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Learning In Brownsville, New York: Challenges For A Community Organizer 31.7.2014 Forbes.com: Business News
Popularized by rap songs of East New York, a day in the life of an community organizer in Brownsville is anything but glamorous.
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She The People: Senators launch bipartisan effort to curb campus sexual assault 31.7.2014 Washington Post: Politics

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at addressing the rampant problem of sexual assault on college campuses that would increase transparency and accountability, including penalizing institutions with fines.

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PostEverything: Stop blaming black parents for underachieving kids 30.7.2014 Washington Post
Mayors, teachers unions, and news commentators have boiled down the academic achievement gap between white and black students to one root cause: parents. Even black leaders and barbershop chatter target “lazy parents” for academic failure in their communities, dismissing the complex web of obstacles that assault urban students daily. In 2011, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg exemplified this thinking by saying , “Unfortunately, there are some parents who…never had a formal education and they don’t understand the value of an education.” Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman diagnosed that city’s public schools’ chief problem : the lack of “active, radical involvement of every parent.” And even President Obama rued last week that in some black communities, gaining education is viewed as “acting ...
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ALEC Agenda: Gutting Medicaid, Privatizing Schools, Exports 30.7.2014 Truthout.com
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What keeps poor U.S. students from going to college? 29.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Research shows that coming from a poor family makes you much less likely to go on to higher education in the U.S. than in ...
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All Policy is Local: Education in the midterm congressional races 28.7.2014 Politico
All Policy is Local: Education examines how education policy issues are affecting the 2014 midterm elections.
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Fact Checker: Is Obama creating a ‘national school board’? 28.7.2014 Washington Post: Politics
“As governor, I worked with President Reagan to try to get Washington completely out of our local schools. As senator, I have been trying to stop President Obama from creating a national school board for 100,000 public ...
National Education Association's Lily Eskelsen Garcia on teaching, testing, and fighting back 28.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Both major teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, have been moving toward a more confrontational response to the push, from Democrats as well as Republicans, for public education to be more and more dominated by standardized testing. That testing is taking over the time students spend in the classroom, as well as being used as a weapon against their teachers—and it's all a distraction from real problem of inequality, in the schools and in the American economy more generally. "Reform" has come to mean attacking teachers and enriching testing companies, not seeking structural change; it means narrowing what children learn to what's on math and reading tests, not developing a broader vision for education. In this context, I interviewed Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the president-elect of the NEA, while at Netroots Nation. Eskelsen Garcia, a former cafeteria worker, kindergarten aide, and then elementary school teacher, is upbeat and intense and outspoken against ...
This week at progressive state blogs: Stalking HRC, attacking DeFazio in OR, attacking White in LA 26.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Just as states with progressive lawmakers and activists have themselves initiated innovative programs over a wide range of issues, state-based progressive blogs have helped provide us with a point of view, inside information and often an edgy voice that we just don't get from the traditional media. This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a diary does not necessarily indicate my agreement or endorsement of its contents. At The Left Hook of California, Jane Martin writes— Apple Employees are Pretty Smart, But Do They Know About This? Apple, Google and other tech giants in the Silicon Valley are booming.  Those companies are filled with brilliant people, many getting rich from the fruits of their labor.  And they deserve it.  Engineers and designers and other professionals ...
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What Can The United States Learn From South Korea’s Dominance In Higher Education? 25.7.2014 Think Progres

South Korea has left the United States far behind when it comes to attaining college degrees.

The post What Can The United States Learn From South Korea’s Dominance In Higher Education? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Glenn Beck’s theatrical attack on Common Core 23.7.2014 Washington Post: Politics

Conservative media star Glenn Beck led a national strategy session to kill the Common Core State Standards late Tuesday night, using a two-hour simulcast into movie theaters across the country as a way to embolden critics of the standards and recruit more foot soldiers to the cause.

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The Fix: Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it. 23.7.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Sometimes, a policy is so dense, so politicized or so boring that it begs for explainers and analyses and charts. It happened with the debt ceiling, it happened with Obamacare and it's happening with Common Core.  What to do when there are so many explanations that a curious individual has difficulty deciding which explanation to ...
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D.C.’s charter and public schools need to coordinate efforts in locating campuses 23.7.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
PLANS BY a well-regarded charter school organization to open a science-themed school in the District near a similarly themed traditional school has angered some school system officials. That’s not surprising since competition generally tends to make people feel threatened. But competition is also healthy, spurring extra effort and better performance. That, in fact, has been one effect of the burgeoning charter school sector on public education in the city, and it is why proposals to limit charter schools should be ...
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National League of Cities policy conference in St. Paul this week 23.7.2014 Twincities.com: Local

More than 3,000 miles separate Ontario, California and Pinecrest, Florida, but mayors from both cities plan to meet in St. Paul on Wednesday to trade notes, debate federal legislation and consider "best practices" to take back home.

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How A Good Education Can Actually Improve Poor Students’ Health 23.7.2014 Think Progres

A new study confirms that ensuring kids' access to quality education is a public health issue.

The post How A Good Education Can Actually Improve Poor Students’ Health appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Charters, Money And Test Scores 23.7.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
The University of Arkansas says charters produce a better return on investment. Let's take a closer look.
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Michael Gove: 'bogeyman' or 'the greatest education secretary ever'? 22.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
As he leaves his post in a cabinet reshuffle, we have some mixed farewell remarks from the education world Gove presided over the disintegration of our school system; he opened up teaching to untrained people in state schools, because he had contempt for professional educationalists. The restoration of professional teaching in our schools must now be an urgent priority. I'll remember him as someone who tried to dumb down the teaching of history by eliminating the teaching of skills and converting it to a mindless rote learning of a slanted patriotic version of events. With the history curriculum, he set up an elaborate consultation process, then after it was complete he ditched it and came up with his own half-baked ideas. And of course everyone rejected it. Fortunately, his attempt to foist his own rather ignorant and partial version of history on to the national curriculum was one of his many ...
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New political action committee forms in L.A. school board race 22.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Poor teens may get more than academics at top schools; less risky health behaviors seen, too 21.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Better school, better health? 21.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
A study links top high schools with less risky health behavior in teens.
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