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Why conservatives should support higher learning standards, too


While the vast majority of Americans support higher learning standards, Common Core remains a lightning rod for political pundits, especially among conservative commentators.

But these political attacks are misleading.

New, smarter tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes


Let’s be honest. Taking a test is not particularly fun, but it does serve a purpose.

Think of a test as an academic checkup—a way to make sure students are on track.

One of the hallmarks of a good test is whether it measures student progress towards high expectations, like the new Smarter Balanced tests.

California Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional


Yesterday, a California judge ruled five provisions of the California Education Code unconstitutional based on their negative impact on student achievement.  The provisions related to teacher tenure and dismissal, forced teacher placement, and last in-first out lay off policies.  With a long appeals court battle ahead, the state of California is having a critical discussion about current teacher staffing laws.

John Legend Meets with Stand Parents in Indianapolis


Earlier this week, there was a lot of laughter and even some tears as nine-time Grammy winner and Stand national board member John Legend met at Stand Indiana’s office with 15 Indianapolis Public School (IPS) parents taking part in our ten week Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) program.

Teacher Appreciation Week: My Teacher was tough, but...


It was my senior year of high school. I wasn’t a great student and the prospects for college were looking grim. I hadn’t quite figured out what the future held – but I knew I wanted to go to Colorado State University.  You see, there was this girl…

Our Take on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: Increased focus on early education


We just finished watching the President’s State of the Union address. We are encouraged that for the second year in a row, the President chose to highlight the need for expanding early childhood education in America. After all, 70% of Americans believe all children should have access to these vital programs.

But another year has passed, and in that year we’ve seen dramatic cuts to education programs in our country. The numbers are dismal: Fewer than 3 in 10 four-year-olds are enrolled in high quality early education.

We must do more. We must act now.

Stand for Children recognized at SMU Simmons Luminary Awards


Our CEO and co-founder, Jonah Edelman, was recently honored with a national award by the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Even better, Jonah shared the spotlight with his inspiring mother, Marian Wright Edelman.

Watch out Tacoma, new parent advocates are taking over!


Shanna’s ten-year-old wants to be an artist. Her five-year-old wants to be a teacher. 

Shanna has four children between the ages of 5 and 19, she sports a blue streak in her hair and a Seahawks tattoo on her forearm. She’s in our inaugural class of graduates from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) at Sheridan Elementary School in Tacoma.

Stand for Children Leadership Center Awarded 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating


Stand for Children Leadership Center has earned the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Based on strength in two areas, Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency, Stand for Children Leadership Center has now distinguished itself among the top 30% of charities.

What are Ireland, Poland, and Shanghai all doing better than the U.S.A.?


We’re standing still while the rest of the world gains on us or passes us by, and traditionally low standards are to blame. 

The latest results are out from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the worldwide study that lets us know how American students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills stack up to our global peers. The news is bad for our educational system as a whole, and for not only our poorest students but also our highest achieving ones: