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.
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.