Invest in STEM

Today, the World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. as 48th in quality of math and science education.


What we’ve learned From Sandy Hook

On Friday afternoon as news outlets were reporting on the next day’s one-year anniversary of the horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the latest chapter in school violence was unfolding at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. There Karl Pierson had entered his high school looking for a particular teacher and willing to shoot anyone in his way.


Preschool today will support the military tomorrow

As a former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, I salute all of the men and women who have served, and are currently serving, in uniform.
But I am very concerned that 75 percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 cannot quality for military service.


Preserving our belief in American exceptionalism

When Russian president Vladimir Putin wrote his infamous op-ed for the New York Times earlier this year, he concluded by rejecting the idea of American exceptionalism. His thoughts sparked outrage among many.  Sadly, however, a majority of young Americans found themselves agreeing with Putin's charge.


National union targets children school district by school district

Could you imagine teachers in California or Illinois donating to a cause that was hurting students in Philadelphia?  That would come as a shock, given most public school teachers’ passion for education and fairness.

Unfortunately, it’s true, with one caveat: Teachers don’t have a say in the matter.


Tax reform must not impede education reform

One generally doesn’t address tax reform and education reform in the same breath.  But now is the time to do so.  As Congress assesses federal tax credits as part of a possible tax rewrite package, they should be acutely aware of the significant value of the New Markets TaxCredit (NMTC) program to charter schools nationwide.  NMTCs incentivize private lenders to provide critical funding for charter school facilities.


Solution to youth violence: The sports coach

As the recent headlines declaring Chicago the murder capital of America make clear, our nation’s youth, especially those living in some of our most underserved communities, are facing an epidemic of violence.


Failed leadership harms children

Suffice it to say that October 2013 tested the resiliency of Head Start children, families and advocates nationwide. Head Start Awareness Month is normally devoted to the celebration of our 50-year national commitment to providing quality early learning to America’s most vulnerable children. Unfortunately, on the very first day of Head Start Awareness Month, 19,000 of those children faced the risk of shuttered doors when the federal government shut down because Congress could not agree on a budget.