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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....

As we move forward after Charlottesville, AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech reflects on the outstanding work of the nation's public school system leaders and expresses his confidence that they will rise to the occasion, speaking out to ensure all children receive a quality education.

Some of the images we’re seeing on television and stories we’re reading about in our local newspapers are describing some of the most disappointing and disheartening moments in the history of our country. What has made it even more alarming? The violence, compounded with the flurry of discussions focusing on...

Get tips on how educators at all levels (principals, teachers, superintendents and others) can use their back-to-school letter to build support among the families they serve.

Educators send back-to-school letters to welcome students and their families to the new school year and keep them up-to-date on their classroom, school or district. These letters offer the chance to highlight new programs, share your educational philosophy and discuss goals for the coming year. Who should send a back-to-school...

President Lincoln's words at Gettysburg are a reminder that Americans must learn to talk to each other about issues such as the Confederacy, and schools are the perfect setting for those conversations

"I t is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work….” What is the unfinished work? Was Lincoln talking to us in Gettysburg on that November afternoon in 1863? Is he still talking to us in his statement of nearly 154 years ago, a week...

Resources aim to help educators and parents answer questions and assure students' safety after race-based violence in Virginia

Several Learning First Alliance member organizations have resources to help teachers and other educators deal with students’ questions on the race-based violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has a ssembled lessons and resources to help address the events in Charlottesville with students....