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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 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

December 11, 2013 via Las Vegas Sun

Clark County’s charter schools continue to chart strong growth

Clark County charter schools have among the fastest enrollment growth in the country, according to a national report released Tuesday. Full article

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May 17, 2014 posted by Andrew Diss

Brown v. Board

A landmark decision was made 60 years ago. This landmark decision – handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in the famous Brown v. Board of Education case – outlawed deliberate segregation in our public schools. Read more

January 16, 2014 posted by Becky Trudell

Let’s empower all parents to select high quality school options for their kids

I am the mother of two. My oldest is halfway through his first year of high school, and my youngest is a 6th grader, finishing up her last year in elementary school. Making sure that they both receive a high-quality education is my number one priority. Read more

January 14, 2014 posted by Julia Lyons

Teachers should all be held to the same high standards

Every year I see talented, passionate colleagues come and go at my school in a never-ending cycle of changing faces. This is something that must change if we want to make sure there is a great teacher in every classroom. Read more

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