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.
Fairness in school funding is "the sleeper civil rights issue of our time." But it's clear from a new report by the Education Law Center that this issue comes with a loud alarm.
School cafeteria worker Della Curry was recently fired in Aurora, Colo. for giving a lunch to a child whose parents fell behind on their school lunch bill. Here's why that should never happen.
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.
Research associates at the Economic Policy Institute this week detailed how a steep recession and the anemic recovery that followed have left college graduates with the worst job prospects in 70 years.
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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders introduces bills that would allow every public college and university in the United States to offer free tuition, paid for with a small tax on financial transactions.
As we move to restore the American idea of free public higher education, let's not forget the 41 million Americans who were burdened with $1.3 trillion in the few short decades when our nation lost sight of it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Senate’s foremost advocate for lowering student debt and lowering the cost of college, received a petition signed by over 240,000 people that called on Congress to "Cancel All Student Debt."
African-American students are more likely to take on education debt than their white, Latino, or Asian-American peers, and thus they suffer more of the negative effects. The Middle Class Prosperity Project explores the problem.
Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
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'
If the word “crisis” seems dramatic to you, you haven't been paying attention. The Federal Reserve recently released new data on student debt, and it shows that the situation is even worse than many people realized.
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.
The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.