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June 14, 2013

Why Don't We 'Fix' Poverty While We're at It?

Why do those with a real choice elect for very small class sizes, highly credentialed and experienced staff, attention to the aesthetics of the environment, plenty of outdoor space, no dearth of arts of all sorts ...

June 14, 2013

What Will It Take to Ensure Educators Have the Freedom to Teach?

Guest post by Zac Chase In his essay "I - Thou - It," David Hawkins describes the triangular relationship between the teacher, the student and the content of learning. He refers to that final piece as the "It" of education -- the larger themes of a unit and the key principles a school espouses and ...

June 13, 2013

Using 'Nation's Report Card' as a Source for Summer Study

Parents looking for ways to keep their children's minds sharp this summer can access libraries, museums, and even sample questions and activities compliments of the "Nation's Report Card."

June 12, 2013

Texas Parents Succeed With 'Too Many Tests' Law

As news of Texas' parents victory against excessive standardized testing spreads, the calls have been coming in from parents who live in other states, wondering how to organize, says Dineen Majcher, an attorney and mother who was a leader of the resistance.

June 11, 2013

State Test Results Released in Texas, Florida: How Did Students Do?

Test results from Texas and Florida released in early June show flat results on many tests, but improvement on some.

June 11, 2013

How Poverty Is Like Global Warming (& Other Parting Thoughts)

But I will repeat my supposition that to make the biggest difference for the most children growing up in poverty, what we must do is offer them incredible schools.

June 10, 2013

Texas Testing Scaled Back Under Measure Signed by Governor

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas today signed legislation to rewrite state graduation requirements, reducing from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma.

June 07, 2013

How Do We Judge Success in a Democracy?

One cannot judge the success of a school or student (or a president!) without prior agreement about what we mean by success.

June 04, 2013

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

We're talking about public schools, after all--and the public has a right to demand certain results from its investment.

May 29, 2013

Testing Holiday for High Achievers Offered Under Texas Bill

Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow high-performing students to skip some of the state's reading and math tests.

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