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Patte Barth, Director of the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association, penned the following column for the Huffington Post . House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was speaking recently at the release of the Brookings Institution’s latest report on Education Choice and Competition . Calling these...
School discipline policies often promote a zero tolerance approach that disproportionately, and negatively, affects minority children. Pushing students out of the building for behavioral infractions is not the answer; instead, policies should prioritize programs and actions that create safe environments for students to learn and thrive. Zero tolerance is easy,...
As someone who has advocated for the appropriate use of new and emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and district operations in America’s public schools for more than 25 years, the 2014 Digital Learning Day celebration gives me much to reflect on. In many ways the classroom practices and district operations...
By Nora Carr, APR, President, National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and Chief of Staff, Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC* With child poverty rising nationwide and public education under constant attack, working in school public relations can get discouraging. Then something comes along that reminds us why we do what...
By the AACTE Committee on Global Diversity The latest release of international test results has once again stirred the controversy of whether or not American students can successfully compete academically in a global context. Before we condemn our educational system, however, we must first understand exactly what the Program for...
By Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D, Executive Director, American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Like millions of immigrants, my parents came to America with the hope that their children would have better lives than they themselves had. The very foundation of the American Dream is the belief that people can be upwardly mobile...
Each month during the 2014 calendar year, the Learning First Alliance will be highlighting our members’ expertise and resources around the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. This month, we spoke to a team of individuals at Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) to showcase professional learning...
By Jamila Goodman, Program Coordinator, NEA Health Information Network Did you know that adolescents are more likely than young adults to become dependent on prescription medication? The Office of National Drug Control Policy calls prescription drug abuse “the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...
By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association Next week (Jan. 27-31) is National School Choice Week , a campaign whose sponsors include proponents of vouchers, charters, magnets and other schools, though the real focus is on vouchers. When it comes to school choice and vouchers at...
Earlier this month, we at the Learning First Alliance were pleased to welcome our newest member, Parents for Public Schools (PPS). As we work to advance public education nationwide, we recognize the important voice that this organization – and those it represents – brings to the school improvement conversation. PPS...