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 …

How Do We Really Begin To Leave No Child Behind?

A politician running for office was recently asked how she would make sure that all parents are involved in their children’s education.  While she admitted parental involvement is a huge factor in one’s educational success, she also admitted she had …

Sara Ferguson: “I Represented All Teachers”

Sara Ferguson, a teacher from Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania, was a special guest at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday.

She says:

I’m a runner, and before every race I write students’ names on …

Get students thinking critically about bullying – through comics

Bullying prevention has been generating lots of discussion lately, but one group that we don’t hear from enough is kids. It would be nice if we could ‘solve’ the problem for them, but top-down directives and zero tolerance policies alone …

Test Scores, Test Scores, Almighty Test Scores

A while back I wrote a blog proposing that teachers finally give in and use nothing but test scores to evaluate teachers.  Since that time I’ve been doing some thinking, and I decided why stop there?  Standardized tests should …

Manufactured Controversies: How Non-Educator “Education Experts” Twist the Truth

There are times, as a teacher of biology, when I suffer what I call “math envy.”  See, none of my math teacher colleagues ever have to defend the fact that 2 + 2 = 4.  This is a well-established fact; …

Bullying Is a Social Justice Issue

We are now hearing reports that Hispanic schoolchildren in Alabama face bullying in the wake of that state’s anti-immigrant law.

A 12-year girl who is a citizen and whose father is from Puerto Rico is called a “damn Mexican” by …

Bullying Prevention: School Support Staff Are Essential

Where do you think most student bullying takes place?  While some bullying occurs in the classroom, the most common places are on the school bus, in the hallways, in the stairwells, in the lunchroom, and on the playground.

What do …

Education Budget Cuts in Florida

Cents and Sensibility… Inside Florida Education

We’ve all heard this expression numerous times this year,“We must tighten our belts” with regards to education. Whose belts are we tightening in the education arena anyways?

Or, did they mean a noose …

A Bullying Myth: Is it Bullying or Character Building?

Bullying is vexing.  Bullying creates anxiety and fear, causes students to avoid coming to school, and affects their ability to learn.  We know too well that it can also lead to despair and students’ taking their own lives

But, we …

Welcome to the Farm

By Anne Foster, Executive Director, Parents for Public Schools (PPS) I hear a lot these days about how standardized, high-stakes testing has killed creativity and innovation in the classrooms of America. I can understand why so many people think this …

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Judge Halts N.C. Tenure Law in Two Districts

Two North Carolina districts, for now, won't have to meet a June 30 mandate under an unpopular law that ends tenure. …

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Morning Video: Rand Paul Promotes Choice In Chicago

 See additional clips and key quotes from Institute of Politics panel via Progress IL here. More video and partial transcript from Real Clear Education here.  …

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AM News: Strong Common Core Support In Liberal California

Survey finds Californians back both Common Core and new funding formula EdSource Daily: A survey of 1,702 adult Californians found that 69 percent of Californians overall said they favored Common Core after being read a brief description.  Chiefs at CCSSO …

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Arne Duncan Has Reached a Verdict on Washington State’s Waiver

U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan has already decided whether to revoke Washington state's No Child Left Behind waiver, according to a Seattle Times story. But we still don't know exactly what the decision is. …

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the hard decision to leave my current teaching position

I have promised an explanation. I was recruited to teach at North County High School by a former colleague who at the time was the principal, although I knew he was leaving before I signed my contract.  I was primarily …

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Afternoon Video: Goldstein & Carey Debate Test Proliferation

"In the video above, education-policy experts Dana Goldstein and Kevin Carey debate whether the standardized testing regime has gotten out of control." Guess who takes which position.  Tell us if you wade through the hourlong version and hear anything …

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Afternoon Video: Goldstein & Carey Debate Test Proliferation

"In the video above, education-policy experts Dana Goldstein and Kevin Carey debate whether the standardized testing regime has gotten out of control." Guess who takes which position.  Tell us if you wade through the hourlong version and hear anything …

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Group to Develop Model Ethics Standards for Educators

An association plans to develop model ethics standards for teachers and other K-12 professionals. …

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Update: More Questions About Warren’s Pro-Choice Views

It's no big surprise to find out that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) doesn't actually support private school vouchers, an issue that came up last week in a blog post I wrote. Here's an MTA voter education form stating that “Warren opposes …

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