Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 ESP of the Year Paula Monroe Honored at RA

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By Brenda Álvarez Paula Monroe is unequivocally an Education Support Professional (ESP), a high school secretary in Redlands, Calif. It is a title she immediately says upon meeting new people or speaking to an audience. A designation she dons proudly and one that has allowed her to nationally advocate for ESPs, raising their profile along [...]

Vermont and its Educators Lead the Way on Single Payer

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By Mary Ellen Flannery The same state that led the nation on same-sex marriage is now tackling another social justice issue: health care coverage for all of its residents. Led by Gov. Peter Shumlin, with the strong support of VT-NEA and its leaders, the state of Vermont is moving effectively toward becoming the first in [...]

Kentucky Teacher of the Year and NEA Master Teacher Lauds Online Lesson Plan to Meet Common Core State Standards

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By Janet Mednik Some may think that a state Teacher of the Year has all the answers, but Kristal Doolin, Kentucky’s top educator in 2013, knows that the classroom is a hotbed for vexing questions. Fortunately, she understands that the answers to tough questions, including the best ways to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS), [...]

Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons On Reaching for the Stars

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Educators may spend their careers preparing lessons, but often the most memorable are those they learn themselves.  With that in mind, NEA Today asked school staff –  everyone from classroom teachers and bus drivers to guidance counselors and school nurses – to share the everyday lessons they’ve picked up along the way in a series called “What I’ve Learned.” [...]

New Program Brings More Healthy Meals to High Poverty Schools

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By John Rosales It is an unusual pairing of words: food secure. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this means to “have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Unfortunately, one-fifth of U.S. households with children are classified as “food insecure.” This means millions of children are not getting the food they [...]

Experts Discuss the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Common Core Rollout

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By Tim Walker Three years ago, very few education leaders and experts predicted that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) would become one of the hottest political footballs of 2014. While a certain degree of controversy was inevitable, the intensity has caught many off-guard. And recently, the comedian Louis C.K. brought the attention to a [...]

For-Profit Colleges Face New Regulations Around Student Debt

May 19, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories

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By Mary Ellen Flannery After hearing from NEA and other student advocacy groups, President Obama’s administration has proposed new regulations for the for-profit colleges whose students graduate with huge debts and few jobs. Consider the recent graduate who told NEA that he owed about $225,000 after earning a master’s degree in “entertainment business” from Full [...]

How Bad Are Waste and Fraud at Charter Schools? This Bad.

May 14, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Charter Schools, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Edward Graham Lax oversight and limited accountability has led to a shocking misuse of taxpayer funds by charter schools nationwide, according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education. “We expected to find a fair amount of fraud when we began this project, but we did not expect to [...]

Due to State Budget Cuts, Public Colleges and Universities Now Less ‘Public’ Than Ever

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By Mary Ellen Flannery What’s it mean to be a “state university,” like the University of Oregon or the University of Virginia, these days? It used to mean the state financially supported a college or university. Not so much anymore. States are still funding higher education below pre-recession levels, concludes a new report from the [...]

Corporate Reformers Say Money Doesn’t Matter in Public Schools. The Facts Say Otherwise.

May 4, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Education Funding, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Tim Walker One of the most destructive myths propagated by so-called education “reformers” is that fully funding public education is merely throwing away more money. The arguments go something like this: Money can’t solve everything, what we need is better accountability for students and teachers. Larger classes don’t matter if you have first-rate teachers. [...]

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