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Minnesota is No. 1 … or is it? 30.1.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Keith Carver I don’t believe Minnesota is No. 1 just yet. In last week’s State of the Union address , President Barack Obama boasted that America’s younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. As a nation, he said, “our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. And more Americans finish college than ever before.” Also last week, a Politico piece called "The States of Our Union" named Minnesota the best state in the nation (tied with New Hampshire), in part because of our public education system. Indeed, the Minnesota Department of Education recently noted that our graduation rate is the highest it’s been in a decade, with almost 80 percent of high school seniors graduating. While it’s true that some statistics are hopeful, a different picture emerges when we examine all the data. And if we really want Minnesota to be No. 1 for everyone, we must take a closer look at how our public schools serve all students, not just some. Gaps persist Ben Davis As ...
GovBeat: California labels e-cigarettes a public health threat 30.1.2015 Washington Post
The California Department of Public Health on Wednesday issued a warning about the dangers of e-cigarettes, as states across the country consider new regulations for the booming industry.In a report issued Wednesday, the department urged legislators to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products. The growing popularity of the new devices presents a particular risk to children and teenagers, who increasingly report using them, the department said. Department of Public Health Director Ron Chapman told reporters Wednesday the department will begin a public education campaign warning of the dangers posed by e-cigarettes.Read full article >>
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Americans have short memories on gun violence 30.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
To the editor: It is interesting that an article about a restaurant in Rifle, Colo., where waitresses carry guns, is featured on a page before an article on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. ("At Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., servers carry pistols as they work," Jan. 28)
Minnesota has critical need for school counselors 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Editorials
The state has one of nation's worst ratios of students to counselors.
Elect the Chicago school board? 29.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The four challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel were emphatic at the Tribune Editorial Board debate Tuesday: They would willingly surrender the vast power of the mayor to guide public education in the city. They support an elected school ...
Spending more on public education is well worth it 27.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
It's become almost conventional wisdom that throwing more money at public education doesn't produce results. But what if conventional wisdom is ...
GOP, Democrats gird for showdown on No Child Left Behind overhaul 26.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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For public schools, low-income kids are the new normal 26.1.2015 Star Tribune: Editorials
The majority of U.S. public school kids are disadvantaged.
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In school discipline, intervention may work better than punishment 25.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
When tackling the topic of student discipline, some of the country’s toughest schools have done a turnaround. Instead of focusing on rules broken, they now ask kids to confront themselves. The result? Fewer suspensions and new perspective on the point of school itself.
In school discipline, intervention may work better than punishment 25.1.2015 Seattle Times: Local
When tackling the topic of student discipline, some of the country’s toughest schools have done a turnaround. Instead of focusing on rules broken, they now ask kids to confront themselves. The result? Fewer suspensions and new perspective on the point of school itself.
Fighting Extremism With Schools, Not Guns 24.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Karachi - As a wave of outrage, crossing Pakistan's national borders, continues a month after the Dec. 16 attack on a school in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, some citizens are turning away from collective expressions of anger, and beginning the hard work of building grassroots alternatives to terrorism and militancy. While many millions of people are lashing out at the Taliban for going on a bloody rampage in a school in the province's capital, Peshawar, killing 141 people including 132 uniformed children in what is being billed as the group's single deadliest attack to date, The Citizens Foundation (TFC), a local non-profit, has reacted quite differently. Rather than join the chorus calling for stiff penalties for the attackers, it busied itself with a pledge to build 141 Schools for Peace , one in the name of each person who lost their life on that terrible day. "We dedicate this effort to the children of Pakistan, their right to education and their dreams of a peaceful future," Syed Asaad ...
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The Jobs Policies Behind Obama’s State of the Union 22.1.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
What to look out for when the president releases details about his State of the Union ...
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Good Money After Bad, Wisconsin GOP Demands More For-Profit Schools 21.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Wisconsin's decades-long effort to turn public schools into for-profit cash cows for private corporations is ramping up with a bill that GOP leaders want to pass by the end of January. A controversial new bill sponsored by Reps. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin)  Assembly Bill 1 , would assign letter grades to schools based on student test scores, and convert "failing" schools to for-profit charters. Multiple studies  have shown that student test scores are a better measure of a community's wealth then they are of school performance or teacher quality. And  the evidence doesn't show  that turning public schools into charters improves test scores or produces better-educated children. CMD spoke with Julie Mead, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at UW-Madison, who stressed this point: "While we all want to find ways to help struggling schools or more accurately the students enrolled in them to do better, there is absolutely no credible research evidence ...
Washington legislators must protect homeless students in K-12 schools 21.1.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
My column in today's Seattle Times follows up with Solomon Muche, a young immigrant who overcame homelessness in high school and now studies at the University of Washington. He recently spoke to other kids staying at Mary's Place about the importance of asking for help and finding opportunities to b
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Teacher seniority debate returns to Legislature 20.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Bills already introduced in the House and Senate would require school districts to emphasize performance over seniority in teacher staffing decisions.
Congress, states, schools districts debating quality and quantity of standardized tests 17.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Student testing: Deciding when enough is enough 17.1.2015 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Do students take too many tests?...
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Cut a bold bargain on Illinois schools, Gov. Rauner 16.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Public education in Illinois faces an array of long-entrenched challenges. Over the past year, some Democratic legislators have taken aim at one of those challenges, how state tax revenue is allocated to schools. That's a fine first step. With help from an education-minded ...
Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty 16.1.2015 Washington Post
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.Read full article >>
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Guest: The most important thing we can do for students 16.1.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
We have a looming teacher-retention crisis in Washington state and the most likely to leave are often among our best, most impactful teachers.
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