The Democratic Party’s divergence from progressive values for governing our schools mostly went unnoticed in major media outlets until recently. Now clear divides within the party compel candidates and their supporters to choose sides
Last week, members of the nation's largest teachers' union passed a resolution demanding Education Secretary Arne Duncan resign due to "failed" policies, including an overemphasis on high-stakes testing.
As too few of the expectations of the policy wonks in D.C. seem to catch hold in schools and classrooms, what certainly has ‘trickled down’ is the attitude that the voices of teachers don’t matter much.
Recent reports from several states reveal a cavalcade of charter school corruption. Yet lawmakers around the country are proposing and enacting new policies to feed more children into the charter chain pipeline.
The dirty, little secret is that spending more money on schools is what most people really want – and for good reason. Yet what we’ve been seeing is a 'reform' agenda that emphasizes anything but.
Support for the Common Core is eroding away, and you have to wonder what the Obama administration and a significant wing of the education establishment are going to be left with.
A new report provides promising new strategies for reforming the nation's school discipline policies. It may be even more important to recognize how the new direction in discipline policies came about.
For years, education policy has been obsessed with outcomes like scores on standardized tests while focusing less on the inputs into our children’s schooling. It’s time for alternatives to this mindless direction.
Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, today’s political leaders engage in grand gestures of "progress" while taking deliberate actions to increase racial inequity.
During a week of carefully orchestrated marketing for charter schools, new reports show that ‘what is possible’ from charter schools includes a lot of bad education, hype, wasted resources, and corruption.
Education is a public investment that needs to be held accountable in a transparent manner. No one is against that. But that doesn’t excuse the application of measures that are proving to be questionable if not downright erroneous...
Current education policies are misaligned with parenting and the role it plays in child development, achievement and school governance. Policies have forgotten the parenting part of schools. We need to get it back.
This week, a key underpinning to the whole teacher evaluation program pushed by the Obama administration was cast into doubt. These new schemes are doing great harm to teachers and, consequentially, the students in their charge.
It’s testing season in America, and despite of how students do, it’s clear who is already flunking the exams: Major media outlets and an entrenched education regime that’s prevailed in policy making for over 30 years.
Democrats left K-12 education out of its "Fair Shot" agenda. But if they want a fair shot at economic success for all workers, Democrats need to press for a fair shot at education for all students.
The media noticed new data showing that a child’s education destiny is strongly determined by race. But few people bothered to ask how and why overt racial disparity came about – and what to do to change it.
New extremists in the education debate represent a mindset unwilling to fight things out on a democratic playing field, no matter how unlevel. Instead, they aim to eliminate the playing field altogether
This is what the debate about education policy – and charter schools – so often comes to: So much sturm und drang about a favored trinket from the "education reform" tool box while matters of more importance get neglected or abused.
We have a standoff over testing as the chief means of determining the fate of the nation's schools. A new call for congressional hearings provides a useful option to go forward.
The 'new populism that is defining the economic debate in 2014 is also firing a new movement to reject failed education policy. This movement has developed substantial new organizational capacity and a much more powerful voice.
Instead of addressing root causes of poverty that affect academic performance, students and teachers are required to take on evermore-stringent "no excuses" academic requirements. Is this education reform, or abuse?
Political disputes are supposed to be resolvable only when parties "meet in the middle" and agree. But with the issue of "education reform," only one of the disputing parties in the debate tends to be implored to seek compromise.
Congress needs to take an important step toward intervening with something that really would help our neediest children – early childhood education programs.
All the parental choice in the world is useless without the guarantee to the availability of good schools everywhere for all students. Until leaders start fighting for that, proclamations for "school choice" will ring hollow.
The Obama administration's new discipline guidelines could help end punitive policies that feed "the school-to-prison pipeline." Now, the next education policy shift needs to end punitive assessments.
2013 was a pivotal year for the nation's education policy. Just as in the economic arena, anger over inequity and unfairness has stirred the masses into action and sent a clear warning sign to political leaders for 2014.
In 2013, advocates for education "reform" doubled-down on the idea that test scores and rankings should drive policy. But this approach ignores the real needs of students. 2014, an election year, is an opportunity to change that approach
The good news coming from the U.S. Department of Education is the effort to toughen restrictions on for-profit scam colleges that rip off students, families and taxpayers. Democratic lawmakers need to get behind the effort.
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.