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Educators and parents demand less testing…and lawmakers listen

May 31, 2015

Across the country, campaigns against overtesting are beginning to produce real results.

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Educator-backed candidates focus on students, score victories in local elections

May 29, 2015

From Philadelphia to Los Angeles education champions win key victories in mayoral, city council, and school board elections.

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Snapshot of the 2016 Presidential field: Where the candidates stand on the issues

April 14, 2015

Check out our early guide to the presidential candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter most to educators, parents and working families. We'll be updating this document frequently as candidates declare or exit the race.

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YOUR TURN: What do you want presidential hopefuls to know about public education?

April 14, 2015

There’s already plenty of buzz about the 2016 presidential election thanks to some high profile announcements in recent days. It’s the perfect time for activists to start shining a spotlight on public education, and letting presidential hopefuls know what they SHOULD be talking about when it comes to the public schools that America’s students and families are counting on.

Takin’ it to the screens: How digital activism helps students

April 14, 2015

Click. Follow. Tweet. Share. Send.

To engage as an advocate for your students, start with simple actions: Open your email, post on social media, add your name to petitions and—most important of all—share your story with elected leaders who represent you.

“We need to be able to talk to our elected leaders about what’s actually occurring at the local level in our schools and how their policies are impacting our students,” says Joshua Brown, who teaches global studies at Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa.

For educators, it’s not too early to think about 2016 election

April 14, 2015

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about politicians who have announced candidacies, formed exploratory committees, and hired staff gearing up for the 2016 election. But have you thought about how you will voice your concerns to the next potential president of the United States? According to Lily Eskelsen García, a Utah educator who is also president of the National Education Association, now is the perfect time.

Presidential hopefuls share anti-public education views at conservative conference

March 19, 2015

By the end of the week, education activists should have a better understanding of how the 2016 field of presidential hopefuls on the Republican side is shaping up and what some of the threats to students, educators, and public education may look like in the future.

Thursday, February 26, kicks off the start of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC. CPAC represents the largest gathering of right-wing conservatives from around the country.

Shameful Milestone: Majority of Public School Students Live in Poverty

March 19, 2015

According to a research bulletin released on January 15 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), for the first time in recent history, just over 50 percent of children attending U.S. public schools come from low-income families.

SEF collected data from the National Center for Education Statistics that broke out by state the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-13 school year. At least half of students fit this eligibility in 21 states, including California, Texas, and Florida.

Will Congress unlock access to shelter for homeless students?

March 19, 2015

A hotel room is not a home. A friend’s couch, another family’s basement—these aren’t homes either. These are places people might stay when they’ve lost their home.

More than 1.2 million students were identified by public schools as homeless during the 2012-13 school year. But many of them are not considered such under HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) criteria.

1 in 5 children receive food stamps — more than before the recession

March 19, 2015

While some would say the nation is rebounding from the recession, the gains of the recovering economy have not been equally felt throughout the country, especially for vulnerable families and children. Children today, in fact, are more likely to be receiving food stamps than they were before the recession.