In the current environment of forced scarcity, public-school parents are not only treated like criminals in education budget battles, they end up picking up more of the cost of this public service, too.
"There is no reason to trust this woman," is what NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia says about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons not to trust her, based on her dark-money past and her current behavior.
The NEA and NAACP want a moratorium on new charters that aren't subject to democratic governance and aren't supportive of the common good in local communities. Now Democratic leaders to join this call.
After a string of special election defeats, Democrats are retooling their messages about the economy and healthcare. They should update their message on education, too; there's evidence voters would welcome a change.
Local news reports from all across the country drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing bad stuff that our tax dollars fund. Why do both Democrats and Republicans still fetishize them?
A popular tactic for separating "good" charters from the pack of awfulness Trump and DeVos want to unleash is to hold a preference for "nonprofit" charter schools over the profit-making variety. Is there really a difference?
Based on some of her recent hires for the Department of Education, Secretary Betsy DeVos seems intent to ignore students' rights, including protections for LGBT students, women, and the disabled.
Research shows there is a direct correlation between what we spend on schools and how well our students perform. But our elected leaders continue to slash taxes instead, and redirect more funds to unfounded experiments like charter schools.
In defending her budget, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos refuses to answer whether, under her watch, federal dollars would go to schools denying admittance to African-American and LGBTQ students.
Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses, and tell you it's an education "transformation." She's eager to "get Washington and the Federal bureaucracy out of the way," but she wants you to pay for it.
Joe Padilla and Egle Malinauskaite are part of a group marching 200 miles from Chicago to the Illinois State Legislature in Springfield. They hope to break a logjam that has kept Illinois without a state budget for more than two years.
The Trump administration plans to cut programs for low-income school kids and college students to stoke the coffers of privately-operated schools and private lenders who profit from college debts.
Proponents of school choice claim it's not about results. Choice is for choice's sake, they say. But choices parents make about their children's education don’t just affect their children; they affect us all.
Trump and DeVos have put Democratic charter school advocates in a bind. Dems are trying to differentiate themselves with misleading claims about how the charter industry works, as in David Leonhardt's recent New York Times op-ed.
The Build Schools, Not Walls campaign kicked off this week in unison with the massive May 1st actions for worker and immigrant rights. The theme: Instead of separating families and building walls, we must invest in our schools.
Student Action is countering the agenda to undermine public education put forth by Trump and Betsy DeVos with a grassroots campaign in states for free higher education that addresses the root causes driving the college debt crisis.
So far, Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has sent numerous signs she is assembling a staff and laying down a policy mindset that seems indifferent – if not outright averse – to the needs of nonwhite students.
Schools in low-income communities like Erie don’t have the resources to offer students opportunities that are available in wealthier areas. It’s important to know who to blame for the financial roadblocks to student achievement.
Resistance Recess is an opportunity for you to sound the alarm about what is happening to public education. A new communications tool has all the talking points and in-depth research you need to advocate for public schools.
Betsy DeVos tells parents they would do better by sending their kids to privately-run schools. But what types of schools would she prefer? Based on the religious and rapper-run schools DeVos visits, the possibilities are frightening.
Neil Gorsuch's court opinions reveal a pattern of antipathy toward students with disabilities. We must oppose his approval to the Supreme Court, as it would cement neglect for the vulnerable in legal precedent for generations to come.
The anger public school advocates have for Trump's proposed education budget cuts is well-deserved. But the target for their anger should not be just the extent of the cuts but also how the cuts are being pitched to the public.
Our public schools are not failing. They're being attacked. And the weapon of choice in the assault is the English language. Here's how we fight back.
DeVos has called public schools a “dead end,” but now as Secretary of Education, she’s all for them. Or so she says. But it's likely what DeVos means by "public schools" is different from what you and I think.
Both sides in the current education debate assume real progress can't come from schools themselves, but must be imposed by outside folks who aren't professional educators. What if that assumption is wrong?
A new report shows Trump's push to make public schools compete for funding is driven by ideology rather than evidence that school choice actually improves the lives of children.
In his address to Congress, Trump praised a guest in the audience who used a Florida tax credit scholarship to attend a private Christian school whose fundamentalist curriculum teaches creationism and the innate inferiority of Africans.
A school voucher program is on President Trump's’s agenda — but it’s not being called that. There are reasons for this deception, and it’s important for progressives to understand Trump's scheme before the public debate starts.
As her misspellings and gaffes make amusing headlines, Betsy DeVos's stumbles right out of the gate are disturbing omens of what may be in store for the nation's schools.
Betsy DeVos won her contest in the Senate to become the new U.S. Secretary of Education but likely killed a long-standing political consensus on education. Its death gives progressives a chance to push for something better.
Senate Democrats, channeling public opposition to Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education while venting their own outrage over her lack of qualifications for the job, are occupying the Senate floor for 24 hours.
The unprecedented opposition to education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos is less about politics and more about a struggle over the soul of education in America. Regardless of how the vote turns out, this fight will continue.
In her charitable giving, her financial investments, and the rhetoric she uses to express her intentions as education secretary, Betsy DeVos has signaled support for teaching intelligent design in schools as an alternative to evolution.
Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos is President Trump's most-protested cabinet appointment. It's possible that most, if not all, Democrats will vote against her confirmation.
Rural schools are in trouble. But their problems will not be solved by the plan President Trump and his education nominee Betsy DeVos have to create more charter schools and voucher programs. That option will only make things worse.
At her confirmation hearing for US secretary of education, Betsy DeVos claimed to support accountability. But there's ample evidence–based on her record in Michigan and on how charters operate in general–there's no reason to believe her
It's not surprising someone who has never been a teacher, never run a school, never served as a public official official overseeing education, and never been engaged in scholarly work on education is not well versed in education policy.
Trump's nominating Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education risks “reigniting the education wars,” says teachers union leader Randi Weingarten. Indeed, Democrats in Congress are showing an uncharacteristically unified front in opposing her
From a political standpoint, the education reform agenda has been bipartisan because it had to be. Republicans needed Democrats in their inside game to help push ideas for privatization through government channels. Now, that's changed.
The naked power grab by Republicans in North Carolina has shocked the nation. But few people understand that a struggle over public education is at the center of the fight against an authoritarian government in the era of Donald Trump