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.
Republican state lawmakers are seizing control of schools and school districts and overriding local governance of education. But if elected school boards are the problem, are state takeovers the solution? A new report says "No."
The current narrative about our public education policy – at least the one we’ve been hearing for the past 20 years – no longer works. Fortunately, a new narrative is emerging from outside the usual sources.
National School Choice Week is staged this time of year to elevate charter schools and vouchers. What we see in Detroit is increasing evidence of the “school choice” American communities really have. What kind of “choice” is this?
No-excuse schools are the trend in big-city districts struggling with poverty. But that trend is generating a backlash from progressive-minded educators and community members that may soon have the rule of law behind it.
Earlier this month, news about a U.S. Supreme Court case raised concerns for progressives everywhere – for good reason. If the court upholds the plaintiffs in the Friedrichs case, that will hurt our children’s education.
Americans say they care about the well-being of kids. But it’s increasingly harder to see that sentiment reflected in policy. But there are recent examples of adults taking actions in the best interest of children.
After years of attacks on teachers and public education, Americans are catching up to the real story in our schools. 2015 was the year that forever transformed the hegemonic control so-called reformers have had on education policy
Keep an eye this year on competitive governor races, more charter school controversy, the Friedrichs Supreme Court case, the Chicago teachers strike, and the ongoing resistance to testing.
The issue that remains mostly unaddressed in education policy is the massive under-funding of public schools. Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools than they did in 2008.
A new report shines a light into how charter schools have become a parallel school system, populated with enterprises and individuals who work in secret to suck money out of public education.
Do unions protect bad teachers from being fired, harm the quality of the teacher workforce long term, and do little to advance student outcomes? A recent study answers all three questions, “No.”
There are things to like and dislike about the Every Student Succeeds Act the House just passed, but instead of celebrating it, we should pause to reflect on where we are in the evolution of education policy compared to where we should be
Hillary Clinton recently shook up the education policy world when she challenged one of the pillars of the education establishment: the linking of teachers' job evaluations and pay to how students perform on standardized tests.
How can someone make a decision about a school they’ve never even walked into? That question is at the heart of Kristina Rizga’s terrific new book "Mission High," a story about how schools succeed despite bad policies.
Cartoonist Mark Fiore's latest video is a satirical look at the deeply serious issue of corporate charter school chains and their campaign to drain resources from public schools for their own bottom line.
Although Democrats are disappointed by recent off-year election results, they need to learn from progressive victories when education was the issue and communities bucked the influences of big money.
The conventional wisdom supporting the market competition of charter schools is being questioned, this time from the most unlikely source – presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
There is an urgent need to change the nation’s federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Now, there’s some evidence a revision to NCLB may be in the offing
Anyone who believes that cracking down harder on neighborhood schools and pushing for privately operated charters are the necessary “reforms” our education system needs has to admit this past week was a huge downer.