Post Tagged with: "Education"

NEA Grades Legislators on Commitment to Education

The National Education Association released their legislative report card for the 113th Congress’ first session, assigning A-through-F letter grades for each representative and senator. The report evaluates lawmakers’ overall support for public education and educators based on voting records and on additional criteria including co-sponsorship of bills advancing NEA’s legislative priorities, behind-the-scenes work to advance priority issues, committee votes, accessibility […]

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AFSA Endorses Bipartisan Proposal to Increase Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON – The Strong Start For America’s Children Act, a new proposal to expand early-childhood education nationwide, will be announced today at the Senate Visitor Center with the endorsement of 46 organizations including The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA). The proposal will be introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) with the support […]

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AFT’s Weingarten: School ‘Reformers’ Ignore “The Elephant In The Room,” Poverty

WASHINGTON—So-called school “reformers,” bent on closing “failing” schools, ignore “the elephant in the room,” poverty, that accounts for poor student performance, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten says. Speaking in mid-October to an Economic Policy Institute forum, the teachers union head also challenged a Right Wing myth, and a Right Wing goal: That most public schools are failing and […]

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Congress Fails to Avoid Shutdown

Congress Fails to Avoid Shutdown

Because members of Congress were unable to perform the most basic function that they were elected to do, and pledged to do when they were sworn into office, it is ultimately our nation’s students who may suffer the most.

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Celebrating Labor Day

Celebrating Labor Day

America was built and continues to run today on the sweat and sacrifice of millions of hard working people. Rightly so, we will pause this Labor Day to celebrate the invaluable contributions American workers have made over the course of our nation’s history.

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Register For Our School Safety Webinar With The Department of Education!

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center will host a 90-minute webinar to discuss school safety.

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Cheating: How Test Score Bonuses Ruin Education for Everyone

Cheating: How Test Score Bonuses Ruin Education for Everyone

Throughout the last several years, our nation’s educators have experienced increased scrutiny for illegally advancing scores on standardized tests, with case after case of accusation and scandal. Most recently […]

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Frontline Educators Keep Battling for Gun Regulation

Frontline Educators Keep Battling for Gun Regulation

The Senate put a stop to further discussions on gun control in that legislative body when it failed to pass the gun background check bill during an April vote. That hasn’t stopped schools and communities around the country from taking the issue into their own hands […]

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Healing in the Wake of Newtown

Healing in the Wake of Newtown

Survival. We talk a lot about not just survival, but thriving and meeting the needs of our children and adults in Newtown. We have since the early 1990s, long before I began working there. Newtown uses the work of Dr. William Glasser and Choice Theory, which emphasizes the four psychological needs of every human being: love/belonging, power/competence, freedom/choice and fun. Newtown has […]

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School Closures Not the Answer in Chicago

School Closures Not the Answer in Chicago

Across the nation, districts are announcing hundreds of school closures advocates say will result in “better education.” In March, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the closure of more than 50 public schools with the goal of investing in quality education. “Every student in every neighborhood deserves a high-quality education that prepares them to […]

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