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.
In 2013, advocates for education "reform" doubled-down on the idea that test scores and rankings should drive policy. But this approach ignores the real needs of students. 2014, an election year, is an opportunity to change that approach
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.
A Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education held on Dec. 9 in over 100 sites took on many forms, but there were common grievances. The range of locations and number of participants are testament to the breadth and depth of complaints.
The idea of getting successful teachers to work in schools that poor kids attend is not without merit. An important new document lays out a view of how to achieve a equitable distribution of good teachers.
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.
Local schools are being ground into pieces by twin political augers of government austerity and top-down, corporate-backed 'reform.' Opposition to this status quo has announced a December 9th National Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education...
Conservatives will continue to fight any effort to muster more federal support of preschool education. The only good way forward is for leaders to act on the courage of their convictions, not demands for compromises.
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.
Michelle Rhee has exemplified the education reform creed of a 'produce or else' mentality relying on student test scores. But new assessment systems have yet to fill the account left barren by the nation’s reluctance to invest in our children.
Whether you’re a big fan of new standards or not, it should be clear that the old way of doing 'education reform' will not work for the Common Core. Yet that seems to be the strategy rolling out...
As the country pivots from the failures of No Child Left Behind, a new coalition of labor and community has formed to press for real education reform based on values that made public education an enduring American institution to begin with.
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.
NBC Education Nation's guest panelists have troubling track records on education. But none rises to the level of direct harm that Lloyd Blankfein has meted out to the nation's youngest citizens.
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.
Hardly a week goes by without news of a scandal or a study tarnishing the image of charter schools. These schools need way more scrutiny and, yes, government regulation. But the charter school myth is hard to crack.
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.
Philadelphia has become the site where the nation's drift away from its founding ideals is most acutely obvious which is why it is important to get the narrative straight.
Regardless of what you think about the new Common Core State Standards and their ability to assess what students "really need," there's little doubt that students who took recent tests based on the standards were set up to fail.
Last week’s midair disintegration of a high-flying apparatchik in the movement known as education “reform” is still making headlines in local press and the national media. Tony Bennett was a […]
[The following is from a talk given at a meeting of the Young Elected Officials last week in Washington, D.C.] Thanks for having me here today. I’m feeling a little […]
A mantra recited by those who pride themselves as adherents to a movement known as “education reform” is that for too long policies governing public schools have favored “the adults” […]
After years of inaction on rewriting the nation’s centerpiece legislation governing public schools, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed “The Student Success Act” by a mostly partisan vote […]
“No excuse” has been a mantra from people who present themselves as advocates for “reforming” America’s public schools. And the term is a “pillar” of more than one popular charter […]
Too often, when it comes to determining whether a new public program is too expensive or not, no one asks, “Compared to what?” What high-performing business, for instance, would forego […]
The end of another school year is leaving a bad taste in many people’s mouths. A steady diet of government austerity and top-down “accountability” mandates have left numerous communities across […]
As a populist wave of discontent with top-down education mandates continues to sweep the country, more than 25,000 concerned citizens have coalesced behind an Education Declaration to Rebuild America. If […]
The growing revolution against top-down education mandates based on high-stakes testing and standardization has been building over the months into a widespread Education Spring. Every revolution needs a declaration calling […]
With the 59th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education rapidly receding, it’s important to remember that the original purpose of federal intervention in local education was to guarantee access […]
Well, someone in the mainstream media finally had to ask the question. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, on his “All In” program on May 24, covered the forced closing of 50 public […]
In three days of protests over the weekend and lapping into Monday, people who look like they would be involved in a civil rights cause were protesting against the city's decision to close their neighborhood schools.
“It’s always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts,” wrote John Tierny in The Atlantic recently. “I’m not an expert on revolutions,” he continued, “but even I […]
By now it's become clear to anyone willing to pay attention that our nation's obsession over education standards and testing has gotten out of hand.
Cuts to government spending like the now-reviled “sequester” are not only “dumb” as my colleague Robert Borosage explained this week. They are literally making us dumber. What’s dumb is to […]
There have been plenty of negative reactions to last week’s defeat of gun regulation in the U.S. Senate. In his Rose Garden address, President Obama was incredulous that legislation favored by 90 percent of Americans couldn't get 60 votes.