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The Cypress-Fairbanks district's chief technology officer discusses how resources from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) helped her district built a technology infrastructure that withstood Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc across Southeast Texas due to the worst natural flooding disaster in history, almost 200 school districts canceled or delayed schools. This placed an inordinate amount of pressure on education technology leaders as they are responsible for every aspect of school district operations that make schools...

Studies find that highly effective teachers may be concentrated in grades with the most high-stakes testing

A new study released last month raises potential concerns about the ways in which teacher assignment decisions may impact student achievement. The study, which included data from the Miami-Dade County Public School district between 2003-2012, examined whether less-effective teachers were assigned to untested grades, and how those assignments affect students’...

An analysis by the Center for Public Education shows that public school districts offer more educational and extracurricular options for students than their private school counterparts.

For all the talk in Washington and state capitols about the need for school choice, a new report from the Center for Public Education has made the case that public schools actually offer the most educational options for students. The new report found “an abundance of choice” in public schools,...

New commission at the Aspen Institute is looking to incorporate research on social-emotional skills and whole-child learning into K-12 schools

Parents, teachers, employers, and students want public education to focus on developing the whole child. The good news is, they have science and research on their side. That’s why the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is charting a course that will re-envision success in our...

The education community's response to the Trump Administration's decision to end the DACA program has been swift and negative. Education leaders urge Congress to act quickly to give those impacted stability and protection.

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nearly 800,000 people are working and studying in the United States under DACA. The program, established by executive order during the Obama administration, allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the United...

As school districts in Texas and Louisiana recover from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey, LFA members and other organizations have compiled information from federal and state agencies and resources on curriculum and handling students' trauma.

It will take months, possibly years, for communities and school districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana to recover from the devastating floods and wind damages. In Texas, there are some 272 districts serving nearly 2 million Texas students that are included in the designated disaster areas, according...

Statements and analyses by members of the Learning First Alliance find support for job training and CTE alongside high-level academic courses, and less support for taxpayer-funded vouchers

Phi Delta Kappa International released its 2017 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools this week, finding strong support for preparing students for jobs and careers and support for interpersonal and communications skills. “Americans overwhelmingly want schools to do more than educate students in academic subjects,” according...

The National PTA is asking educators, parents, and the public to use social media and sign a petition asking their members of Congress to stave off proposed cuts to the federal education budget.

Our public schools are at a crisis point. Federal funding for public education has remained at 2 percent of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services. This disparity between funding and actual cost means that Congress...

Do parents value school diversity? The PDK Poll offers insights.

In a recent blog post , LFA Executive Director Rich Long noted the need for tough conversations about hard issues, including race. He wrote that “schools may be one of the few places where we can sit together and learn how to talk about these issues.” The role that schools...

The public has demanding expectations for its schools. The strategies dominating education policy conversations won't meet them.

The 49 th annual PDK Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals a public that defines the quality of education beyond the 3R’s of a bygone age. And certainly, despite much of the rhetoric at the national level, they don’t see issues as simply as private vs....