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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a heated exchange with a teacher on the campaign trail this weekend. The teacher penned a note to him today.

N.J. governor asks teacher what she and her colleagues want from him: To teach

As a New Jersey native, I read everything about the Garden State and its charismatic governor Chris Christie. The governor – who is expected to cruise to re-election Tuesday – had a brief encounter with a schoolteacher this weekend on the campaign trail. Christie is touted as a future GOP ...

Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk at Vinoy Park

NY mom who killed 3 kids wants cut of their estate

A mentally disturbed woman who drowned her three young children in a bathtub is going to court to ask a judge for a cut of their $350,000 estate. Leatrice Brewer will be taken from an upstate psychiatric facility to testify about her request next month, Nassau County Surrogate's Court Judge ...

Remember the 'I Quit Teach for America' essay? Here's the counterpoint. 'I stayed.'

Tre Tennyson spent two years with Teach for America at an Atlanta school and is planning now to teach in China. He wrote this piece in response to a former TFA at the same APS school where he taught who wrote about why she bailed out of the program a ...

Early to bed can take effort at summer's end

Parents, you can already picture those first mornings of the school year: the challenge of dragging cranky kids out of their beds at dawn after two months of mellow summer mornings. Each year, many of us swear we'll do it differently. We will listen to the experts. We will adjust ...

The "Robbing Peter to pay Paul" approach to school funding

Cuts to school funding at the state level largely go unrecognized by voters, who tend to view schools as a local function and hold their locally elected school board members accountable. Those school boards, under increasing pressure to maintain services and pay their bills, are turning to reserve funds to ...

Grouping kids by abilities: Right or wrong track today?

At one time, schools routinely sorted students upon arrival, usually by an admissions test. In some instances, a bit of discretion accompanied the culling; brighter students were the blue team, while lower-scoring peers were the red team. That wasn’t the case at my high school, where ability-tracked classes carried obvious ...

In declaring war on Common Core, Cobb is also attacking state standards

This is what I don’t get about Cobb County’s antipathy toward Common Core: Georgia standards are Common Core. There have been several evaluations of how well Common Core aligns with state standards, including a report released just this week. The report, “Out of Sync: Many Common Core States Have Yet ...

Should schools offer free breakfast for every student?

Update Thursday morning: From a reader: Dougherty County just announced that all students would receive free breakfast and lunch in the upcoming school year, so this is becoming more common in high-poverty districts. Now, back tp original blog: Does it make economic sense to provide all students – even those ...

Can a boy wear eyeshadow and lipstick to middle school?

Rules related to adolescent dress and appearance can be a minefield for middle and high schools. While the main focus used to be hemlines and necklines, schools today face much more complicated questions on what constitutes a distraction and what constitutes legitimate self-expression. Can boys wear skirts? Can girls have ...

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