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What Would You Do if Your Child's School Closed for Good?

Education is under fire in many states. Credit: Peter Prengaman, AP Imagine you send your child to the public school in your neighborhood. You're happy. They're happy. Even if everyone isn't in a state of constant bliss, at least you k...With budgets being slashed across the nation, even education is on the chopping block.

Should States Be Cutting Teachers to Save Money?

Should teachers' jobs be on the budget chopping block? Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Times are tough, and many states are looking to cut teachers in order to save money. But is education the place to make cuts?
In New York City, M...
Might there not be other areas to cut before cutting teachers?

Did You Like What President Obama Said About Education?

Credit: Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images We've been talking a lot about education on the Chatterbox recently. Perhaps President Obama is a fan, since he talked quite a bit about education in last night's State of the Union Address. ...
He emphasized the importance of parents in the educational process, saying that "It's family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done."

How Involved Are You In Your Child's School?

Are you an involved parent? Credit: Getty Images Parental involvement at school these days has gone way beyond the PTA. At Central Falls High School in Rhode Island, one mom, Maria Cristina Betancur, is at the school entrance every day...Is increased parental involvement at school a growing trend?

Should Teachers Grade Parents?

As a parent, what kind of grade would you earn? Credit: Corbis
Everyone thinks that parents should be involved in their child's education. But should teachers give parents grades?
This story isn't as wacky as Texas cops giving ticke...
Rep. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) "is sponsoring a bill that would require teachers to give parents in Florida a grade for how involved they are with their child's education."

Poll: Most Want Easier Way to Fire Bad Teachers

78 percent think it should be easier for school administrators to fire bad teachers. Credit: Getty Images ATLANTA (AP) - An overwhelming majority of Americans are frustrated that it's too difficult to get rid of bad teachers, while mos...An overwhelming majority of Americans are frustrated that it's too difficult to get rid of bad teachers, while most also believe that teachers aren't paid enough, a new poll shows.

Teacher Gifts: 5 Great Ideas

The holidays are a great time to show our appreciation and gratitude to our children's favorite educators for their passion, dedication and all the hard work they do to care for and inspire the next generation. Take a look at some of our favorite tho...An apple for the teacher? Think again.

Should We Stop Giving Teachers Tenure?

Are tenured teachers "untouchable?" Credit: Corbis Education is always a hot topic. Right now, teacher tenure is taking a lot of heat. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to eliminate tenure, which he says will make it easi...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to eliminate tenure, which he says will make it easier to get rid of teachers that are not doing a good job. What do you think?

Future Teachers Must Show, Not Just Tell, Skills

Professor Susan Gibbs Goetz video tapes her former student, Jasmine Zeppa who teaches her class. Credit: AP
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Standing at the edge of a pond surrounded by her class of fourth-graders, Jasmine Zeppa filled a bucket with ...
A new licensing system is being tested in 19 states that includes filming student teachers in their classroom and evaluating the video, also candidates must show they can prepare a lesson, tailor it to different levels of students and present it effectively.

Opinion: Failing Teachers Should Get the Boot, Kids Come First

In public school systems, do kids come first? Credit: Getty Images
I went to see "Waiting for 'Superman'" recently, then tuned in for a virtual town hall meeting moderated by Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, and featuring the film's...
My biggest fear was -- and still is -- very real: Of all in-school factors that affect student achievement, effective teachers and principals account for nearly 60 percent of a student's ability to succeed, according to "Waiting for Superman."

Is it OK for Teachers and Students to Be Facebook Friends?

Should teachers and students be friends on Facebook? Credit: Chris Jackson, Getty Images
At least three New York City area teachers have been fired in the last six months for "inappropriate" conduct with students on Facebook, including one who le...

4-year-olds Learn More Through Teacher Interaction Than in Free Play, Study Shows

Your child spends his hours at preschool happily building giant towns with colorless wooden blocks or sitting quietly in a corner, mesmerized by the pages of the book he's flipping through. This is how kids learn, right? Actually, maybe not. A n...Your child spends his hours at preschool happily building giant towns with colorless wooden blocks or sitting quietly in a corner, mesmerized by the pages of the book he's flipping through. This is how kids learn, right? Actually, maybe not. A new study shows that 4-year-olds make more significant gains in early language and math skills when being guided by a teacher.

Want to Change Your Child's Classroom? Talk to the Teacher First

Your child might not like the teacher as much s the other kids, but is it time to move her to another classroom? Credit: Getty Images
"I don't want to be in this teacher's class this year." "I like my teacher from last year better -- why can't I ...

First Day of School: What the Teacher Needs to Know About Your Child

Send your kids off to school knowing you've provided their teachers with info your kids need to succeed. Credit: Getty Images
It's back-to-school time, when everything is shiny and fresh: New clothes, new notebooks, new backpacks, new teachers ...

Teachers Busted for Calling In Sick, Then Posting Vacation Photos on Facebook

Some New York City teachers got schooled for taking unauthorized vacations. Credit: Getty Images
More than a dozen New York City teachers have been disciplined for abusing their sick days -- calling in with the sniffles only to take a mental he...

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