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Updated 3/21/2017 Several member organizations of the Learning First Alliance spoke out against the White House proposal to cut $9 billion in funding for public education and the U.S. Department of Education while funding new voucher and school choice programs. These are excepts from some of the statements: AASA, the...
Helping parents and your community understand student assessments and test scores is a recurring challenge--and dreaded exercise--for most educators. The National School Public Relations Association has just released Communication Planning and Strategic Tactics for Releasing High-Stakes Test Scores , published by NSPRA through a grant from the Learning First Alliance...
Preparing students for successful futures has long been championed as one of the most pivotal roles for educators and parents alike; that is, after all, the purpose of education. We are now beginning to recognize, however, that preparing young people for successful futures looks much different today than it did...
I recently attended an event on Race, Poverty, and School Reform, and I was surprised to hear almost every panelist discuss choice as the best way to reform schools. Research doesn’t support their claims, however. While choice is great and helps parents find programs and schools that best fit their...
Several LFA member organizations have issued statements opposing the Trump administration’s decision this week to rescind guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination. Following is a summary of those statements: The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said that transgendered students are often bullied and subject to violence, harassment and discrimination. “By...
Expanding instructional time to help boost student performance and improve low-performing schools has been at the forefront of many reform efforts over the past five years. Former education secretary Arne Duncan was a strong advocate for “more and better learning time,” and saw it as a way to help level...
With the transition to a new presidential administration, change abounds in the federal education policy world. As we await action from a new Secretary of Education, we’ve also seen President Trump issue an executive order pausing the accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), followed by a move...
Like many of you, I’ve been dismayed at the recent barrage of executive orders, controversial nominees, and heated discourse on every news feed. At the same time, the amazing display of activism and civic engagement since the inauguration has been heartening. While none of us can go to every demonstration...
Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. It’s the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. In some cases, excessive feelings of isolation can...
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently named Terri Tchorzynski, a school counselor at Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Mich., its 2017 School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Tchorzynski works with students in 11 th and 12 th grades to match their interests and abilities to the pathways...