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The Debate and the Evidence on the Impact of NCLB

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 03.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

There is currently a flurry of debate focused on the question of whether "NCLB worked." This question, which surfaces regularly in the education field, is particularly salient in recent weeks, as Congress holds hearings on reauthorizing the law.

The Best School Choice: The More Parents Know, the Better

Curtis Valentine | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Curtis Valentine

My role as an unapologetic advocate for public education in the most affluent predominately African-American county in America often turns a trip to the park into a lesson on why large public education systems struggle, and why successful parents may be asking the wrong questions before making choices for their children.

It's All About the Children

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Pocan

House Republicans ironically named their No Child Left Behind reauthorization bill the Student Success Act, which attempts to gut our public education system and take vital funding away from the neediest students. This bill is paving the way for the privatization of education through the expansion of voucher programs.

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the Senate education committee members should adopt FEA's proposals and report out an ESEA reauthorization bill that finally provides hope for America's millions of disadvantaged students.

The High Stakes of Life and Death

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

I became an educator because I believe in the power of schools to change people's lives and to ensure a more equitable society for all. Yet high stakes tests have only furthered the inequity by punishing schools and communities that are already struggling.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

White House Calls GOP Schools Bill A 'Huge Step Backward'

AP | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday pushed back against House Republicans who want to limit the federal government's role in education. I...

Rule No. 84: Diane Ravitch's Other Letter to Lamar Alexander

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian and reform critic Diane Ravitch recently sent an open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander with recommendations for rewriting No Chil...

The Right Fight for Education

Joseph Bishop | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Joseph Bishop

A gulf remains today in our nation between the "haves" and "have-nots," and there are few examples as glaring as the disparities that exist in our public schools.

Why Won't Arne Duncan and Other True Believers in High-Stakes Testing Face Reality?

John Thompson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
John Thompson

As high-stakes testing becomes even more unpopular, we can also anticipate more of his efforts to pretend that it isn't punitive. But the use of test scores to punish is, by definition, the use of tests to punish.

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

Lessons from Chile: Annual Testing in Schools

Gary Anderson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Gary Anderson

While research evidence does not support current pro-choice and high stakes accountability reforms, their ideological appeal seems widespread. Perhaps we can learn from a country in which these neoliberal policies were imposed before they became prominent in the U.S.

Education Trust: Profoundly Gates-funded, Test-driven-reform Machine

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

For all of the corporate reform nonprofits that I have researched for accepting Gates operating support money, none has exceeded the millions Gates has paid to Education Trust.

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

Peter Greene | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.

Driving for Equity -- in What?

Kati Haycock | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Count me among those who applaud the new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on enforcing fair access to critical educational resources. Fo...

Education Reform and Evidence

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Public policy for public education is destroying it. Wholesale. That's the only conclusion I can draw from screening "Rise Above the Mark," a new documentary designed to spark a much-needed conversation about what is happening to public education.

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

Education Next's Paul Peterson: Common Core Got the Bum Rap -- Just Like Poor NCLB Did

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The folks at EdNext really love charters and vouchers that drain authentic public schools of their funding all the while escaping the "accountability" so-called "reform" demands of those flunky, traditional public schools.

The New Yorker Nails the Real Lesson of the Atlanta Testing Scandal

John Thompson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Our children are being robbed of opportunities for real learning, and being socialized into the reward, punish, and silence work culture of the Atlanta schools and other systems dominated by fear and compliance.

Education Reform: A National Delusion

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.

Vergara Decision Is Latest Attempt To Blame Teachers And Weaken Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The one thing that does seem certain is that, contrary to the victory claims of hedge fund managers and right-wing editorial writers, no student will gain anything as a result of this decision.

A Chemistry Book Is Not a Novel

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The NCLB focus on literacy has had the perhaps unintended consequence of emphasizing reading and writing fiction or autobiographical material.

I Am a Nothing Mom

Karen Paperno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Karen Paperno

I am the guardian of my children's souls, and I have been fighting against the system for years to no avail. The only way I can effectively fight is by opting out. No afterschool activities. No SAT testing. No sad Kumon. No tutoring. No "checking" their homework.

Mixing Education With Politics

Peter Greene | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's a great line, usually attributed to Rev. Gene Carlson of Wichita, about religion getting involved in politics: When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.