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A Former Stanford Dean On The Danger Of Overparenting By Parents – And Startups 1.7.2015 techCrunch
 In her new book, “How to Raise an Adult,” former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims argues that overparenting has grown to worrying extremes over the last decade-plus and that unchecked, it will be the ruin of society as we know it. She noticed it in her own parenting, in fact. “There was a time when I was a finger-wagging dean, then realized:… Read ...
Seven Solutions That Would Improve Graduation Rates 29.6.2015 NPR News
We got lots of feedback on our grad rates project. Here are some of the top suggestions.
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Holyoke School District gets waiver to educator effectiveness law 28.6.2015 Denver Post: Local
After Colorado's landmark educator effectiveness law went on the books in 2010, a rural district of 600 students not far from the Nebraska border began working toward putting it into ...
State or private? Painful school choice that still fuels inequality in Britain | Will Hutton 28.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
For years, the right delighted in taking aim at the education ‘blob’. However, it was always the wrong target I remember vividly one harrowing night at the end of the school summer term 23 years ago. My nine-year-old daughter was inconsolable. All her friends were leaving her very good state school to be placed by their parents in various private schools in the Oxford area. She cried at her loss. My wife cried. Her younger sister cried, because her sister and mother were crying. The house was drenched in tears. We were living the continuing divisive disaster that is the British education system, the most socially engineered to advantage privilege in the world. At the playground swings a few days earlier, I had overheard a group of mothers explaining to one another why they were going private. The state schools weren’t challenging enough for exceptional children like their own and the comprehensive was only just recovering from a reorganisation. They just weren’t prepared to take the risk. Best of all, ...
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Student achievement poor in N.M. middle schools 27.6.2015 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – With New Mexico’s focus centered on building reading skills among younger students and ensuring that high school students make it to graduation, the state’s middle schools have been slipping through the cracks.Analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee detailed the challenges facing middle schools...
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Jeb! Bush video features sketchy for-profit charter chain 26.6.2015 Daily Kos
Education is one of Jeb! Bush's signature issues, maybe the signature issue. Charter schools are his thing, and Florida has some doozies thanks to the policies he set in motion and the state's Republicans have continued. Jeb! helped for-profit charter chains gain a foothold in Florida: Bush spurred charter schools to flourish in the state, including those operated by for-profit companies, which found a way to circumvent a 1996 law that forbids the practice. To get around the law, companies set up nonprofit boards to run the schools, which then contract out virtually all of the work to for-profit operators. Bush has been a supporter of for-profit operators. In emails, he suggested that his successor , Rick Scott, sell the massive state-run Florida Virtual School to a for-profit operator, where it could make “more [money]in the private sector.” And he is embracing for-profit charters in his presidential campaign—even when the profits are on the sketchy side. In recent campaign videos, Molly Hensley-Clancy ...
Scott Walker's Unprecedented Voucher Expansion 24.6.2015 Truthout.com
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Concord, New Hampshire, on March 14, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to corporate sponsors? Help publish journalism with real integrity and independence - click here to donate to Truthout! At a time when other states are reinvesting in public education, Wisconsin continues to slash and burn. The Wisconsin Budget Project says that the state is now spending $1,014 less per public school student than it did in 2008 and more funds are slated to be siphoned off as Governor Scott Walker's budget proposes an unprecedented voucher expansion, draining funds from public education and directing them to for-profit and religious schools. In crafting the budget, Walker is taking his cues from the American Federation for Children (AFC), a major force for school privatization nationwide. It is funded and chaired by billionaire Betsy DeVos, and pushes its privatization agenda in the states with high-dollar lobbying and ...
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The best school nobody wanted 24.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Two weeks ago, North Side activists and political leaders declared victory when they blocked an outstanding public school from moving into an empty building on the edge of the Uptown ...
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What the debate over the Confederate Flag and states' rights really means 24.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Some defenders of the Confederate flag in South Carolina and around the country say the flag is not a symbol of racism and violence - but of states' rights. They say the Civil War was waged by the South to limit the authority of President Abraham Lincoln and the federal government over the ...
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Jeb Bush Calls Out Hillary Clinton And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio In Op-Ed 24.6.2015 Think Progres

Jeb Bush criticized Hillary Clinton as part of the "education establishment."

