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.
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.
The Young Invincibles' report, "Closing the Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment through Education," offers solutions to racial disparities in higher education and the job market.
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.
While 300,000 petition signatures were not enough to prevent a Senate filibuster of the student loan refinancing bill, they are inspiring supporters to continue the fight.
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.
Did our nation’s news media fulfill its duty to keep you informed about what is going on with your government? Here is what much of the media reported about Wednesday's student loan relief vote in the Senate.
Senate Republicans today sided with 22,000 millionaires over 40 million Americans with student debt by blocking the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.
Perhaps some of the passion President Obama says he feels for people struggling with student loan debt could be reserved for the alleged victims of student loan servicer Navient.
A former student was among the people calling for Senate passage of a bill that would enable those like her to get lower rates on their loans. Call 202-517-2321 to let your senator know that you agree.
The Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow 40 million Americans to lower their student loan debt. Use our calling tool to let your senator know that you stand with them.
President Obama signed an executive order today capping student loan repayments at 10 percent of the borrower’s monthly income as thousands petition the Senate to act on a bill that would allow lower rates on student loans.
Student borrowers face intense hardships caused by the deceptive practices of loan providers and servicers like JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citibank. A Senate subcommittee hearing exposes the problem.
Three witnesses testify in a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the impact of student loan debt on the national economy. A teacher's personal story makes the need for action clear.
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.
A major impediment holding back millennials from entering the middle class, and Democrats from turning them out to vote, is student loan debt. This is not just an issue affecting young adults, either.
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.
Student loan debt is now approaching $2 trillion – talk about a bubble waiting to burst. "It doesn't have to be this way," Sen. Elizabeth Warren says as she introduces the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.
Inaction on Congress’ part in tackling college affordability and other issues young adults care about has led many to distance themselves from the political process altogether, with only 23 percent certain to vote this November.
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.
The right-wing push for private school vouchers is leading to taxpayer subsidies of education that can be more damaging to children and our society than any shortcomings of public schools. We need a movement to stop 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
I believe the moment will come, perhaps very soon, when we as a society will ask ourselves: How can we deny a higher education to any young person in this country just because she or he can’t afford it?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has kicked off a new campaign called “Higher Ed, Not Debt” to tackle the nation’s staggering burden of student loan debt. It's part of a larger battle over education in America from pre-kindergarten up.
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.
The Newark story is part of a larger pattern in which Republican governors override local governments, especially urban ones, to serve both their ideology and their corporate patrons.
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.
In the Public Interest and the American Federation of Teachers offer progressive education activists a new resource for pushing back against efforts to turn public schools into private profit centers.
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.