Lessons To Be Learned From New Orleans-Style Education Reform

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing stories about the great education progress made in New Orleans. You should be very suspicious of this marketing campaign.
Jeff Bryant
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Exposing The College Accreditation Ripoff

Positive university ratings from accreditation agencies often don't reflect reality. That has prompted Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to ask sharp questions.
Emily Foster
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Calls Mount For A National Moratorium On Charter Schools

Government officials for years have pledged to make public education more accountable. Yet that accountability didn't seem to apply to charter schools. A coalition of organizations now says this has to stop.
Jeff Bryant
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Robert Reich Joins the Call for Debt-Free College

In an interview with Capital & Main, Reich calls for moving to a system of free higher education. And he, along with the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, offers common-sense ways to make that possible.
Emily Foster
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Education Policy Descends Into A Sad Proxy Battle

As the policy battle over mandatory testing is waged across the nation, new evidence of a real civil rights concern is being completely ignored by federal leaders and the policy elite in Washington.
Jeff Bryant
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Education Makes The Progressive Punchlist

The movement to resist and reform the nation’s public education policies has become woven into the media narrative of grassroots discontent surging across the country. Some progressives are starting to get this.
Jeff Bryant
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A Robin Hood Tax To Pay for College for All

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduces bills that would allow every public college and university in the United States to offer free tuition, paid for with a small tax on financial transactions.
Emily Foster
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Black Students Feeling Especially Crushed By Student Debt

African-American students are more likely to take on education debt than their white, Latino, or Asian-American peers, and thus they suffer more of the negative effects. The Middle Class Prosperity Project explores the problem.
Richard Long
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A “College” Closes, But Student Debt Lives On

Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
Richard Eskow
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How California Flipped The Education-Reform Script

At least one state seems to have missed the war on public schools: California. Could it be that California has found an alternative to the “reform” path that has created so much discontent?
Jeff Bryant
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Is A Worthy Revision Of NCLB Really Possible?

Senators are now advancing a bipartisan revision to the law known as No Child Left Behind. Education policy experts who often don’t agree find something positive in the bill.
Jeff Bryant
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Why Populist Progressives Must Embrace The Education Spring

What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Jeff Bryant
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Resistance To Standardized Testing Not Going Away

Rollouts of new tests in practically every state are prompting widespread opposition. Journalists aren’t describing the resistance well but make no mistake; it really is 'something big'
Jeff Bryant
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Bad Reporting About Education Is Harming Schools And Students

Low-information reporters who tackle stories about education should consult with real education experts. But they often don't. The result: An echo chamber of garbage information that often contributes to bad policy.
Jeff Bryant
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Five Ways The GOP Budget Will Harm American Families

The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
Terrance Heath
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The Education Spring Goes To College

People with grievances about higher education policy differ in some important ways. But the unifying theme is the same – that We the People should be in control of our education destinies.
Jeff Bryant
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Free the Corinthian 15 – And 41 Million Other Student Debtors

There are moments in history when a new idea forms and takes hold. We believe that student debt forgiveness is one such idea, and that its time has come. If you agree, please join us.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Richard Eskow
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The Student Debt Time Bomb

There’s a generational time-bomb ticking. The vast majority of college debtors still suffer in isolation, viewing their struggle as a personal problem, not a societal issue. But this is about to change.
Chuck Collins
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Dumb And Dumber In The Republican House Education Bill

The bill, the Student Success Act, was written completely by Republicans, passed through committee without any Democratic support, and has already drawn strong opposition from the Obama administration and others.
Jeff Bryant
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Memo To Civil Rights Activists: Testing Isn’t Helping

The civil rights argument for annual testing continues to devolve into circular reasoning: that we need to test every poor black and brown child every year to see what their test scores are.
Jeff Bryant
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A New Proposal For ‘College For All’

The Center for American Progress weighs into the college affordability debate with a plan that would assure all students who want to go to college that they would have the financial aid they need to do so.
Meghan Byrd
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