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Feb 09, 2016
Power Struggle Over Future Of Public Schools Heats Up In Chicago
The politics surrounding the future of Chicago's public school system are intensifying. Three different players are in a power struggle for control of the system, which is suffering financially.

Feb 09, 2016
What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)
Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.

Feb 09, 2016
'An Average Guy' Excels At Teaching Students AP Calculus
David Greene talks to advanced placement calculus teacher Anthony Yom about his classroom magic, and how he's gotten every one of his students for the past five years to pass the exam.

Feb 08, 2016
Department Of Education Creates Student Aid Enforcement Office
The Department of Education announced Monday it will create a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to crack down on higher education institutions that are taking advantage of vulnerable students.

Feb 08, 2016
High School Students Break Down The Super Bowl Ads
A New York City-based program aims to make students into critical media consumers.

Feb 08, 2016
School Superintendent In Flint Worries About Water Crisis' Irreversible Harm
Renee Montagne talks to Bilal Tawwab, superintendent of schools in Flint, Mich., about how the district is responding to the lead water crisis. The extent of the damage from the lead is not yet known.

Feb 07, 2016
Nearing 25 Years Old, Teach For America Reflects On Its Work
Teach for America turns 25 years old this year. CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard reflects on the group's progress and challenges in changing American education.

Feb 07, 2016
Confused About Your Student Loans? You're Not Alone
Here are the tips, tools and calculators that can help make sense of all that debt.

Feb 06, 2016
How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education
Smartphones are often credited with helping bridge the "digital divide" between people who do and don't have Internet access at home. But is mobile Internet enough for a family with a kid in school?

Feb 05, 2016
OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?
It can be too easy for students to Google an assignment before they stop to think about it. Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

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Feb 10, 2016
Myth of hero teacher who swoops in and saves children from poverty, racism and violence
Ed Boland’s gritty new memoir about teaching in a tough New York City school will not put him on a pedestal alongside classroom legends Jaime Escalante…

Feb 09, 2016
Religious freedom or needless interference? Lawmakers debate high school athletic wear
I talked to the author of House Bill 870  and listened to the House Education Committee discussion last week and am still a bit confused over the…

Feb 07, 2016
Enforcing immigration laws puts Georgia on right side of history and popular opinion
In a response to a column on the blog this week condemning Georgia’s higher education policy toward illegal immigrants, D.A. King of Marietta wrote this rebuttal essay. A vocal advocate…

Feb 07, 2016
Georgia’s teacher evaluation plan ignores responsibility, role of learner
A Sunday AJC story documented the mounting frustration of Georgia teachers over an evaluation process that will not only consider student test scores, but count them…

Feb 05, 2016
Clarke County school chief and 2015 national superintendent of the year to head Fulton Schools
Big news for Fulton County Schools in landing Phil Lanoue as its new superintendent. He’s a big picture thinker and a reformer. Here is the official…

Feb 05, 2016
Walton Foundation sounds alarm on virtual charters. ‘Stark evidence most…have negative impact.’
In November, we discussed the findings of the National Study of Online Charter Schools, a series of three reviews commissioned  by the largest private funder of charter schools, the…

Feb 05, 2016
Are the pace and focus of our classrooms a bad fit for boys?
In explaining the disconnect between boys and school, educator Troy Kemp said, “Classrooms are like quiet back roads with a posted speed of 35 mph. But…

Feb 04, 2016
Georgia’s ban on undocumented college students puts state on wrong side of history
Angela Stuesse is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida and author of “Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep…

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