ESPs Making Parents a Priority

By John Rosales It’s late. The school day is over. Outside the rain-soaked grounds of West Seattle Elementary School in Washington, parents begin arriving for a meeting with Elizabeth Enriquez, a bilingual instructional assistant. Many of these parents are Latino…

Senate Panel Votes to Freeze Funding for Key K-12 Programs

K-12 education – including money for disadvantaged children and special education – would see stagnant funding under a measure approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday.

The bill, which was approved on party-line vote of 16-14, aims to reverse some …

Bullying Remains Federal Priority; More Research Needed

From guest blogger Nirvi Shah:

When Congress gets around to revamping the No Child Left Behind law, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he’d like to see a provision that calls for surveying students about bullying.

Duncan told this to …

NEA Leaders Focus Media Attention on Priority Schools

Standing Strong for Students
Fall marks the start of Year Two of PSC providing intensive support toВ 34 schools across 16 states. To engage educators early in the school year, NEA executed a back-to-school tour showcasing NEA members helping …

Teachers Working Hard to Make Things Better

In a new piece at В A2Politico, blogger Chris Savage looks at Michigan Republicans’ attacks on teachers. He also looks at how educators are working hard to make things better for schools, particularly those facing the biggest challenges. Here’s what …

House Gives Bipartisan Stamp of Approval to Charter Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives took what has become a rare step today: It passed an education bill with broad bipartisan support. The vote, on charter school legislation, was an overwhelming vote of 365 to 54 —but there was still …

Obama to Make Sales Pitch for School Facilities Program

President Barack Obama officially released his jobs plan on Monday. And his first stop in selling the nearly $450 billion to jump-start the economy? A visit scheduled today at the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio, …

NEA President Kicks off Year Two of Priority Schools Campaign

By Stacey Grissom and Tim Walker “One of the things I love about teaching is that you get to start brand new with the beginning of each new school year,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said today. Van Roekel was…

Van Roekel Kicks Off Year Two of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign With Visit to Dayton

The president of the National Education Association congratulated local education and community leaders for forging effective partnerships that are turning formerly-troubled schools into positive learning environments. В NEA President Dennis Van Roekel kicked off the Association’s “Standing Strong for Students” …

Charters Stepping Up to Train Teachers

A number of charter and public school networks have begun to train teachers, a phenomenon that adds an interesting wrinkle to the teacher-preparation debate.

Generally, these programs use a hands-on approach to training, giving the prospective teachers an introduction to …