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.
States are struggling to pass budgets, often because state leaders refuse to fund education. Some of the individual actions these state governments are taking are just atrocious.
A fight over school governance in Jefferson County, Colo., reveals the powerful forces who want to call the shots in education systems strained by unending austerity and an unremitting "reform" agenda.
As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing stories about the great education progress made in New Orleans. You should be very suspicious of this marketing campaign.
So far, one party is doubling down on continuing failed accountability policies, while the other party calls for an investment agenda to relieve years of grueling austerity and ineffective policy branded as "reform."
Government officials for years have pledged to make public education more accountable. Yet that accountability didn't seem to apply to charter schools. A coalition of organizations now says this has to stop.
As the policy battle over mandatory testing is waged across the nation, new evidence of a real civil rights concern is being completely ignored by federal leaders and the policy elite in Washington.
Democrats tend to immediately assert their support for Common Core education standards out of concerns for equity. But Common Core distracts from really doing something about equity.
The movement to resist and reform the nation’s public education policies has become woven into the media narrative of grassroots discontent surging across the country. Some progressives are starting to get this.
Rather than calling for unproven gimmicks like charter schools, advocates for racial equity and social justice would do more for their cause by urging leaders to actually address these problems directly.
California has started to take education policy in a different direction, from fiscal austerity and rigid accountability to more financial support and more power and trust to local authorities.
In today’s education landscape, so dominated by the tyranny of testing, falsifying data is not the only way to ensure high scores. You can falsify education practice itself.
At least one state seems to have missed the war on public schools: California. Could it be that California has found an alternative to the “reform” path that has created so much discontent?
Senators are now advancing a bipartisan revision to the law known as No Child Left Behind. Education policy experts who often don’t agree find something positive in the bill.
What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Rollouts of new tests in practically every state are prompting widespread opposition. Journalists aren’t describing the resistance well but make no mistake; it really is 'something big'
An alphabet soup of new financial vehicles – SLABS, CABS, PPPs, ISAs – created in the edu-debt sphere spells disaster, as Wall Street tightens its control over the education of our future citizens and leaders.
Two years since we heard multiple calls for a progressive education agenda based on equity of opportunity, what we see instead is an education policy landscape mired in controversy and fraught with politics. What went wrong?
Low-information reporters who tackle stories about education should consult with real education experts. But they often don't. The result: An echo chamber of garbage information that often contributes to bad policy.
People with grievances about higher education policy differ in some important ways. But the unifying theme is the same – that We the People should be in control of our education destinies.
A policy that encourages trust and collaboration but enforces verification that includes a two-pronged assessment system of student and systemic outcomes could resolve the testing war
Most people understand that public health policy should be guided not by desires to maximize personal choice but by the need to guarantee public safety and wellbeing. Why should that guarantee be any different for public education?
The bill, the Student Success Act, was written completely by Republicans, passed through committee without any Democratic support, and has already drawn strong opposition from the Obama administration and others.
The civil rights argument for annual testing continues to devolve into circular reasoning: that we need to test every poor black and brown child every year to see what their test scores are.
Bobby Jindal came to the nation’s capital to proclaim a ‘sweeping education plan.’ Unfortunately for Jindal, conservatives in charge of education policy in Louisiana have produced some very troubling results.
Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the unmentionable: Spend more money on public education.
Where can Democrats find clarity in the current debate over how to rewrite No Child Left Behind legislation? Senator Warren has provided a powerful corrective message that Democrats everywhere should heed
A populist message for public education needs input from the populace, not just from Beltway wonks. Democrats must find a populist voice. Maybe Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse just provided it.
Charter school takeovers of public schools in Music City portend a national trend. Public school parents and school board members are fighting back; one parent is "shouting my head off to save our school."
As Republicans present alternatives to the currently untenable situation posed by the current public school testocracy, Democrats aren't going to get footholds simply by saying the tests will get better.
Instead of relegating the New Year to more of the same, let's resolve to make 2015 the year we work on the most important education issue of all – racial and economic inequity.
In 2014, charter schools became known primarily for their ability to concoct innovative new scams. From local stories to national news, charter school scandals of 2014 forever altered the narrative about these schools
New standardized tests hitting most of the nation this school year have been engineered to increase failure rates. But what too few are asking is who really is the failure here.
"Charter schools have been relentlessly marketed as a silver bullet for 'failed' public schools … But as these institutions proliferate, so are troubling reports of what the charter movement has unleashed."