Valerie Strauss -- The White House hit the education theme in a one-two punch today, in his weekly address and with the release of a White House report that says the national student-teacher ratio jumped 4.6 percent from 2008 to 2010, essentially nullifying gains made since 2000 in lowering class size.
Tight school budgets have reduced the ranks of teachers, increased class sizes and shortened school years, according to a new White House report that President Barack Obama says underscores the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.
It was important for TIME’s photo editors to show just how many cultures are represented by America’s undocumented immigrants. ”They come from so many different countries, religions and backgrounds,” Lozza says. “We wanted to bring that diversity to the light. This is not just a problem for Latinos, as we hear about often, but for every culture from around the world.”
Scores of young illegal immigrants who have called the United States home for most of their lives are excited by the Obama administration's decision allowing them to stay here legally, but they have a lot of questions. Most important: Is it too good to be true?
How will it actually work? What are the risks or pitfalls?
The Obama administration will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and who do not pose a security threat, senior administration officials said this morning, a move that could prove important in a presidential campaign that will turn in part on who wins over Latino voters.
Editorial -- President Barack Obama's announcement that he will give some children of illegal immigrants a chance to avoid deportation is a correct and humane decision, but one that also carries some baggage.
Alyson Klein -- Education advocates have been sweating for months over a series of planned cuts that are slated to hit every K-12 program in January—unless Brokedown Congress can figure out a way to stop it.
Well, today the House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop the cuts—known in Inside-the-Beltway speak as "sequestration"—for a year for all programs, and permanently for defense spending.
Carrie R. Leana -- In trying to improve American public schools, educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the role of the highly skilled individual teacher and undervaluing the benefits that come from teacher collaborations that strengthen skills, competence, and a school's overall social capital.
Two Oklahoma higher education officials say they think an $8 billion Obama administration initiative could help the state meet its college completion goals and keep up with the needs of state businesses.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama featured the stories of two Oklahoma families on Thursday as they hosted a conference on bullying and stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to keep kids safe at schools and online.