In Oakland, California, neighbors are organizing block by block to improve schools and make our communities safer. We're taking the fight for better communities to some of the most difficult neighborhoods -- and we are making progress.
More serious than the unfolding cheating scandal in Atlanta public schools are wasted instructional hours -- millions of them if we add them up for each student -- including all the squandered time associated with the testing itself.
This year's most important commencement speech was given by author Jonathan Franzen; it contained a message of great importance for educators and school reformers about how to tolerate their daunting, heartbreaking endeavor.
Our public schools are the equivalent of yesterday's pony express. Just as a faster pony express would not be sufficient to deliver the mail today, the "faster horses" that reformers represent are not in themselves adequate for our 50 million school-age children, nor will they ever be.