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April 4, 2014 via Washington Post

Washington Post: Opting out of standardized tests? Wrong answer

No, tests are not fun — but they’re necessary. Stepping on the bathroom scale can be nerve-racking, but it tells us if that exercise routine is working. Going to the dentist for a checkup every six months might be unpleasant, but it lets us know if there are cavities to address. Full article

April 4, 2014 via Forbes

Is The U.S. Education System Bad For Business?

If America’s future success in the increasingly global economy will be determined by our children – and specifically by the way we educate our kids to compete in that economy – then Amanda Ripley’s thought-provoking book, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, raises cause for concern. Full article

April 3, 2014 via 89.3 KPCC

Southern California Public Radio: Foundation funding widens the gap between California’s ‘rich’ and

Southern California researchers are finding that foundations, set up to raise money for public schools, are reintroducing funding inequality that was supposed to be eliminated back in the 1970s, when the California Supreme Court ruled on the Serrano vs. Priest case. Full article

April 2, 2014 via Education Week

Education Week: Former Teacher Joins House Education Panel; Bipartisan Research Bill Out Today

Rep. Mark Takano, a former teacher from Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to serve on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the minority leader, announced last night. Full article

April 2, 2014 via Education Week

Education Week: Educators Envision a Less Flat, More Respected Teaching Profession

In a post on Chalkbeat Colorado, Mark Sass, a "hybrid" teacher outside of Denver, says that state policymakers and teachers' unions need to do a whole lot more to foster the growth of teacher-leadership positions in schools. Giving teachers better career-advancement opportunities is critical to improving schools, he says: Full article

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March 27, 2014 posted by Angelia Dickens

Vergara v. California: Ensuring Constitutional Rights Through the Courts

All children -- regardless of family income, race, or zip code -- deserve to be taught by a great teacher. But too often outdated laws and bureaucracy stand in the way. Read more

March 24, 2014 posted by Jovan Agee

America’s education system is in crisis.

On the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment—an exam given to students in 34 developed countries—our kids scored in the middle of the pack, behind countries like Estonia and Poland. If we don’t improve, our children will struggle to succeed in the increasingly competitive global economy. Read more

January 28, 2014 posted by Julie Collier

A Voice for Choice

Never. Give. Up. Those were the words I kept saying to myself when I knew my son needed something different in his education than what a traditional school could provide. Read more

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