Democrats Must Oppose Republicans On Education

A funny thing happened on the way to the news cycle the past two weeks when the issue of education -- specifically, public schoolteachers and student loan relief -- maintained a presence on the political stage.
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Romney Obama Vie For Who Can Hurt Education The Worst

In this week's round in the nation's presidential contest, education got tossed into the ring and slapped around by the opposing candidates and their spokespeople. Who won the round is anyone's guess, but poor education got mauled in the process and tossed into the spit bucket.
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Teacher Depreciation Week

It was Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Unfortunately, someone forgot the appreciation part. President Obama, for one, kicked off the week by proclaiming that from now on the week would also (instead?) be forever known as National Charter Schools Week.
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Why Democrats Should Oppose Parent Trigger Laws

Last week in Florida there was an important victory for progressive Democrats that not many Democrats know about. Even worse, most Democrats may not even be aware why this was a victory.
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Get Ready For The Edu-Debt Crisis

This week the US House of Representatives, with bipartisan support, passed a bill, H.R. 2117, with the misleading title of The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act.
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Can Democrats Find The Front In The Education Wars

Conventional wisdom among the Very Serious People in Washington DC has long maintained that the severely punitive nature of current policies governing America's public schools cannot be called an "attack" on those institutions or the teachers who inhab
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Obama Democrats Still Grasping For A Populist Pitch For Education

Reflecting on last night's State of the Union address to the nation, most opinion outlets are declaring that President Obama is now more overtly resorting to a "populist message" to rally Democrats and appeal to independents who are frustrated with st
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Is Segregation The New School Choice

I remember the day that the poor kids showed up at our school. It was in 1964. Classes had already started, and I was in second grade, surrounded by my familiar friends from my mostly white, mostly well-to-do, suburban neighborhood in North Dallas.
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Its Boxing Day

For a ten-year stretch in my life I was fortunate to spend every Christmas in Jamaica. In Jamaica, Christmas is a far more modest affair than it is here in […]
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When Lessons From Education Reform Go Unlearned

One good thing you can say about 2011 is that it is a year in which lots of wrong-headed undertakings finally came to their ignominious conclusions — including, among others, […]
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No Country For Young Children

When you call yourself a “historian,” you create the implication that you can speak authoritatively about, well, history. But last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defied that common sense. […]
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What Happens When The Edu-Bubble Bursts

Heard the term “edu-bubble” yet? Chances are you will soon. No doubt you’ve heard of the “dot-com bubble.” And if you’re like millions of Americans, you may be currently experiencing […]
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Republicans Resuscitate Dead Education Talking Points

Getting a Republican presidential candidate to extend a compliment to Barack Obama is about as rare as getting an economist to admit he miscalculated the housing bubble. But late last […]
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NCLB Dies Zombie Education Reforms Live On

With the collapse of the No Child Left Behind policy that has driven American education policy for at least the past decade, one would think that our nation’s leaders would […]
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Starving The Schools Of The 99

Last week’s release of the report Starving America’s Schools: How Budget Cuts and Policy Mandates Are Hurting Our Nation’s Students set the stage for this week’s chorus line calling for […]
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Where Is The Middle Ground In The Education Debate

By the time that July slips slowly off the calendar, events this month — culminating with an upcoming teacher/parent-organized march on the nation’s capital – will have clarified all too […]
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Back To School Investing In Distraction

Back to School: Investing In Distraction My guest today is Sabrina Stevens Shupe. Sabrina is a teacher, writer, and activist who has worked with students in struggling communities in Philadelphia […]
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Save Our Schools March About The Soul Of Education

If aliens from another planet landed in the U.S. this weekend they would likely assume that the people inhabiting this place are completely obsessed with one thing and one thing […]
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You Cant Waive The Reality Of Our Public Schools

So much for the “New Washington Consensus on Education”. Education policy, we were told by conservative leaders merely six months ago, was a ” redeeming feature” of the Obama administration […]
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Please Dont Roll Out This School Reform

Ask yourself if this is the type of school you’d like for your son or daughter: * At one charter school, an array of 48 “infractions”– such as “Lying/falsehood” and […]
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The NEA And Our Absurd Education Debate

Down here on the ground in public schools, what school children, parents, and teachers are experiencing are the first tremors of what will likely be seismic shifts in the reality […]
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Public Educations Shock Doctrine Summer Rolls Out

As American public education arrives at the summer of its discontent, we have to contemplate how a system that has already had over 201,600 jobs wrung from its payrolls since […]
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The Values Of Education Get Lost In The Numbers

Just as climate scientists warn Americans to brace for a long hot summer, anyone paying attention to the nation’s public schools can expect a summer of more of the same, […]
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School Cuts And Reforms Feed The Prison Pipeline

As educators close out this school year and go into planning mode for the next, what many of them truly dread is the fiscal nightmare being handed to them by […]
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