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Ed Today: Diane Ravitch Launches Network For Public Education; Closure News In Philadelphia, Chicago, New York

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Diane Ravitch's New Group On Wednesday morning, a group of education activists across the country -- including Leonie Haimson, Anthony Cody, and Diane Ravitch, the fierce historian-cum-reform-fighter -- announced the launch of the Network for Public Education. The group aims to fight off state advocacy groups such as StudentsFirst and Democrats for Education Reform that push a particular school-related agenda including charter schools and teacher evaluations based, in part, on student test scores.

Who Are the Billionaires Trying to Defeat Steve Zimmer?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

The race for LA's District 4 seat is ground zero in this battle over the corporate take-over of public education. The outcome of Tuesday's election has national implications in terms of the billionaires' battle to reconstruct public education in the corporate mold.

Are Charter Schools Good For Kids? Michelle Rhee Advisor Argues Yes

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Several sources suggested that the move spoke to a broader change in StudentsFirst: a group once extremely self-conscious about its positioning as a bipartisan organization is now more interested in being purist and ideological in implementing its ideas.

Will School Reform Degenerate Into Privatization?

John Thompson | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If true believers in pro-market solutions conclude that their theories failed because public schools are beyond reform, privatization could be the next big solution that exacerbates of educational problems.

Keeping Faith With the Kids: An Interview With Jonathan Kozol

Michael Busch | Posted 12.25.2012 | Books
Michael Busch

I recently talked with Kozol about his new book, the privatization of public schools in the United States, the education policies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the lives of his closest friends in the world -- the children of Fire in the Ashes.

The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Diane Ravitch

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.15.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

I am honored to share the perspectives of Diane Ravitch as we continue the discussion of the issues that we believe will be a priority for the next President of the United States.

The Texas Anti-Testing Revolution

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

High-stakes testing has radicalized Texas soccer moms, including a state chapter of the opt-out movement in which parents of elementary school students defy state law and refuse to submit their children to the tests.

Obama Allies Erred in Provoking the Chicago Teachers Strike

John Thompson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
John Thompson

The Obama education policy certainly isn't an education policy! It is a political gamble designed to beat up on two of the Democrats' most loyal constituencies, teachers and families with children in urban schools, to show the "Billionaires Boys Club" that the administration could be tough on its friends.

Chicago Teachers Union vs. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (The Democrats' Scott Walker?)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education
Joseph A. Palermo

The timing of the strike couldn't be worse for the Democrats, and therefore packs a potent punch nationally because it lays bare how toxic the relationship between teachers and Democratic Party leaders has become in recent years.

Nearly 900 Districts Vie For $400 Million In Federal Ed Grants

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- Nearly 900 school districts across the nation intend to apply for a slice of close to $400 million in grants that the U.S. Education Departme...

The Win-Lose-Win School of Reform

John Thompson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
John Thompson

By now, social science shows how and why the win-lose approach of test-driven "reform" has failed. Now, we must document the costs of these political wins for corporate "reformers."

Private Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. Public Schools

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon NEW YORK, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The investors gathered in a tony private club in Manhattan were eager to hear about the...

Fire Pearson

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

It's getting to the point that politicians are going to have to face what every public-school parent, teacher and administrator in this country knows: high-stakes testing doesn't work.

Joy Resmovits

Weingarten On Detroit Schools Administration: 'They Should Be Embarrassed' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

A few years ago, when Randi Weingarten and her colleagues at the American Federation of Teachers chose to set their 2012 convention in Detroit, the le...

New Orleans Teachers Get Justice, but Schools in Jeopardy

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

In moving toward privatization and free-market ideology, the New Orleans school system has become in many ways much less accountable and less democratic.

Honoring Deborah W. Meier Hero of Education Recipient Diane Ravitch

John Thompson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Education involves the exchange of ideas across diverse communities and across generations. My entire trip was a reminder that our schools must be built on the concept that Jewish people describe as L'Dor V'Dor, or "from generation to generation."

Educating for Democracy: Awakening From the American Dream

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It seems to me that "magical thinking" dominates the words of the easy promisers who present the "American Dream" of the future as if it were a reality today.

To Toot or Not to Toot? For Teachers, That Is the Question

Rae Pica | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Rae Pica

Today's educators are under tremendous pressure and are facing a scrutiny unlike anything they or their predecessors have experienced in the past.

In Defense of Optimism in Education

Wendy Kopp | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Wendy Kopp

Now that there's more concrete evidence than ever before that it is possible to give our nation's most disadvantaged children an excellent education, we have a moral imperative to step up.

No Public Education, No Democracy

Simone Harris | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Simone Harris

Vultures and their corporations are poised to supply the artificial heart of learning to a wounded public school system they fully intend to finish off. But they won't succeed because our communities are going to fight for our beloved schools.

Educating for Democracy: Fitting the School to the Student

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

What is happening is that the teaching profession will become the least desirable for any bright, capable and idealistic student which will result in the further intellectual impoverishment of public schools.

Diane Ravitch Calls Herself A Voice For Teachers, In A Cruel Reform Movement

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Professor Diane Ravitch is a big voice in education policy and a huge critic of No Child Left Behind. Yet, as former Assistant Secreta...

School Choice: It's Not for Everyone, and that's the Problem

Maureen Costello | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

When we talk about school choice -- which is most often associated with charter schools -- we can't let feel-good words and a glitzy campaign prevent us from providing our children with the best education possible.

Dear Ed Schultz

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We could really use your help, Ed. The battle between Chester Upland School District and Gov. Corbett is just a glimpse into the strategic dismantling taking place across the entirety of the American public school system.

The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Nick Rabkin

If more education policymakers begin to recognize the poor returns that school reform has brought, we may, even in this time of deep economic strain, see a new openness to the arts in our schools.