New standardized tests hitting most of the nation this school year have been engineered to increase failure rates. But what too few are asking is who really is the failure here.
"Charter schools have been relentlessly marketed as a silver bullet for 'failed' public schools … But as these institutions proliferate, so are troubling reports of what the charter movement has unleashed."
Organizations representing advocates for public schools have joined their voices today in events across the country as part of a national Week of Action for the Public Schools All Our Children Deserve.
Politicians and public officials are starting to hear the growing chorus against standardized testing. But we’ve yet to hear a coherent answer to, "Can we stop using tests to drive education reform?"
Results from the midterm elections revealed an education agenda has yet to become part of a populist coalition. Advocates for public schools won’t win until they join that coalition and pressure Democrats adopt more populist causes
Big money is now altering the electoral process in school board elections and state level contests for school administration. The results are apt to be the same we’ve seen in more popular elections – a distortion of democracy
It may. And if grassroots public schools supporters bail out the campaigns of some Democratic candidates, there are lessons to be learned and potentially intriguing shifts in how the Democratic Party treats education policy?
Education policy ideas that once seemed so resolute are now shaken by strong voices of opposition. There’s a new book to help us in the serious work of rethinking the nation’s education agenda – by changing the way we talk about education
Despite nearly a generation of browbeating and finger wagging, the efforts of the 'education reform' campaign have completely and utterly failed. Popular opinion appears to be more behind public schools than ever. So now what?
When high school students across a suburban Denver school district walked out of classes to protest a history curriculum, it quickly became national news. But the story has now widened into a much larger controversy.
Voters want candidates who will support classroom teachers and oppose funding cuts to public schools. Democrats can make support for public education a winning issue.
Left-leaning people have been warned to pay attention to how conservative politics in the heartland resonate into national trends. This dynamic is especially acute in education.
Access to high-quality early education for every child remains elusive. Politicians seem incapable of coming up with the money. New York's mayor has proven that a capable leader can make those promises a reality.
There are reasons why Beltway-inspired education wonks are calling out the tone police, but it’s got very little to do with honesty and ‘facts.’ Instead, what you find is itself a rather political agenda
The charter schools industry is propping up its image with a "Truth About Charters" public relations campaign. Meanwhile, another version of charter-school truth is playing out in communities across the country.
As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools that can be brought about when there's a shock to the system like Ferguson, Mo.
Michelle Rhee's resignation from the organization she founded, StudentsFirst, is an alteration of a script already written by very wealthy people who’ve created an elaborate fiction for how the nation should educate its children
New interviews with leading voices in the progressive education movement have brought to light how policy compromises forged by centrist Democrats have enabled truly bad consequences for public education. Progressives are saying "enough"
Having an honest discussion about education policy usually means questioning what policy leaders and their scribes in the press are foisting off as "information." Take New Orleans as an example.
For those whose white-hot enthusiasm for presidential politics may be dampened by the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton candidacy, there may be no more promising alternative channel than the raging fight for public education.
Those tempted to jump into the fray of the education debate should be aware they're late to the scene and way behind the narrative. Grievances with adequate, equitable funding and lack of democratic control are driving the debate.
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.