For an irreverent take on the U.S. Supreme Court argument on a case involving student freedom of speech, read Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank’s take on the proceedings. The case centers around a student’s banner which read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” and from Mr. Milbank’s perspective the justices seemed to be having too good of a time. Read Education Week here for an overview of the case....


This report from John Merrow shows just how dire the education situation is in New Orleans today, 18 months after Hurricane Katrina hit. Educators are struggling to revive and turn around a school system that some called a failure before the hurricane even hit. Not only are schools having to rebuild from pencils on up, but many children are living in the city without their parents. Schools are rife with violence and rats, but lacking in books and teachers. Education Week tackled this subject recently too....


Several recent stories point to the flaws in the federal No Child Left Behind Act which is being reauthorized this year. The law, which holds schools and districts to annual education goals and seeks to improve the achievement gap between white and minority students and higher-income and disadvantaged students, has been controversial for years, but it seems that a new backlash is gaining steam. Time Magazine reports on what happened to one underperforming student at a prestigious public high school when she wasn’t meeting expectations. The Washington Post recently reported that many lawmakers and education experts think the law’s...


Field trips can be a great way for students to apply what they're learning in the real world, whether it's a trip to the state legislature to supplement studies of government or splashing in a stream to enhance lessons about science and the environment. But many schools are cutting back on field trips due to financial restrictions as well as a reluctance to lose classroom time in preparation for testing. NEA Today has a story this month about the positives of field trips and why schools should save them from the endangered species list. Some schools struggling with this issue ...


Students know how to make electronic connections through MySpace and other social networking sites, but now parents are finally getting up to speed with how the Internet can help them with school networking. New companies are emerging that will manage your parent-teacher association Web site. These sites can be used for everything from getting the word out about a bake sale to lobbying the local school board....


Retired teacher Walt Gardner has found a new career and this time instead of reaching out to students, he’s trying to reach out to readers and school them on education. The former English teacher who taught for 28 at years at University High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District is a prolific writer of letters to the editor on education subjects. He’s begun to receive significant attention for his punchy prose and insightful thoughts on everything from the achievement gap to school choice. Over the years, he’s had 45 letters to the editor published in ...


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