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.
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.
Congress needs to take an important step toward intervening with something that really would help our neediest children – early childhood education programs.
All the parental choice in the world is useless without the guarantee to the availability of good schools everywhere for all students. Until leaders start fighting for that, proclamations for "school choice" will ring hollow.
What if instead of giving a block of federal money to some students, the entire tuition of any student who wanted to go to a public college was paid for? A trending petition makes the money-saving case.
The Obama administration's new discipline guidelines could help end punitive policies that feed "the school-to-prison pipeline." Now, the next education policy shift needs to end punitive assessments.
2013 was a pivotal year for the nation's education policy. Just as in the economic arena, anger over inequity and unfairness has stirred the masses into action and sent a clear warning sign to political leaders for 2014.
The good news coming from the U.S. Department of Education is the effort to toughen restrictions on for-profit scam colleges that rip off students, families and taxpayers. Democratic lawmakers need to get behind the effort.
State budget cuts to higher education are driving the cost of tuition to increase twice as fast as the cost of health care. Those additional dollars aren’t improving students’ instruction. But students and families have to make up the difference.
Claims that the latest results of the National Assessment of Education Progress, a k a “the Nation’s Report Card,” suggest that "school reform helps" are mistaken. What the results really reveal matter more, but are overlooked.
The real ugly truth behind New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bluster is that schools throughout his state, especially in communities of low-income and minority schools, are descending into severely worse conditions.
I took the opportunity to come hear you speak on your campaign trail. I asked you one simple question yesterday. I wanted to know why you portray New Jersey public schools as failure factories. Apparently that question struck a nerve.
This past week, two videos captured just about everything you need to know about the status of "education reform." They offer a clarifying "aha moment" about a conversation America ought to be having but isn't.
We're dangerously mired in squabbling about what "the data" reveal about the quality of American schooling, even as teachers go begging for the very pencils students need to fill out the oh-so-critically-important tests.
With a new school year in session, there is widespread evidence that America's Education Spring is affecting voters at the ballot box, lawmakers in state capitals, and policy administrators carrying out new directives.
A study reveals that most of the states that have made the deepest cuts in public education are those with Republican-dominated legislatures, many of which at the same time awarded tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.
Conservatives are appropriating the language of the civil rights movement to accomplish a goal that has nothing to do with rescuing poor African-American students from low-quality education. Too many on the left aren't following along.
We must urge our media to convey agency to black men and boys themselves, not just to reinforce negative stereotypes. We all lose if we are told only about the disparities and not the achievements and successes of Black men and boys.