Right On Banks, Wrong On Schools

Congressman Mark Takano explains why even progressive Democrats fall for phony education reform. "if you liken education to bean counting, that’s not going to work."
Jeff Bryant
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Summer Spells Hunger for Kids in Small American Towns

Only one in seven children who get help with food at school continue to get the food they need from summer programs. Many programs in low-income communities don’t qualify for summer meals under the current rules.
Richard Kirsch
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The Big Jeb Bush Charter School Lie

As the ranks of Florida charter schools have swollen, the pathway out of poverty these schools were supposed to provide now looks more like a detour to exploitation and profit-making.
Jeff Bryant
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Why Chris Christie Hates Teachers

The antipathy, or apathy, politicians like some of the Republican presidential candidates have toward teachers derives from the reality that politicians tend to have unreal expectations about teachers and what they do.
Jeff Bryant
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Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave

Close to 200,000 people on Social Security are having their Social Security checks garnished by student debt creditors. It's time to forgive education loans for people on Social Security.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Roger Hickey
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Reaction to Greece Austerity Deal: “#ThisIsACoup”

The deal that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reached with European Union leaders seems less a bailout of Greece's economy and more of a prelude to an overthrow of the leftist Syrzia majority running the country.
Isaiah J. Poole
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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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