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January 29, 2016

Acclaimed Educator Jaime Escalante Featured in New U.S. Postage Stamp

Escalante, the Bolivian native and former U.S. high school math teacher, died of cancer in 2010.

February 12, 2015

'Humans of New York' Campaign Raises $1.4 Million for Brooklyn School

A photo on the popular Humans of New York blog has brought widespread attention to a school in one of New York's most dangerous neighborhoods, raising more than $1.4 million for the school.

May 02, 2013

Principal Swaps Security Guards for Art Teachers

According to NBC News, a school in Roxbury, Mass., has seen positive effects--at least in terms of academics and school culture--from cutting back on school security, and using those funds to up arts instruction.

May 30, 2012

Learning to Teach All Over Again

The New Haven Independent has a nice profile of a 7th grade teacher at a "turnaround" school in New Haven, Conn., who describes how the move from a small town to a big city forced him to reinvent his teaching style.

March 06, 2012

Ohio to Retest Teachers in Struggling Schools

Still more from the ever-active teacher-accountability front: Under a provision in Ohio's new state budget law, thousands of teachers in the state's lowest-performing schools will have to take licensure tests anew this fall, according the Dayton Daily News. The requirement—apparently the fir...

December 15, 2011

White Accountant Has All the Answers for Poor Black Kids

Gene Marks, a public accountant who writes about the business of technology, recently posted an item on Forbes' site entitled "If I Were a Poor Black Kid." Marks, as he discloses upfront, is actually a middle-aged white man from a middle-class upbringing. I think it might be about time for some self...

August 29, 2011

A Teacher's Take on Brill's 'Class Warfare'

In the Washington Post, English Teacher Patrick Welsh reviews Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, Steven Brill's much talked about chronicle of the current education reform movement. Welsh says the book is fascinating for the "privileged glimpses" it provides into key developme...

May 11, 2011

How Poverty Can Make Students 'Ephemeral'

An editor in Minnesota recalls his time working as a volunteer in a struggling inner-city Minneapolis high school and what it taught him about the difficult odds teachers face in working with impoverished students. There is a great deal going on in poor students lives, he stresses, that is almost ni...

November 15, 2010

What About the 'Lottery' Losers?

A conversation with the stars of "The Lottery," a documentary about families hoping their children win spots at a successful Harlem charter school, fails to address the big-picture implications of school choice.

September 14, 2010

Has Teaching Become Paid Volunteer Work?

In Time magazine's most recent annual National Service Issue, which came out this week, John Cloud's article, "How to Recruit Better Teachers," questions whether the teaching profession has become "paid volunteer work," luring many recent elite university graduates or middle-aged professionals diss...

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