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Longer School Day Debate
Chicago Public Schools has set the scene for our local debate on longer school days. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing his agenda to add 90 minutes to the school day across individual CPS schools,...
Parent Trigger
By: David B. Cohen
Last summer, California’s State Board of Education passed new regulations to the Parent Empowerment Act, or “parent trigger” law, which has sparked contentious debates between charter school...
Teaching Current Events
By: Dr. Marialice Curran
Teaching current events has always been one of my favorite topics to address in the classroom.  In a recent twitter chat, my fellow social studies teachers were discussing how to teach real-time...
Teacher Work for Free
By: Annie Condron
Those teacher-bashers who doubts the dedication and selflessness of teachers will have a hard time spinning this story: When a Philadelphia school district ran out of funding for staff, teachers...
By: Sarah Edson
With so many lightning-fast connections at our doorstep, we find ourselves within reach of some of the most powerful learning resources that have ever existed on Earth.  The quantity of choices...
Student Presentation
By: Steve Wheeler
Although I am employed to teach, I consider it something of a disappointment if I don't learn something myself during my teaching sessions. Sure, it is my prime responsibility to ensure that my...
By: Patty Murray
“Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are.” A Michigan superintendent channeled this James W. Frick quote when he questioned the...
By: Jennifer Barnett, Education Week
You’d have to be living in the Twilight Zone not to realize vampires are in vogue today. Vampirelore is everywhere. But the vampires we know and  love today aren’t the dark, life-snatching Dracula...
By: Annie Condron
For the 30 million student athletes in America, sports can be an excellent way for students to build relationships, stay in shape and learn valuable skills about teamwork. But school sports aren’t...
By: Annie Condron
"Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are.” ~ James W. Frick  Frick would tell California, and their out-of-control budget, that...

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