Federal Policy

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

In case you missed the #kidsnotcuts Twitter party with our expert Lily Eskelsen (@NEAToday) as the featured guest, I’ve collected some of the tweet highlights. http://twitter.com/K12NN/status/269138110795882497 A brief excerpt from Ms. Eskelsen’s bio: President Obama recently appointed Lily to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, whose goal is to expand e... »

Fiscal Showdown & Reduced Federal Spending on Education? We Say Kids, Not Cuts

My home state is California, and we just successfully survived our own state version of the “fiscal cliff” when it comes to education. Here, they were called the “trigger cuts.” If Proposition 30 — essentially part of the June 30, 2012 budget passed by the legislature that needed the people’s thumbs up at the ballot box — hadn’t gotten that thumbR... »

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Proxy for Deep Teacher-Parent Dissatisfaction With Current Education Policy

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Proxy for Deep Teacher-Parent Dissatisfaction With Current Education Policy

This is a must-read from The Nation on why the Chicago teacher’s strike is much more than a local issue. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel share roots in the city that was Obama’s training ground as a politician, and so they’re deserved targets as well as proxies for all that many teachers and parents find wrong with the White House’s federal... »

Public School Supporters Meet With Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten at the DNC

Public School Supporters Meet With Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten at the DNC

While at the DNC, I was lucky enough to be invited to a small gathering of public education supporters with Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten, who heads the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I’m a tremendous fan of Governor Dean — in fact, I was a Deaniac before there was a netroots. I still think he’s fantastic on so many issues close to the hearts of progressives. And I l... »

What Backers of the “Parent Trigger”/Parent Tricker Law Don’t Want You to Know: Real Democratic Involvement in Public Schools Works

Around the country, REAL parent heroes are putting the lie to the version of the story told in the movie Won’t Back Down. The “parent trigger”, or “parent tricker” law is in the news again, this time with a glossy film starring popular actors Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The heart-string-tugging movie is called Won’t Back Down, and at the most simplistic l... »

Why the Biggest Investigative News Journalism Story In Years Won’t Get Covered — Sinking News Ships Look to Profiteering From Education To Lift Them Into New Markets

The biggest investigative news journalism story in years — the wholesale attempt by the Gates, Broad, DeVos, and Walton Foundations and others to privatize K-12 public schools — won’t be reported as widely as it should. Why? Consider this: what has the Washington Post’s coverage of Kaplan U.’s for-profit college Pell Grant scam been like? Anemic? In 2010, the PostR... »

End Teach to the Test: Bad for Students and Their Teachers — the Latest Condemnation from the American Federation of Teachers

Is there a light at the end of the teach-to-the-test tunnel? A quirky pineapple that grabbed news headlines in the spring of 2012 may have marked a turning point in how much stock is given to a standardized test’s ability to accurately measure what children know. First, flickering sparks of discontent flashed up from parents of special ed children having to do with the tests themselves. This... »

Fact Check: FAIL — Romney’s Claim That the Federal Government Doesn’t Pay for Teachers

Fact Check: FAIL — Romney’s Claim That the Federal Government Doesn’t Pay for Teachers

Regarding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s gaffe: of course state and local governments pay for teachers. No one disputes that. But the federal government does also pay for teachers, whether it’s the local or state education agency that makes that decision, or if it’s indirectly through federally-funded state training and credentialing programs. The Washington Post’s Jo... »

LAUSD Superintendent of Schools John Deasy Must Go

Joseph K. is a 24-year veteran of LAUSD, a former mentor teacher twice named a Johns Hopkins University Teaching Fellow, who now teaches poor, inner-city children who wake up every morning in their gang-ridden, drug-infested neighborhoods at five a.m. to catch the bus by six. He teaches the old-fashioned way – by ignoring standardized test scores. Instead of teaching bubbling, he tries to instill ... »

Finland's Excellent Public Schools: A Smithsonian's-Eye View and A Former Citizen's Perspective

The Smithsonian Magazine featured Finnish schools in its September, 2011, magazine as written by an observant journalist visiting that country. K12NN highlights for you a prominent women's lifestyle blogger's perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the Finnish education system as experienced throughout her childhood, and her own children's experiences in American schools. »

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