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Education Dept. extends more No Child Left Behind waivers 23.6.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is giving seven more states and the District of Columbia more flexibility from the requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law....
Civil Rights Groups Demand More Of Bipartisan Fix To ‘No Child Left Behind’ 22.6.2015 Think Progres

Several civil rights groups say The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind, needs to include more federal oversight and accountability.

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John Adams naming dispute ends between California, Colorado schools 22.6.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
A California school has dropped a challenge it lodged against a future Douglas County charter high school over the use of the name John ...
California tempers backlash while embracing Common Core 22.6.2015 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- While the Common Core education standards provoked political backlash and testing boycotts around the country this year, the state that educates more public school children than any other - California - was conspicuously absent from the debate....
Teachers are professionals, and they deserve to be treated that way 21.6.2015 Daily Kos
When I look back at my youth, I am reminded of how teachers were a respected part of the community. My dad, who saw no use for education beyond high school, felt that teachers held the same social status as doctors and lawyers. My dad's milk route took him to every school in Madison, Wisconsin, public and parochial. It made things a little tough on me in high school, where the principal, Milt McPike, would take the time to chat with my dad as he unloaded his truck (until my dad lost his job due to union busting). Mr. McPike would remind me that he and my dad chatted every morning. Even with Mr. McPike keeping a close watch on me, I was not a very good student in high school. But, there were many teachers who influenced me at Madison East High School. Mr. McArdle (Aerospace), Mr. DuVair (Biology), Mrs. Bayer (English), Mr. Piddington (English), Mr. Sample (Auto Shop), Mr. Ross (World Civilizations), and many, many others. Here it is 30 years after my high school graduation and I still remember them. I ...
When Charters Go Union 19.6.2015 American Prospect
The April sun had not yet risen in Los Angeles when teachers from the city’s largest charter network—the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools—gathered outside for a press conference to discuss their new union drive. Joined by local labor leaders, politicians, student alumni, and parents, the importance of the educators’ effort was not lost on the crowd. If teachers were to prevail in winning collective bargaining rights at Alliance’s 26 schools, the audience recognized, then L.A.’s education reform landscape would fundamentally change. For years, after all, many of the most powerful charter backers had proclaimed that the key to helping students succeed was union-free schools. One month earlier, nearly 70 Alliance teachers and counselors had sent a letter to the administration announcing their intent to join United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), the local teachers union that represents the 35,000 educators who work in L.A.’s public schools. The letter asked Alliance for a “fair and neutral process”—one ...
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Charter Program Expansion Looms Despite Probes Into Mismanagement and Closed Schools 17.6.2015 Truthout.com
Also see Part V: Charter Industry Strong-Arms Public Officials; $3.3 Billion Spent As Congress stands poised to increase funding for the quarter-billion-dollar-a-year federal Charter Schools Program by a whopping 48 percent , the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has uncovered that the U.S. Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General has major nationwide probes underway into closed charter schools and suspected waste and financial mismanagement within the program. The program is designed create and expand “high-quality” charter schools, but it has been repeatedly criticized by the watchdogs at the department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the past precisely because there is no way of knowing whether the money has gone to “high quality” schools. With the vote looming in the U.S. Senate on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act containing the provisions expanding the charter schools program, Department of Education officials have assured stakeholders ...
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Out-of-state educators sue teaching board over licensing process 16.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The lawsuit alleges unfair treatment by education officials who require a rigorous process to earn a Minnesota teaching license.
What Would a Sanders Administration Do on K-12 Education? 16.6.2015 American Prospect
Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP Images Senator Bernie Sanders attends a news conference on May 19, 2015, with members of the National Nurses Association at the Senate swamp on legislation "to eliminate undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities and to expand work-study programs.  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has excited his base with some bold ideas surrounding higher education. He’s said college should be a right , that public universities should have free tuition , and that public universities should employ tenured or tenure-track faculty for at least 75 percent of instruction , as a way to reduce the growing dependence on cheap adjunct labor. But Sanders’ stances on K-12 issues—arguably more contentious topics for politicians to engage with compared to higher ed and universal pre-K —have garnered far less attention. Here’s what we know so far: 1. He wants to roll back standardized testing, but still supports Common Core. Sanders opposes the expansion of standardized ...
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Balz: For Jeb Bush, a moment to refocus 16.6.2015 Washington Post: Politics
MIAMI Campaign kickoffs aren’t what they once were, given the distractions of the time and speed with which one political event overtakes another. But for Jeb Bush, Monday’s launch couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.Read full article ...
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