Betsy DeVos, #NOTMYSDOE

Take the pledge to #resist and fight for public schools as a public good TODAY. DeVos had to have the assistance of Vice President Mike Pence’s unprecedented tie-breaking vote in order to win her confirmation. Two GOP Senators voted against, all Democratic Senators voted against. Yet all the other GOP Senators who received campaign donations […]

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Next #DemDebate MUST Include K-12 Education Policy

The next #DemDebate is scheduled for the important primary state of Iowa on November 14, 2015. It’ll be broadcast by CBS in partnership with the Des Moines Register. Professor Julian Vasquez Heilig is leading the call for the families of 50 million students K-12 across the nation and the communities they live in to have […]

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Six Education Policies A 2016 Presidential Candidate Must Embrace

  On the eve of passage of amendments to the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act, the Rev. Dr. William Barber, a distinguished contemporary Civil Rights leader, released a powerful statement of support that gave qualified support for the law’s draft reauthorization and pointed to the work ahead. He said: But as we under-resource our public […]

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Community Schools At The Margins Of Current ESEA Reauthorization Debates: Center Them In Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Education Platform

Right this very moment in the U.S. Senate, Senators are debating amendments being offered to the Senate-side bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, the current version commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind). Given that we have a sitting Senator (Bernie Sanders, I-VT) involved in the process and a past […]

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CALL TO ACTION: Vote YES on Senate Amendment 2100 and Put Community Schools at the Center of ESEA Reauthorization

From our friends at Coalition for Community Schools: This week, as early as tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the amendment being offered by Sen. Brown (D-OH) (Senate Amendment 2100) to establish a community schools grant program, and we need your help to get this passed. This will be a tougher vote to pass as […]

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K12NN Podcast: ESEA Reauthorization With Parents Across America

Check Out Politics Progressive Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with MOMocrats on BlogTalkRadio The Parents Across America 2/23/15 position paper with highlights to desired changes in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is embedded below for your convenience. Follow along as I talk with Pamela Grundy about how to re-orient national education policy for the […]

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Sen. Alexander, No Child Left Behind’s High Stakes Tests Narrow the Curriculum

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is now chair of the education committee in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension committee, and has officially opened the door to reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB, also known as the ESEA, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). He’s seeking emails and letters talking about testing and accountability […]

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“Value-Added” for Teacher Preparation Programs? Your Comments Needed NOW on Proposed Regulation Changes

UPDATED February 2, 2015:  We submitted the link to this post to the official regulations.gov site where it was recorded. At the time of sending, almost 3500 comments from teachers, faculty at GSEs (graduate schools of education), and others with an interest in the training of public school teachers had submitted comments. In our submission, […]

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Join NPE’s letter writing campaign to Sen. Alexander and the HELP Committee

Join NPE’s letter writing campaign to Sen. Alexander and the HELP Committee

Friends, I  wrote a letter for the Action Network letter campaign “Urge Senator Lamar Alexander and the members of  Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to put an end to annual standardized testing”. Network for Public Education (NPE) is calling on Congress to support the adoption of Option 1 in Senator Lamar Alexander’s “Every […]

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People-Powered Public Education News: K-12 News Network Turns Four!

K12NN fourth birthday

It’s January, 2015, and K-12 News Network has been doing ground-breaking, people-powered public education news covered from the classroom up for FOUR years now! Thank you, readers, bloggers, and activists, for being folks actively making a new kind of education news. Some highlights from our first four years: In August, 2010, when the LA Times […]

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