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How Charter School Operators Enrich Themselves In Real Estate

Nationwide, 43 states and the District of Columbia have 6,800 charters serving 2.9 million students. They comprise 6 percent of K-12 public school enrollment, which has increased six-fold in the last 15 years. When states approved the first charters in the 1990s, the idea was to nurture locally accountable experimental schools. However, since then a K-12 privatization industry has emerged that is dominated by companies seeking to create regional or national brands, akin to any other corporate franchise.

April 30, 2017

CDC Grades American Schools On How Well They Teach Sex Education

American high schools got generally good marks for their teaching of topics related to sex education, but there are still many areas in need of improvement.

December 10, 2015
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More Parents, Students Saying ‘No’ To Homework

Homework means stress, and so parents are fighting.

November 2, 2015
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Violent South Carolina Classroom Arrest Adds To ‘School-To-Prison Pipeline’ Debate

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says school resource officers have three roles: serve as deputies, provide a positive role model and counsel students with problems.

October 28, 2015
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CDC Lauds Schools For Improving Nutrition, But Says More Can Be Done

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed how much school nutrition standards have changed from 2006 to 2014.

August 27, 2015
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Schools Increase Awareness Of Trauma’s Impact On Learning

The Jennings School District is on the forefront of work to create trauma-informed schools, places where teachers move away from suspending students for disruptive behavior, and toward looking for the root cause of the actions.

August 5, 2015

Tough Slog Ahead In Congress For No Child Rewrite

Can Republicans and Democrats get together to fix the education law?

February 17, 2015

Chicago Public Schools Inspector General: Employee Orchestrated $870K Billing Fraud

Find out how an employee bilked Chicago schools of nearly $1 million.

January 5, 2015
A Pakistani soldier stands guard as parents leave with their children near the site of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar, on December 16, 2014

Children Among 130 Dead In Taliban Attack On Pakistan School

Get the latest on the horrifying school attack in Pakistan.

December 16, 2014

Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

How charter schools could represent a step back for civil rights.

December 12, 2014
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North Carolina Education Department Used Koch-Funded Group For Proposed History Lessons

Would you want the Koch brothers teaching your kids?

December 4, 2014

Texas Panel Approves Controversial Textbooks Over Democrats’ Concerns

Democrats are crying foul over “biased” new curricula.

November 21, 2014

Suzy Sneezes, America Panics

Ebola panic reaches the classroom.

October 7, 2014

Missouri’s Common Core Hearings Marred By Confusion, Debate Over Roles

Common Core isn’t the tyranny that some right-wingers fear — but it’s still off to a rocky start.

October 3, 2014

‘A Tale Of Two Countries’ — Jefferson County’s Assault On U.S. History

You can’t whitewash American history — no matter how hard you try.

September 29, 2014

Student Suicide: School Says Bullying Policy ‘Fully Enforced’

By Tiffany Walden, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — The parents of a boy who killed himself at school last week held an emotional news conference Monday to speak about ongoing bullying before their son’s death. Hours later, school officials released a statement addressing the allegations. Lamar Hawkins, 14, fatally shot himself Wednesday at Greenwood Lakes […]

September 15, 2014

Parents Apologize After Students Arrested In Alleged Mass-Shooting Plot

By Joseph Serna and Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The parents of two South Pasadena teens charged with plotting a mass shooting at their school apologized Wednesday to the community for their sons’ alleged behavior. “My wife and I would like to apologize to the whole community, every student, every parent every […]

August 21, 2014

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

By Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times Results of a national poll released Wednesday show that many Americans are opposed to the newly implemented Common Core standards, although their reasons reveal they don’t understand them. Similarly, the 46th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll gauging public attitudes toward public schools and other education issues, showed strong support […]

August 21, 2014

Teens Were Plotting To Kill ‘As Many Students As Possible,’ Police Say

Los Angeles Times SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. — South Pasadena police are crediting vigilant school officials for helping to foil a mass-shooting plot allegedly planned by two students whose arrests were announced Monday. South Pasadena Unified School District Supt. Geoff Yantz said that school administrators were informed of a “credible threat of potential school violence” and […]

August 19, 2014

U.S. Schools Plagued By Inequality Along Racial Lines, Study Finds

By Lalita Clozel, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Two-fifths of the nation’s public school districts offer no preschool programs, and most of those that do offer only part-day programs. Black students account for less than a fifth of those in preschool across the nation but make up almost half of the students who are suspended […]

March 23, 2014

A Pointed Comment On Guns

A few words about Nathan Entingh’s hand gun. Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when […]

March 12, 2014

States Lag In Educating Students About Personal Finance

By Pamela M. Prah, Students paid attention when Mark Ingram, former Alabama Crimson Tide star and current running back for the New Orleans Saints, showed up at Calera High School outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Ingram and Alabama state Treasurer Young Boozer unveiled a free educational video game called “Financial Football,” developed by the NFL […]

March 10, 2014
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Armed Teachers With Guns: The Republican Solution To Preventing School Shootings?

After years of hostility towards educators, Republicans have a new use for teachers: Give them guns.

December 18, 2012