Why, as a parent, I support Garfield teachers’ opposition to excessive and inaccurate testing

For his first school-library experience in kindergarten, my five-year-old son was not allowed to check out a book. Instead he was placed in front of a computer with a set of headphones and told to take a test for an …

Common Core Standards: Missing an Implementation Plan

At the end of a day-long meeting last year at the NEA Headquarters with 8 CEOs and Presidents from various U.S. educational organizations and the DOE, the underlying concerns about Common Core surfaced. After thousands of hours, and millions of …

5 Reasons You Should Care About Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

Sequestration. What does this word even mean?  Starting in January, there will be $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts (sequestration) over 10 years to reduce the deficit. This is on top of $1.5 trillion in cuts that have already happened. …

5 Lessons From the Chicago Teachers Strike

After its seven-day strike ended last week, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis urged unions and administrators everywhere to “learn the lessons we have learned” in the struggle to protect public education from damaging, top-down policy changes.

“The strike was …

Bullying Prevention Gains Momentum, But We Still Have A Long Way To Go

October is Bullying Prevention month, and this year we see signs of progress in the national effort to stop bullying in our schools.

For example, the recently released 2011 National School Climate Survey from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education …

My Children Are Not “Failing,” And Neither Are Their Teachers

I am Oudomsack Panchit, a parent of three children, 15, 13, and 7 years old. All of my children attend or have attended a school that was labeled as “failing.”

It’s a terrible label, because what I see when I’m …

Bullying: What to Do about It

Do you remember when Michael in the cartoon strip For Better or For Worse tried to cope with the bully Brad Luggsworth? Michael, who becomes a writer, reasons that words from a thesaurus will let him safely mock the thug …

Our Problem: The Mechanistic View of Education and its Impact on Society

This essay was written by Kaytlin Kuns, a graduating senior at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California, for a math class assignment after watching the film “Mindwalk.” Students were asked to discuss the film and any ideas …

School Violence is a Continuum

In Chardin, Ohio the morning-after talk was all too familiar……

Why did he do it?
He just gunned them down.
Did he target certain students or was it random?
Was he a troublemaker, an outcast, bullied?
Did we miss the

School Reform: Replace the Coaches – Not the Team

No education reform article I’ve ever read accurately identified the two real stumbling blocks to improving our K-12 school system.  The reason is because almost all of them are written by school administrators and not teachers.

Our schools are melting …

Media: Education News Network Hires Managing Editor

News from the world of nonprofit education media is that Education News Network - -the new entity created by EdNews Colorado and Gothamschools a little while back -- has found and hired a new ME, Maura Walz, a former GothamSchools …

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Inspector General Report on i3 Questions Ed. Dept.’s Workload

As part of an ongoing effort to track implementation of programs funded by the 2009 economic-stimulus package, the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general has released a report highlighting potential problems with federal oversight of Investing in Innovation grants. Auditors …

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Quotes: "The Union May Not Like It, But They Should Get Used To It"

Mike Bloomberg is proud to help level the playing field on behalf of children and their families. The union may not like it, but they should get used to it because he is just getting started.… -- Bloomberg spokesman

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Are teachers permitted to have expertise and credentials?

This isn’t necessarily a rhetorical question, although the reader might have a different opinion. I’m happy to hear it. But the short answer to the title question is, “No, teachers are not permitted their expertise and credentials.” Probably one of …

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The Ends Do Not Justify the Mean(ness)

Amputation is an instant and effective weight-loss strategy, but I don’t recommend it. Mathematica Policy Research releases a new report on Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools Tuesday, February 26, 2013: “The new KIPP evaluation covers 41 KIPP middle …

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‘You can’t have that data’: 19 months of stonewalling by ed bureaucrats

In state after state, critics of education reform try to get data from state education departments to see for themselves how well things are really going and they get stonewalled. Here’s the story of one such data-retrieving effort, by Aaron…

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Weekend Reading: Why The School Bus Is Always Yellow

Here are some of the best things I found over the weekend -- commentary, news, long features, etc.  Take a look, enjoy, let me know what I missed: NRA Is Grading Schools - The Atlantic Wire ow.ly/hYXju Update on former …

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Morning Video: Bullying On "The Colbert Report"

I am being bullied by Emily Bazelon to show this video of her interview with Steven Colbert: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Interesting thing about Bazelon's book …

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AM News: White House Prepares States for Across-the-Board Federal Cuts

White House Estimates Impact of Across-the-Board Cuts by State PoliticsK12: School districts all around the country are bracing for an across-the-board cut in federal funds, set to go into effect on Friday, unless lawmakers and the Obama administration are able to …

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New accreditation standards and GPA

Let’s continue last week’s discussion of the exciting new draft accreditation standards for teacher ed programs by looking at the effect of the GPA admission standard. (Thanks to my friends at NCTQ for a nudge on this one.) Nearly as …

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