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February 18, 2014

Building Strong Children

Building strong children should not be a serendipitous by-product of our work with children. It must be as much our focus as teaching them information about their subjects of study.

February 13, 2014

John Thompson: Vergara Show Trial Highlights Gates Foundation Snake Oil

Vergara is a tragic distraction from the real problems facing our high-challenge schools, as well as the real reasons why it is difficult to staff high-poverty schools.

February 06, 2014

Civil Rights Hero James Meredith Issues the American Child's Education Bill of Rights

This year, Meredith has offered a fresh call to conscience, through his Educational Bill of Rights for America's Children. But this icon of the civil rights movement is charting a very different path from that of the corporate-led "education reform."

January 24, 2014

Tom Loveless on Hukou in China

Marc Tucker explains that while China's policies regarding migrant students are problematic, these are slowly being changed. In the meantime, Shanghai's education system still has much to teach the rest of the world.

January 17, 2014

Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?

Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.

January 17, 2014

New School-Finance System Approved by California State School Board

The new rules governing K-12 finance in California are intended to help needy students while strengthening the flexibility of local governance.

January 16, 2014

Education Funding Gaps Linger in N.C., While a Pa. Funding Formula May Begin

Wealth-based spending gaps in North Carolina have grown over the past decade, while a new school finance formula in Pennsylvania may be in the works.

January 09, 2014

Simulation Program Aims to Deepen Teachers' Understanding of Poverty

An elementary school in Wichita, Kan., recently took a unique approach to sensitizing teachers to the needs of disadvantaged students, reports The Wichita Eagle. According to the January 5th article, teachers and staff members at Allen Elementary School participated in a role-playing simulation intended to elucidate the unseen challenges of poverty.

December 18, 2013

2013 in Review Part 1: Charter Schools: Public, Private, or Parasitic?

While I recognize that good-hearted people have been attempting to use charter schools as an avenue to help students not served well by traditional schools, the situation faced by public schools has become dire.

December 11, 2013

Noguera: Educators Must be 'Guardians of Equity'

At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."

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