A populist message for public education needs input from the populace, not just from Beltway wonks. Democrats must find a populist voice. Maybe Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse just provided it.
As Republicans present alternatives to the currently untenable situation posed by the current public school testocracy, Democrats aren't going to get footholds simply by saying the tests will get better.
A protest featuring Rev. William Barber coincided with a report by the Alliance for Quality Education that said that educational inequality had grown to record-setting levels under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The vacuity of conservative arguments against tuition-free community college is actually a sign that President Obama's proposal is a hit to the conservative solar plexus.
Instead of relegating the New Year to more of the same, let's resolve to make 2015 the year we work on the most important education issue of all – racial and economic inequity.
In 2014, charter schools became known primarily for their ability to concoct innovative new scams. From local stories to national news, charter school scandals of 2014 forever altered the narrative about these schools
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?
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?
A mounting army of workers worries incessantly and survives only because of government and family assistance. CEOs and corporations gorge themselves on profits made on the suffering of workers trapped in this life of frightening instability
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.
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.