A Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education held on Dec. 9 in over 100 sites took on many forms, but there were common grievances. The range of locations and number of participants are testament to the breadth and depth of complaints.
The idea of getting successful teachers to work in schools that poor kids attend is not without merit. An important new document lays out a view of how to achieve a equitable distribution of good teachers.
Local schools are being ground into pieces by twin political augers of government austerity and top-down, corporate-backed 'reform.' Opposition to this status quo has announced a December 9th National Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education...
Conservatives will continue to fight any effort to muster more federal support of preschool education. The only good way forward is for leaders to act on the courage of their convictions, not demands for compromises.
Claims that the latest results of the National Assessment of Education Progress, a k a “the Nation’s Report Card,” suggest that "school reform helps" are mistaken. What the results really reveal matter more, but are overlooked.
The real ugly truth behind New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bluster is that schools throughout his state, especially in communities of low-income and minority schools, are descending into severely worse conditions.
This past week, two videos captured just about everything you need to know about the status of "education reform." They offer a clarifying "aha moment" about a conversation America ought to be having but isn't.
Michelle Rhee has exemplified the education reform creed of a 'produce or else' mentality relying on student test scores. But new assessment systems have yet to fill the account left barren by the nation’s reluctance to invest in our children.
Whether you’re a big fan of new standards or not, it should be clear that the old way of doing 'education reform' will not work for the Common Core. Yet that seems to be the strategy rolling out...
As the country pivots from the failures of No Child Left Behind, a new coalition of labor and community has formed to press for real education reform based on values that made public education an enduring American institution to begin with.
We're dangerously mired in squabbling about what "the data" reveal about the quality of American schooling, even as teachers go begging for the very pencils students need to fill out the oh-so-critically-important tests.
NBC Education Nation's guest panelists have troubling track records on education. But none rises to the level of direct harm that Lloyd Blankfein has meted out to the nation's youngest citizens.
With a new school year in session, there is widespread evidence that America's Education Spring is affecting voters at the ballot box, lawmakers in state capitals, and policy administrators carrying out new directives.
Conservatives are appropriating the language of the civil rights movement to accomplish a goal that has nothing to do with rescuing poor African-American students from low-quality education. Too many on the left aren't following along.
Hardly a week goes by without news of a scandal or a study tarnishing the image of charter schools. These schools need way more scrutiny and, yes, government regulation. But the charter school myth is hard to crack.
Philadelphia has become the site where the nation's drift away from its founding ideals is most acutely obvious which is why it is important to get the narrative straight.
Regardless of what you think about the new Common Core State Standards and their ability to assess what students "really need," there's little doubt that students who took recent tests based on the standards were set up to fail.
Last week’s midair disintegration of a high-flying apparatchik in the movement known as education “reform” is still making headlines in local press and the national media. Tony Bennett was a […]
[The following is from a talk given at a meeting of the Young Elected Officials last week in Washington, D.C.] Thanks for having me here today. I’m feeling a little […]
A mantra recited by those who pride themselves as adherents to a movement known as “education reform” is that for too long policies governing public schools have favored “the adults” […]