Comedian John Oliver revealed how often charter schools are poorly, even criminally, operated, and the charter industry missed the crux of his argument that there might be something fundamentally wrong with the schools.
Back-to-school supply lists are likely longer than ever. But the lack of funding for basic school supplies is just the most obvious sign of America's growing and deepening crisis in education funding.
Two recent events showcase exactly how the populist fervor in the nation is redrawing the education policy landscape, and more specifically, rewriting the story of the roll out of charter schools in our communities.
In reviewing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s education policy chops, what’s in his record may not be as important as what isn’t: the current education 'reform' establishment’s policy checklist.
Progress on racial integration achieved during the civil rights period has gradually eroded. But in places like Little Rock, Ark., where progress started in 1957, the conflict continues; only the actors have changed.
Mike Pence has implemented many of the same education policies Democrats have promoted for years. But in calling out Pence as an "extremist," is Hillary Clinton signaling there may be shifts in her party’s education agenda?
800 advocates for “the people’s education” gathered at the Lincoln Memorial last week, where speakers who included Diane Ravitch and Rev. William Barber placed the fight to save public schools in the context of social justice advocacy.
Bernie Sanders supporters teamed up with those of Hillary Clinton to change how the Democratic Party platform addresses the charter school industry's threat to public education. Charter supporters aren't happy.
Many are saying that this year's Democratic platform may be the most progressive the party has ever had. But is it progressive on education? Let's weigh the evidence.
Progressive activists will throng the Lincoln Memorial to listen to Rev. William Barber II, education historian Diane Ravitch and other prominent voices rally the nation in support of the public education students deserve.
Cities and towns are required to offer citizens a free education. That doesn’t mean that schools aren’t fair game for privatization. Detroit’s system incentivized a predatory sector to move into the city to get a good return on investment.
We're told schools need to be in step with the needs of businesses, and that education is "an investment" that gets a "return." The language of education policy is saturated in business values. But the truth is most businesses fail.
Denver is being widely hailed as the next model of "education reform" for other urban districts. But of the 27 charter schools the city has opened in the past five years, at least 40 percent are performing below expectations.
Although, the issue of charter schools has barely been addressed in the presidential contest, there’s little doubt the subject is a matter of intense and bitter debate down ticket.
High school graduation season is in bloom, but in some places, parents with children still in school have to worry about conditions in the schools they'll return to in the fall – or even if schools will open at all.
Outrage over the Trump University documents should go beyond the scam itself to acknowledge the lesson of this fraud: Profit-making and education are a bad mix for all except the few who are able to bank the results.
Michele Obama on Friday may commend City College of New York graduates for their effort to "reach higher" in education. Let's hope she also tells policy leaders and public officials to reach higher to fund it.
Regardless of how you feel about charter schools, because of the way they've been forged in the crucible of politics, they've become much more political beings than they are institutions of education.
Conservatives have chosen public schools as the battleground to attack transgender student rights because that is one of the few places where the nation's diversity comes together to engage in its most collaborative endeavor.
We've drifted away from talking about education as "essential infrastructure." That's a mistake, and our students, and the nation's future, are worse off for it.
Frontline educators are committed to students and satisfied with schools but are deeply frustrated with how they’re being treated. The discontent is the continuation of a long and alarming trend that has negative effects on students.
A bill introduced by a Republican in Congress would cut the availability of federally subsidized lunches to hungry children in public schools. The bill is still in committee, but it’s not too early to tell Congress you oppose this.
Protests in North Carolina against HB2, the infamous “bathroom law” limiting protections for LGBT people, made national headlines. But there's another wave of protest actions in the Tarheel State you should know about.
Due to school voucher programs, such as the one Congress is voting on for Washington, D.C., religious schools get large amounts of public tax dollars to fund religion-based curricula.
Teacher shortages are spiking and job dissatisfaction among teachers is at an all-time high. Now a new survey points to another contributor to low teacher morale: their evaluations.
The Every Student Succeeds Act had wide, bipartisan support, but its real effect will be determined by its interpretation. Charter school advocates want it interpreted their way.
The Flint, Mich., water crisis prompted school officials in many places to test classroom sinks and cafeteria faucets for lead. What they found was alarming – and calls for nationwide action.
For years, teachers' unions have been blamed for the fact that disadvantaged children are often taught by under-credentialed, less-experienced teachers. A new report shows the blame needs to be pinned somewhere else.
The Panama Papers show how wealthy people avoid paying taxes. But tax avoidance at a much smaller scale is actually quite commonplace right where you live, and the effects are most consequential on the least powerful in our society.
April ushers in the beginning of testing season in public schools across the nation. But the tests don’t serve purposes that are as clear and reasonable as their advocates would have us believe.
After years of declarations that “government is the problem” and we should “drown it in a bathtub,” new reports reveal that years of hating government are taking their toll on government services essential to children.
When Bernie Sanders fielded a question about charter schools, his answer left a lot of folks scratching their heads. But charter schools do inhabit a sort of twilight zone in the legal distinction of what is public versus what is private.
Stories about local communities being devastated by business decisions made in distant headquarters have become a staple of this era. But what if that story isn't just about businesses? What if the story is about a closed public school?
The Massachusetts senator is calling out the U.S. Department of Education for a significant part of its role in being complicit with college loan debt-rigging.
Hearing how our potential leaders might take on the real crisis at hand – the inadequacy of how our education system is funded – might take the whole nation in a direction closer to more meaningful change.
At last week's 2016 United Opt Out Conference, organizers and activists gathered in Philadelphia to renew their commitment to fight the influence of standardized testing and expand their protests to include more communities of color.
A new survey of voters across the country reveals growing concerns about charter schools. The poll found the public generally opposes expansion of charters and strongly supports a wide range of charter school reforms.
Because the original bargain of education reform was broken at the outset, let’s free the conversation of the constraints of that deal and instead consider what we can do to support education equity.
Signs continue to indicate momentum for a new emerging education policy narrative that treats student poverty as a real issue to be addressed rather than as an excuse to be dismissed – underscored in the relaunch of a schools initiative.
This week, thousands of supporters of public education demonstrated in a series of “walk-in” protests in over 30 cities and 900 schools. What these protests tell us is a hard, bitter truth about our schools.