Angels Amongst Us

“Take me instead. They’re just babies.”

That was the prayer of those babies’ teacher, Anna Canaday. When the Oklahoma tornado hit Plaza Towers Elementary School Monday, she and her colleague, Jessica Simonds, tried to get the kindergartners to shelter.…

What teachers REALLY want

Welcome to National Teacher Appreciation Week. I looked under my pillow to see if the Tooth Fairy left me something. Nope. Checked the fireplace to see if Santa had been there? Zip. Maybe a piñata filled with sweet surprises? Nada.…

The Time is Now for Dreamers

Wednesday I will stand on the West Lawn of our nation’s capitol with thousands of others and demand that a dream come true.…

The Time is Now for Commonsense Immigration Reform…and a Pop Quiz

Lily Eskelsen urges educators to march in support of their immigrant students and their dreams.…

Pull Congress Over For Drunk Driving

Automatic cuts fall heavily on the heads of little children who are being held hostage in this political standoff.…

High Stakes Testing Ground Zero…And the Revolution that Followed

Too many policy makers continue to bow to high-profile “reformers” who advise them that we should run our schools like a factory where assembly line workers get bonuses for hitting their number.…

An alternative to arming teachers…Con mucho gusto

We are struggling to make sense of the senseless violence in an elementary school in Connecticut. Good people all over the world are thinking about how to prevent another tragedy and coming to very different conclusions. A friend, a devoted…

Our Babies…The Tragedy at Sandy Hook

Our babies died Friday. Their teachers died trying to save them. The school custodian took his life in his hands running through the hall shouting a warning about the shooter in the building. There are no words that will comfort…

Gaby Pacheco: Student, Dreamer and Rabble Rouser

Undocumented immigrant children have few rights, but they do have the right to go to a public school. Gaby worked hard and got good grades. Her teachers recommended her for a gifted and talented program. In middle school she was…

Are We Really Going to Do Surgery With An Ax? Really?

To get this done in a purposeful way that protects the middle class and protects communities, we will need a critical mass of reasonable people who have to see that you cannot hack your way out of this. Across the…