Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eight More States Granted NCLB Waivers

May 30, 2012 by clong  
Filed under ESEA/NCLB Reform, Featured News, Top Stories


By Cindy Long The Obama administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) yesterday, bringing the total number of states with waivers to 19. Eighteen other states and Washington, D.C. also applied for waivers and their applications are still under review. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced [...]

Why Outsiders in School Succeed

June 9, 2011 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Top Stories


By Cindy Long Alexandra Robbins says she was a total geek in high school. Now she’s a prominent journalist (her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Washington Post) and a New York Times bestselling author (Pledged and The Overachievers). Her outsider status in school may have helped position Robbins for [...]

Public Schools and Charter Schools: Who’s Leaving Kids Behind?


By Alain Jehlen Many political leaders and foundations are pushing charter schools as the key to closing achievement gaps. The U.S. Congress is preparing to take up changes in the so-called “No Child Left Behind” law, and turning more schools over to charter operators may be a feature of the overhaul. So let’s take a [...]

President Obama Calls for NCLB Fix, Testing to Stay Central

March 14, 2011 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Top Stories, Uncategorized


At an appearance at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, President Obama outlined his vision for reforming the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which he called on Congress to complete before school reconvenes in the fall. “We need to make sure we’re graduating students who are ready for college and a career,” [...]

NEA President Shares Thoughts on NCLB With Washington Post


By Dennis Van Roekel first appeared in Valerie Strauss’ The Answer Sheet Nine years ago this week President George Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act that: a. Stunted the creativity and critical thinking skills of American public school children b. Prevented teachers from tapping into the full potential of their students [...]

ESEA Blueprint Not Rooted in Research


By Amy Buffenbarger Policy experts at the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) recently reviewed the quality of research represented in the Obama administration’s ESEA Blueprint for Reform to see if the education policies contained in the blueprint are grounded in a strong research base. The short answer: no. Two months after the blueprint was released, [...]

A Global Take on Reform at Ontario’s Building Blocks for Education Summit


By Tim Walker Listening to education experts and policymakers at an international education summit in Toronto this week, NEA Executive Committee member Princess Moss knew that she was hearing innovative ideas to meet the challenges facing the world’s classrooms. “It was exciting to learn about the approaches being taken in Finland and Singapore, especially,” Moss [...]

Top Eight Challenges Teachers Face This School Year


By Mary Ellen Flannery With teacher bashing all the rage these days, we thought we’d show what teachers are actually facing when they step into the classroom each day. In no particular order, here are the top eight challenges facing educators this year: 1. All those kids!! In Georgia this May, after state funding for [...]

Critics Cite Flaws in Los Angeles Times Teacher Ranking


By Cynthia McCabe A child is more than a test score, but according to one metro newspaper, his teacher isn’t. The Los Angeles Times this week touched off a firestorm with a piece announcing it would publicize a searchable database of all L.A. Unified School District teachers, ranking them by name on the basis of [...]

House Delivers Final Victory for Students and Educators!

August 10, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Featured News, Jobs, NEA, Top Stories


By Cynthia McCabe They did it. By the hundreds of thousands, NEA members, coalition partners, parents and governors called, emailed and lobbied Congress, demanding they do right by the nation’s students and save 161,000 educators’ jobs threatened by budget cuts. Congress listened and the U.S. House today authorized $10 billion in emergency funds for the Education [...]

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