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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Is This The End Of Education Austerity?

Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the unmentionable: Spend more money on public education.
Jeff Bryant
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Liberate 41 Million Americans From Student Loan Debt

A student debt “jubilee” would reflect both the values upon which this nation was founded and the economic principles that have sustained it through its greatest periods of growth and prosperity.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Richard Eskow
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Why The Test Debate Is About Politics, Not Education

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.
Jeff Bryant
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Education’s Newsmaker Of The Year: Charter School Scandals

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
Jeff Bryant
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Why People Are ‘Walking In’ For Public 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.
Jeff Bryant
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Can We Stop Using Tests To Drive Education Reform?

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?"
Jeff Bryant
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