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Boston Schools Shift To More Play-Based, Kid-Led Curriculum In Early Grades

In Kelly Stevens’ kindergarten classroom, each day begins with circle time for what sounds like a menu of lesson options. “Miss Stevens is calling friends to read at the green table,” Stevens says. “We’re constructing boats. We’re also constructing out of clay.” Students Marco Carias Castellanos and Holden Free chose a writing activity on this day. [...]

Boston Schools Shift To More Play-Based, Kid-Led Curriculum In Early Grades2018-03-24T10:42:46+00:00

Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system

Making a long-term play, the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and his like-minded friends on the right are increasingly focused on melding the minds of the next generation by making massive, targeted investments in both K-12 and higher education. Changing the education system as we know it was a central focus of a three-day donor seminar [...]

Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system2018-01-30T14:55:17+00:00

Teaching Democratic Citizenship When Democracy is at Risk

Co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers. In a letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote: Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. … They are the only sure [...]

Teaching Democratic Citizenship When Democracy is at Risk2018-01-13T07:48:39+00:00

Poll: President Trump Voters Oppose His Education Agenda | Education News | US News

Nearly half of those who voted for President Donald Trump oppose his education agenda, according to a new poll, and many said they would likely not vote to reelect their congressional representatives should they support it. Nearly three-quarters, or 74 percent, of all respondents interviewed for the poll oppose the education cuts included in the [...]

Poll: President Trump Voters Oppose His Education Agenda | Education News | US News2017-10-15T07:02:53+00:00

Charter School Union Votes to Join Chicago Teachers Union | NBC Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union and ChiACTS — the union representing teachers at the city’s charter schools — moved one step closer to unifying Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. The union representing Chicago charter school teachers voted overwhelmingly — 671 to 130 — to join the Chicago Teachers Union. The CTU plans to take its [...]

Charter School Union Votes to Join Chicago Teachers Union | NBC Chicago2017-11-05T12:10:09+00:00

A potential teacher crunch looms

Public school teachers are on the front lines for the nation's youth when it comes to education, mentorship and support. But a growing shortage of educators is adding pressure to a group that advocates say is already spread too thin in schools across the country. Donavon Gardner is watching the scenario play out at the [...]

A potential teacher crunch looms2017-06-07T05:28:35+00:00

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice – The Washington Post

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The [...]

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice – The Washington Post2017-10-15T07:02:53+00:00

#PictureATeacher – AFT Voices

We’ve all heard a lot in the past few years about the teacher shortage — and though groups like the Learning Policy Institute have made some substantive recommendations on attracting and retaining a new generation of teachers, you rarely hear about them from the pundits and pontificators. For my part, when I picture the next generation of [...]

#PictureATeacher – AFT Voices2017-10-15T07:05:15+00:00

Preemptive Move Fails, Pearson Shareholders Turn On CEO | HuffPost

On Friday, a large majority of Pearson shareholders, in a non-binding vote, rejected a report granting a large raise and bonuses to corporate CEO John Fallon. This was the largest vote of no confidence in corporate leadership, a 61% no vote, in Great Britain since 2009. Fallon’s salary, bonus, incentives, and other benefits, went up [...]

Preemptive Move Fails, Pearson Shareholders Turn On CEO | HuffPost2017-10-15T07:02:53+00:00

An Indecent Budget Proposal | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump’s first budget proposal is a nightmare for children. Ironically named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” it contains $9 billion in cuts to education and forecloses on the federal government’s long-standing commitment to reduce educational inequalities.The budget would take a meat cleaver to public schools, and children with the [...]

An Indecent Budget Proposal | The Huffington Post2017-10-15T07:02:53+00:00