American Educator: Summer 2015

  • Where We Stand

    Why Unions Must Keep Up the Fight Randi Weingarten

    When I was a teacher at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York, my principal suggested I use my skills as a lawyer to teach a street law class. One year, I decided to take a chance and set up a mock housing court. I was so excited that the kids were really prepared, had learned how to...

  • Tenure

    How Due Process Protects Teachers and Students Richard D. Kahlenberg

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  • Connecting the Dots

    Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Samuel L. Odom, Connie Wong

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  • Escaping the Shadow

    A Nation at Risk and Its Far-Reaching Influence Jal Mehta

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  • A Closer Look at the Commission’s Work

    Tommy Tomlinson

    Having concluded that public education was getting short shrift, President Reagan’s first secretary of education, Terrel Bell, determined that the country needed a close examination of education quality and a better definition of its status. To that end, he created the National Commission on...

  • The Professional Educator

    The Need for More 
Teachers of Color José Luis Vilson

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  • A Window to the Past

    What an Essay Contest Reveals about Early American Education Benjamin Justice

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  • Share My Lesson

    The Summer Slide—for Teachers?

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  • News in Brief

    BIPARTISAN ESEA BILL SHOWS PROMISE
    “A big deal” is how AFT President Randi Weingarten characterized the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The panel finished its work on April 16 with a...