as a pilot effort to honor high schools that work hard to offer all students a chance to succeed. Spearheaded by two veteran educators, it was different from other efforts to rate and rank schools through the use of student standardized test scores and data […]

Vermont to parents: Don’t worry about your child’s Common Core test scores. They don’t mean much.

It’s not common for education policymakers to tell parents that they can give short shrift to their child’s scores on Common Core standardized tests (or on pretty much any test, for that matter), but that’s what the Vermont State Board of Education has just done. Meeting earlier this week, the board, which includes the state’s […]

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