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July 07, 2011

Social Studies With a Liberal Bias?

It wasn't particularly surprising when a Maryland mother with Tea Party leanings complained last month that her 3rd grade daughter's social studies textbook harbored a leftist agenda. But now Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, himself a liberal, has read the book—titled Social Studies ...

May 13, 2011

The Politics of School Choir Selections

When the Wasilla (Alaska) High School symphonic jazz choir's plan to sing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at this year's graduation ceremony was suddenly cancelled due to parental complaints about the Freddy Mercury's sexual orientation, an angry—and resourceful—choir member took the matter to...

May 06, 2011

Teacher Ambassadors Highlight the Complexity of Education Policy

Yesterday I had the chance to speak with several Teacher Ambassador Fellows at the teacher town hall meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.

May 06, 2011

White House Answers Student Questions on Death of Bin Laden

The White House hosted a 30-minute webinar yesterday directed at students and teachers about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Ben Rhodes, deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriting, began by recapping the tragic events of 9/11...

February 18, 2011

Union Rep Causes Clamor Over Quail

According to the New York Daily News, the Union Federation of Teachers' lobbyist, Paul Egan, was upset by more than just flawed evaluation systems this past week: His dinner bill exceeded what he thought his meal was worth. After racking up a more than $1,800 bill at a swanky bistro in Albany, N.Y....

February 04, 2011

Merging School and Health Care

Here's something you probably didn't know: February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. To commemorate their 28 days, school-based health centers around the nation (of which there are more than 1,900) are inviting local and federal policymakers to tour their facilities, according ...

January 27, 2011

Obama on Teachers as 'Nation Builders'

In Tuesday's education-heavy state of the union address, President Obama gave repeated nods to teachers--and the critical role they'll play in rebuilding the U.S. economy.

January 03, 2011

Meme Watch: Teachers as 'Interchangeable Widgets'

Several weeks ago, we reported on a wonkish panel discussion in D.C. in which Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in proping up the performance pay idea, lamented that school systems currently treat teachers like "interchangeble widgets."

January 03, 2011

Duncan: NCLB Needs More Flexibility, Better Tests

In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlights several areas where Democrat and Republican lawmakers should be able to agree when it comes to revamping the No Child Left Behind Act.

October 21, 2010

Field Trip to the Polls

A Cincinnati public school took three vanloads of voting-age students to the polls during school hours and gave them sample ballots--which only showed Democratic candidates.

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