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The ability to adapt to changes is the most important skill we can give our students, meaning educators need to instill a drive for curiosity and lifelong learning, education technology experts say.

Imagine a world where parents can genetically design and modify their own children. Think it’s far-fetched? The cost of sequencing our personal genome is dropping, and genome editing technologies are growing more accessible. It could become a reality within the next decade or so. “Do we want our kids to...

"The national debate about control is a waste of time and resources. Turning over taxpayer funds and public resources to private providers will not create the solutions we need to bring all schools up to the levels we need them to be."

When people look at a school building, what do they see? Why do some people think education, while others seem to be thinking about who controls it? I recently attended several presentations by conservative thinkers on vouchers, school choice, tuition tax credits, and education savings accounts. While each speaker listed...

Pennsylvania report spotlights the importance of community college to building a strong workforce.

A recent ReadyNation event in Pennsylvania highlighted the unique role of community colleges in keeping state and national economies strong, while also demonstrating the power of partnerships between the business and educational communities.
Every year during summer break, too many children lose more than baby teeth, frisbees and beach toys. They lose two to three months of progress in reading and math skills. This is what is known as the “summer slide.” And these losses add up. By fifth grade, summer learning loss...
There were 6 million open jobs in the United States in April, a record high, according to data released by the Labor Department. It comes at a time when 6.8 million unemployed Americans are looking for a job. Eighty percent of manufacturing executives reported they are willing to pay more...
By Alan Richard Despite new attention to rural areas of the U.S. following last November’s presidential election, the Trump administration and many leaders at the state and federal levels don’t seem to making education in rural areas a major priority. A new, 50-state report from our organization—the nonprofit Rural School...
Working with several of its member organizations and other partners, the Learning First Alliance has held a series of webinars on hot topics in federal and state policy. All of those webinars are now archived and available for viewing free of charge. These webinars include: Understanding the E-Rate: What to...
By Thomas J. Gentzel and Glenn Marshall In just three years, the gap between trained workers and job openings could threaten our nation’s economic security, reduce individual prosperity and create larger income gaps, if a 2020 forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes to fruition. This is a cause...
The priorities outlined in President Trump’s budget proposal are startling. LFA members representing teachers, parents, administrators, specialists, teacher educators quickly criticized the proposal , which shortchanges the nation’s public schools. And, its cuts go deeper than those that simply hit the U.S Department of Education. This budget includes cuts to...
Matthew Utterback took the leadership of the North Clackamas (Ore.) school district in the midst of a financial crisis: the state was in a deep recession and budget cuts had forced the school system to lay off about a quarter of its teaching staff. Utterback, who was principal of the...