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Playground Rules for the Public Square

Ben Austin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Ben Austin

Anyone who calls themselves a leader in the debate about the future of American public education should adhere to one simple rule: don't say anything in the public square you wouldn't be able to say on an elementary school playground.

National Parents Day -- Celebrating Parent Power

Ben Austin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Ben Austin

For as long as I can remember, parent involvement has been at the heart of almost every major education reform effort.

A Kids First Dialogue: Open Letter to Dr. Diane Ravitch

Ben Austin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ben Austin

Parents, educators, and education advocates have a lot in common when it comes to a kids-first first agenda. But we can never seize that common ground if those with whom we disagree are deemed to be "evil" and sentenced to Hell, as you did last week in your now infamous blog post.

How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If the Waltons really wanted to make positive change in children's educations and lives, they would steer far clear of Michelle Rhee and her troublesome track record.

A Surprising New Twist On Latest Parent-Trigger Effort

San Bernardino County Sun, Calif. | BEAU YARBROUGH | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A group of parents appear ready to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to enact sweeping changes at their elementary school. ...

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.

Board OKs Charter Takeover Of California Public School

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The real-life version of “Won’t Back Down” — the recent movie t...

First 'Parent Trigger' Moves To A Crucial Vote After Court Ruling

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. About nine months ago, at a small park playground a few hundred feet from their children's...

Big Win For Parents In California: Failing School Takeover Approved

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 09.22.2012 | Education

LOS ANGELES — The effort to have parents drive school reform received a substantial boost with a court ordering a San Bernardino County school d...

New And Notable At NewSchools 2012

Alexander Russo | Posted 07.07.2012 | Education
Alexander Russo

We're still waiting for the Howard Fuller and Rahm Emanuel videos but, with the benefit of a couple days to reflect, here are some thoughts about last...

California School Board Blocks Parent Takeover Bid

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education

By Troy Anderson ADELANTO, Calif., March 28 (Reuters) - A group of activist parents in this impoverished community were thwarted again...

Diane Ravitch: Proving Why Parents Need a Revolution

Ben Austin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
Ben Austin

Unfortunately, it has become clear over the past two years that those who currently hold power view parent empowerment as a threat and, therefore, will do whatever they can to stop it.

'Unions' Empower Parents To Push For Education Reform

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education

LOS ANGELES — Shoehorned into a small living room in a South Los Angeles apartment, a dozen parents discuss why their kids' school ranks as one ...

POLL: Should Parents Have Control Of Failing Schools?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Are parents the remedy for failing schools? Lawmakers in California think so. A controversial "parent trigger" law was passed in January to give pare...