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Why My Kids Are Opting In


Parenting. So much to worry about, so little time. Right?

As the mom of three teens, I’ve had my freak outs about childcare, ear infections, antibiotics, team tryouts, homework, driving, and dating. What I’m not worried about? Standardized testing.

It’s not that I don’t care about my kids’ education. Quite the opposite - ask them and they’ll tell you I care too much. I’m a huge proponent of public education and a big believer in the notion that each kid has individual learning styles, supported by the fact that my kids run the spectrum from special needs to high ability.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 2


Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Parents Should Welcome the New Common Core Tests


Ignore the left- and right-wing noise machines: the new tests being introduced to kids across the country are valuable.

Right now, interest groups with ulterior motives are encouraging parents to opt out of the next generation of “smart” tests being rolled out across the country.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing


An interview with educators on aligned tests

It’s testing season, and students in many states around the country are taking, for the first time this year, tests that are aligned to the Common Core and similar high standards. As with most things that are new or significantly changed, these tests have generated heated discussions. “Why do we need new tests?” “Why do we need standardized tests at all?” “There’s already too much classroom time spent on testing!” “Tests are too stressful and don’t paint an accurate picture!”

Who I Am and Why I Stand


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lauren Sandherr, and I am the new National Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Stand for Children. In this role, I will be managing and coordinating various elements of the projects our team works on throughout the year, as well as contributing content to the website, blog, and more. While project management and communications compose my professional background, it is what Stand for Children, well, stands for that brought me here.

Ohio’s Kasich Stands Up to the Right on Common Core


The Ohio governor just took a bold stand against Tea Party hysteria about education standards. Call him the anti-Jindal.

This past Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich did something surprising and important.

The power of high-quality public charter schools


It's National School Choice Week – a chance to celebrate and promote all types of school options for families, including traditional schools, private schools and public charter schools. To celebrate, let's talk about the power of high-quality public charter schools. 

There are more than 6,000 public charter schools in the United States educating more than 2.5 million children. But what are they? And what's the appeal?

The civil rights issue of our time


Today, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it has never been more clear that education is the civil rights issue of our time. We’ve come a long way as a country in the last 50 years. But the truth remains: We have a long way to go.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Senate Committee will be convening to discuss the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind -- a piece of legislation in desperate need of an overhaul that focuses on helping our most at-risk kids.

Education Secretary Duncan's No Child Left Behind plan strikes the right balance


In a speech today in Washington D.C., U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan laid out the president's position on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) revision.

According to NPR, "Duncan called the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind law 'tired' and 'prescriptive.'"

The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future


Congress is attempting to pass the buck on federal funding for education. The results would be disastrous.

In the weeks ahead, Congress will consider rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act and, if some leaders on Capitol Hill get their wish, it will feature dramatically reduced federal oversight of education. 

These Congressional leaders point to states’ rights when they argue that the federal government should send $50 billion to 50 states and more than 10,000 school districts each year but ask for little or nothing in the way of results.