Monday, September 22, 2014

Lily Eskelsen García Takes the Helm of the NEA

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez As a child, Lily Eskelsen García was quiet, studious and introverted. The second eldest of six siblings, she often played alone with her dolls while her sisters played together. She kept her head in books, did well in school, but never talking about her future. The Lily Eskelsen García of today is [...]

If Your Class Looked Like America. . .

August 28, 2014 by twalker  
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Back to School 2014: Ten Soul-Saving Tips for New Teachers

August 25, 2014 by twalker  
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By Susan Anglada Bartley Susan Anglada Bartley, M.Ed, is the winner of the 2014 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. In 2013, she was awarded the NEA’s H. Councill Trenholm Human & Civil Rights award for her commitment to creating greater equity in public education. She teaches AP English and coordinates the Advanced Scholar Program [...]

NEA Hosts Clinic for Students Eligible for Deferred Action

August 25, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Ten years ago, Aura Menjivar Lara made the long and harrowing trek from El Salvador to the U.S. She left her homeland—riddled with violence and despair—with dreams of a better life. Today, she wears an ankle monitor, which is usually reserved for convicted criminals on parole, fears deportation and the loss of [...]

NEA Back to School Tour Spotlights College Affordability Crisis

August 22, 2014 by twalker  
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By Anita Merina Calling college affordability “the universal cause that will unite educators, students, parents and communities,” NEA President-Elect Lily Eskelsen García spent the second day of NEA’s Back-to-School Tour shining the spotlight on Degrees Not Debt, the national campaign to reduce crushing student loan debt and make college more affordable to all. Eskelsen García [...]

The Future of HBCUs Brightens With Fix to Federal Loan Program

August 21, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery When students return to college campuses later this month, more than 300,000 of them will be attending institutions that some people may consider throwbacks to days gone by. But anybody who discounts the modern relevancy of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) hasn’t been paying attention. Consider these numbers: The number [...]

Poll: Parents Want an End to the Testing Obsession

August 20, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram Educators are pushing back against high stakes testing across the nation, and, according to a new poll, parents are on their side. The 2014 PDK/Gallup Annual Survey on the Public’s Attitude Toward Public Schools, released on Wednesday, finds that an overwhelming majority of parents (68 percent) do not believe that standardized tests [...]

How Are Children Faring in America? The Good and Bad News

August 19, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker In  1990, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the first Kids Count report, an annual survey measuring the well-being of the nation’s children examining various indicators across four key areas – economic well-being, education, health care, and family and community. Kids Count takes a look at  positive policies and practices that have [...]

Education Organizers Find Power in Numbers

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By Amy Jordan What happens when you gather educators committed to improving public education, help them brush up on their organizing skills and let them loose in an unfamiliar community? They contact 550 people, gather 276 pledge cards from community members to support pro-public education candidates and collect commitment cards from 101 educators to get [...]

The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation

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By John Rosales Spring is usually the season when private contractors across the nation seem to crawl out of the woodwork seeking public school contracts. Why? Easy prey. Privateers know school board members are desperately trying to balance budgets for the upcoming school year. And nothing is easier for cash-strapped trustees needing to strike a [...]

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