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.
The Education department, in a dramatic policy shift, admitted it has encouraged an overreliance on standardized testing in schools. But aside from the astonishing new rhetoric, what will the department actually do?
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.
The differences between the college financing plans offered by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are important – both for their impact on the middle class, and for what they tell us about the candidates.
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.
Many seniors' Social Security benefits are being garnished to continue to pay student loans they took out a lifetime ago. But student debt activists and seniors are now joining together to say “Enough!” Join us.
Of all of the presidential candidates, none are in a better position to understand the role for-profit colleges play in driving student debt upward than Donald Trump.
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.
In the near future we can expect a flood of stories about "scores" on the Common Core tests. But these will be wildly misleading because the numbers that will be released are not actually test "scores."
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."
Only one in seven children who get help with food at school continue to get the food they need from summer programs. Many programs in low-income communities don’t qualify for summer meals under the current rules.
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?
Close to 200,000 people on Social Security are having their Social Security checks garnished by student debt creditors. It's time to forgive education loans for people on Social Security.
At Netroots Nation, a panel explores how to make our $1.2 trillion mountain of student loan debt a top political issue, and how to turn the 43 million people with student loan debt into a political movement.
The deal that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reached with European Union leaders seems less a bailout of Greece's economy and more of a prelude to an overthrow of the leftist Syrzia majority running the country.
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.
Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley issued his debt-free college solution Wednesday, following on the heels of a proposal by candidate Bernie Sanders. This is a major coup for grassroots activists across the country.
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.
Positive university ratings from accreditation agencies often don't reflect reality. That has prompted Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to ask sharp questions.
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.
In an interview with Capital & Main, Reich calls for moving to a system of free higher education. And he, along with the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, offers common-sense ways to make that possible.
The testing/data mania in education is not only failing to measure how well schools are serving their students, it is acting as a smokescreen that covers up the real problems in public education.
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.
Those who signed in support of a debt-free college resolution “urge Hillary Clinton and all Democrats to make big ideas like debt-free college central to their 2016 campaigns.”
The Department of Education announcement of debt relief for students left hanging by bankrupt for-profit college comes with bureaucratic hoops that blunts the impact of what would otherwise be a victory.