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Editor's Note

Stars of Tomorrow

Here’s the truth: Most of public education’s harshest critics aren’t educators and they have spent little to no time in our nation’s schools and classrooms.

Despite what critics say, neither public education, nor the educators who form its backbone, are “broken.” In fact, public education is stronger than ever. The individuals in our cover story, “The Class of 2015”  are vivid proof.

They are four high school seniors, a future teacher, a veteran teacher and an education support professional (ESP). Together, they provide a strong testimony about how public education continues to help students succeed—even in the midst of a stifling “test, blame, and punish” environment created by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

In addition to emphasizing all that is right with public education, the story offers further proof that testing is an issue for everyone. And our feature “Testing is Not Learning!” examines the negative effects of NCLB.

Equally important are lawmakers’ current efforts to reauthorize the Elementary Secondary Education Act. It’s important for all of us to tell Congress to get it right this time. To do that, tell your elected leader what needs to change. Then, visit  NEA’s “Time to Teach, Time to Learn” campaign.

Taking these critical actions will mean you've become a digital activist. Read “Takin’ It To The Screens” to learn how you can use your computer to make a difference.

In “The Unfilled Promise Of IDEA”  we examine Congress’ 40-year failure to sufficiently support students with special needs. Here, too, you can make your voice heard. Visit to urge Washington lawmakers to keep its special education funding promises.

As we celebrate public education’s shining stars, let’s make a commitment to doing all we can to help tomorrow’s stars can shine even brighter.

--Steve Grant

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