Is Segregation The New School Choice

I remember the day that the poor kids showed up at our school. It was in 1964. Classes had already started, and I was in second grade, surrounded by my familiar friends from my mostly white, mostly well-to-do, suburban neighborhood in North Dallas.
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Its Boxing Day

For a ten-year stretch in my life I was fortunate to spend every Christmas in Jamaica. In Jamaica, Christmas is a far more modest affair than it is here in […]
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When Lessons From Education Reform Go Unlearned

One good thing you can say about 2011 is that it is a year in which lots of wrong-headed undertakings finally came to their ignominious conclusions — including, among others, […]
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No Country For Young Children

When you call yourself a “historian,” you create the implication that you can speak authoritatively about, well, history. But last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defied that common sense. […]
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What Happens When The Edu-Bubble Bursts

Heard the term “edu-bubble” yet? Chances are you will soon. No doubt you’ve heard of the “dot-com bubble.” And if you’re like millions of Americans, you may be currently experiencing […]
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Republicans Resuscitate Dead Education Talking Points

Getting a Republican presidential candidate to extend a compliment to Barack Obama is about as rare as getting an economist to admit he miscalculated the housing bubble. But late last […]
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NCLB Dies Zombie Education Reforms Live On

With the collapse of the No Child Left Behind policy that has driven American education policy for at least the past decade, one would think that our nation’s leaders would […]
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Starving The Schools Of The 99

Last week’s release of the report Starving America’s Schools: How Budget Cuts and Policy Mandates Are Hurting Our Nation’s Students set the stage for this week’s chorus line calling for […]
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Where Is The Middle Ground In The Education Debate

By the time that July slips slowly off the calendar, events this month — culminating with an upcoming teacher/parent-organized march on the nation’s capital — will have clarified all too […]
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Back To School Investing In Distraction

Back to School: Investing In Distraction My guest today is Sabrina Stevens Shupe. Sabrina is a teacher, writer, and activist who has worked with students in struggling communities in Philadelphia […]
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Save Our Schools March About The Soul Of Education

If aliens from another planet landed in the U.S. this weekend they would likely assume that the people inhabiting this place are completely obsessed with one thing and one thing […]
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You Cant Waive The Reality Of Our Public Schools

So much for the “New Washington Consensus on Education”. Education policy, we were told by conservative leaders merely six months ago, was a ” redeeming feature” of the Obama administration […]
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Please Dont Roll Out This School Reform

Ask yourself if this is the type of school you’d like for your son or daughter: * At one charter school, an array of 48 “infractions”– such as “Lying/falsehood” and […]
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The NEA And Our Absurd Education Debate

Down here on the ground in public schools, what school children, parents, and teachers are experiencing are the first tremors of what will likely be seismic shifts in the reality […]
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Public Educations Shock Doctrine Summer Rolls Out

As American public education arrives at the summer of its discontent, we have to contemplate how a system that has already had over 201,600 jobs wrung from its payrolls since […]
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The Values Of Education Get Lost In The Numbers

Just as climate scientists warn Americans to brace for a long hot summer, anyone paying attention to the nation’s public schools can expect a summer of more of the same, […]
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Cuts For School Kids But More Tax Dollars For Tests

While America’s political leaders happily take a meat axe to our nation’s public school system, the national media continues to turn our gaze toward more pressing issues. But down here […]
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Education Cuts That Hurt The Most

Any experienced first-grade teacher can tell you how to spot the new kids in class who’ve never been exposed to books. They often don’t know where to start with a […]
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How The Right Wing Schools Education Reformists

Now that No Child Left Behind has become the butt of popular ridicule, and the prospect of forging a new consensus on education policy in DC seems doubtful, you would […]
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Whats Behind the War on Class Size

To all those out there who are clamoring for “market-based” approaches to education reform, please tell me this: What kind of a business slashes inventory in the face of increasing […]
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Obama Gets It Right On Education – Really

Last week, President Obama gave us a clear perspective of what’s wrong with current education policies and a positive vision for where they should be going. In a townhall meeting, […]
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On School Reform Michelle Rhee and Democracy

On Tuesday Sam Seder and I had a brief discussion during his daily web broadcast The Majority Report that touched on some points I made in my post here last […]
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The Empty Rhetoric of School Reform

It’s getting really hard to look at the distorted rhetoric of today’s debate about public schools and NOT see it in the same whorish light as other political discussions of […]
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