Opinion: Don’t give up on seed of change in our classrooms

In states across the country a dramatic transformation is happening in our classrooms. After years of setting expectations low for students, schools have begun to implement rigorous, consistent learning goals through the implementation of high and equal academic standards comparable across states. For the first time in decades, all students – regardless of race, gender or religion – are being held to levels that fully prepare them with the skills they need to achieve their full potential in lif … [Read more...]

COMMON CORE LOSING STEAM? MICHIGAN COULD BECOME NEXT STATE TO KILL EFFORT

[By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter] A bill to repeal Michigan's adoption of the Common Core State Standards that was introduced last month is making its way through the legislature.There will be a second hearing before the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday evening regarding Senate Bill 826, which seeks to repeal Common Core.Introduced by Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck, S 826 reads that if enacted it will among other things "protect state and local control of public … [Read more...]

There is nothing “soft” about soft power

By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, NHCLC As a Christian who supports the use of foreign assistance, I am often accused of making a heart, not a head decision. Scripture tells me that we need to care for the poor, the orphan and the widow. But the Bible does not give us much guidance regarding how a nation, through its government, should specifically care for those outside its borders.How then, do I come to my position? Are there Biblical reasons as to why we should encourage … [Read more...]

Why Parents Shouldn’t Opt-Out of Student Testing

By Dr. Andrea Ramirez, Executive Director, Faith and Education Coalition There's a new movement occurring in schools across the US, "opting out" of annual assessments in local schools.As the Executive Director of the Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and a Christian parent of two girls, I spend a great deal of time encouraging parents to "opt in" all year long. I invite parents to get involved, to support teachers, volunteer … [Read more...]

While Most States Raise Classroom Expectations, Texas Remains Stuck in the Past

By Jesse RinconesOver the past several years most states have begun the difficult work of raising academic expectations for students by implementing rigorous education standards and high-quality assessments. Sadly, Texas officials continue to set the bar low and, worse, are effectively masking the problem with tests that fail to reflect the skills and knowledge that students need to become college- and career-ready.Last month, Achieve and the Collaborative for Student Success released a … [Read more...]

Conservative Conference Misses Hispanics … Again

CPAC is once again missing the mark by chasing issues they believe matter to Hispanics while avoiding our number one concern: Education Equality.As the Conservative Political Action Conference convened in Washington DC this week, their agenda included issues vital to our nation, including religious liberty, life and immigration. These topics matter deeply to the 54 million American citizens of Hispanic heritage. Yet if there were a Latino speaker on the docket, he or she would tell you that … [Read more...]

We Must All Be Responsible for Educating African-American Students

I am a black female with four degrees, including a Doctorate of Education and Masters of Public Administration. I coached basketball for 18 years at many fine collegiate institutions and have experienced many things in my life. The blessings that surround my life have been numerous, indeed, but I would not be the leader I am today without the strength and guidance of two women who understood the value of what they didn't have.My grandmother only had about an eighth-grade education. My mom … [Read more...]

A New Year, a New Call to Education Equality

[Guest Post by Leticia Reyes]My daughter says I'm a poster child for lifelong learning. She may be right.Not only did I homeschool most of our children (They later attended a Christian and public school.), but these days, as a grandmother, I'm working on an EdD in Educational Leadership. There is still much to learn, so as 2016 begins, I am still committed to loving the Lord with all my mind.Education is important in our family (a value passed on by my mother), but that doesn't mean … [Read more...]


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