Friday, October 31, 2014

Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons On Reaching for the Stars


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

May 31, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Child Nutrition, Featured News, Top Stories


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


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


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


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


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.


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. [...]

Performance-Based Funding: Chasing Outcomes Over Real Learning

April 22, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories


By Mary Ellen Flannery Performance funding for public colleges and universities is a bad idea on fire these days. Even as more research clearly shows the plans don’t work as intended, nearly 30 states, most recently Florida, have adopted punitive approaches to paying for higher education. “They have this one-size-fits-all vision for higher education, and [...]

‘The University is For Sale’: Koch Brothers Target Higher Education

April 6, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories


By Mary Ellen Flannery The billionaire Koch brothers, famous for the more than $400 million they funneled to right-wing candidates in the 2012 state elections, aren’t just bankrolling politicians to do the dirty work of their anti-worker agenda—they’re also investing in the minds of young people. In 2012, two of the six private charitable foundations [...]

Why Are Teachers in North Carolina Being Asked to Swap Due Process for a Pay Raise?

March 18, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, State News, Top Stories


By Tim Walker If you were an educator in the state that ranks 46th in teacher salaries and have received only a paltry one percent pay raise in five years, the prospect of securing a bonus of $5000 should be welcome news. But what if the pay hike was contingent upon you trading away every [...]

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