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.
As the granddaughter of a Mississippi sharecropper who worked her way from "lunch lady" to teachers' union president, Lily Eskelsen García has a message for progressives on why we should listen to teachers.
Very little is known about how charter schools have spent over $3.7 billion the federal government has used to fuel expansion of the charter industry since 1995. Millions has gone to charter schools that were quickly closed or never opened
Why did Democratic Party presidential candidates skip a forum hosted by ex-CNN anchor Campbell Brown, who operates a media outlet that promotes charter schools and other education policies favored by the rich?
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan never was an educator. But his replacement John King was, so there's evidence of how he treats children under his direct control. And it’s not a pretty sight to behold.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan's surprise announcement to leave in December is driving lots of headlines and commentary, but an important story that broke three days before is lost in the media clutter.
In New York City, for the first time ever, school opened with every child who wanted pre-k getting a seat. Yet, instead of giving Mayor de Blasio credit for this, education "reformers" oppose him at every turn.
If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thought running for President of the United States was a big challenge, he may be facing an even more imposing contest back in his home state in Milwaukee
Striking teachers in Seattle appear to have been victorious in getting most of their demands met – because their demands were undoubtedly in the best interests of the students.
As governor, Jeb Bush put South Florida squarely at the forefront of the charter school bonanza – and the rise of the charters as big business brought with it new and special forms of corruption and chaos.
Operating under the mask of being purely ‘public,’ charter schools haven’t faced the scrutiny they warrant. Now, the Washington state Supreme Court ruling has stripped the mask away.
As schools across Pennsylvania open their doors for the new school year, there’s one district in the state where teachers will be hard at work even though they’re not likely to get paid.
Twelve members of a coalition to save a local, public school in Chicago, Dyett High School, are in the 17th day of a hunger strike. Here’s why their local grievances deserve national concern
When his father had Alzheimer’s, Jonathan Kozol learned how bleak gerontological care can be and found that at the heart of its dysfunction is a way of thinking that parallels what's wrong with education policy.
The big annual poll on how Americans view public schools and education policy is out, and people who are eager to don the mantle of “education reform” might want to rethink their wardrobe
Congressman Mark Takano explains why even progressive Democrats fall for phony education reform. "if you liken education to bean counting, that’s not going to work."
As the ranks of Florida charter schools have swollen, the pathway out of poverty these schools were supposed to provide now looks more like a detour to exploitation and profit-making.
The antipathy, or apathy, politicians like some of the Republican presidential candidates have toward teachers derives from the reality that politicians tend to have unreal expectations about teachers and what they do.
We know teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions. So why do we keep doing things that make teachers more stressed out and unhappy with their work?
As anti-democratic pressures on school governance appear to be easing on the federal front, states across the country are enacting the next form of education “reform” that may be as bad or worse
Despite what The Washington Post says, students and families have been ill-served by the current secretary of education, and the federal government's role in education policy may be forever diminished.