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How Money Can Fix Public Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Even though the states with the high teacher union rates get better results than the states with the low rates, conservatives still pretend that unions are somehow ruining public education.

A Public Charter School Is Trying to Model Itself After a Private School: Is That a Good Thing?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.05.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

To what extent can public charter schools can learn from some of the best ideas that undergird our nation's most outstanding, innovative private schools? It was this question that led the founding principal and executive director of a new, not-yet-opened charter school to spend a few days in the bucolic Pennsylvania countryside late last fall.

Does School Choice Help or Hurt Students?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

By highlighting all the options, are parents more empowered (and students set up better for success), or are we undermining the great equalizer of our youth: the public school system?

Choice Is a Privilege

Michael Beyer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

In a town like Chicago, "choice" isn't a right, but a privilege based on income, class, and skin color.

What's the Problem With School Choice?

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
Michael Keegan

People across ideologies want our education system to work for America's children -- and that goes for many of National School Choice Week's backers as well as its critics. But let's not allow those whose real goal is the destruction of public education to cloak their agenda under the cheerful banner of "school choice."

'Choice' Denying Opportunity?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's time to recognize that "choice" risks denying opportunity -- and it's time to examine how the consequences of "choice" stand to impact our nation's productivity and future. America's public schoolchildren are dependent on us, policymakers and the public alike, to make informed choices.

'School Choice' and Disenfranchising the Public

Peter Greene | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Our public school system is set up to serve the public. All the public. It is not set up to serve just parents or just students. We all depend on a society in which people are reasonably well-educated. But a "choice" system says, "No, you only get a say in how education works if you have a kid."

Educating Reformers and Activists: Dr. Howard Fuller's Powerful Example and Lessons

Paul Schmitz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Paul Schmitz

Dr. Howard Fuller's new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.

National School Choice Week: A Response to Steve Nelson

Andrew Campanella | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Andrew Campanella

Dear Mr. Nelson: I read your piece on the Huffington Post about National School Choice Week. I am happy to reply to your (second) open letter to us. ...

National School Choice Week Is Right-Wing Propaganda

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I'm not buying what you're selling and, frankly, I'm wondering how you can engage in such a scheme without some sense of shame. I'm publishing this response because I hope other school administrators, teachers and families won't fall for this devious marketing ploy.

Can Public Schools Survive School Choice Initiatives?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Can public schools thrive in a school choice environment? I think so, yes. Options like charter, magnet, private, online and homeschool curricula are not meant to undermine the nation's public schools but to build them up through shared quality standards. There is room for all choices in K-12 schools and students benefit from the options.

Joy Resmovits

It's Getting Really Hard To Keep Track Of Who Supports And Who Opposes Bobby Jindal's Education Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

On Wednesday, less than a month after the Black Alliance for Educational Options supported a lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) over his ...

Funding Disparity Highlights Inequality Between District, Charter Students

Mashea Ashton | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Mashea Ashton

Equity should mean real equality for everyone. Most of all, education reform should be aimed at creating an education system that serves all students, and gives everyone a quality education that prepares them for college and a rewarding career.

Raising the Cap on Charters: Who Benefits? Who Pays?

Kate Apfelbaum | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Kate Apfelbaum

Amidst the emotional and political jockeying that has come to characterize the debate over charter schools in Massachusetts, we lose sight of two fundamental questions that should drive public policy decisions: Who benefits? And who pays?

School Choice Is UnAmerican

Peter Greene | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

We all have a stake in public education. We all pay taxes to support public education. And we all get to vote on who will manage the operation of our schools (well, unless we are in occupied territories like Philadelphia or Newark). School choice throws all of that out the window.

Why Conservatives Should Hate School Choice

Peter Greene | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Conservatives often claim they are big fans of school choice. I think they're wrong. I don't mean that I want to disagree with them using fluffy progressive liberal arguments. I mean that in the world of conservative values and goals, school choice really doesn't fit. Let me explain.

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

We see once again closing of public schools. Although the "appearance is race neutral," the reality is not, Attorney General Eric Holder has noted.

Wisconsin Senate Blind-Sided By the Department of Public Instruction

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Joy Resmovits

De Blasio To Make Politically Loaded Charter School Move

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the space-sharing arrangements for nine schools, including three charter schools that are part of Suc...

School Choice in Mississippi: Would Public Charter Schools Help Students?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I've been talking about school choice this week and how it applies to my home state of Mississippi, a state with very limited "choice" options in comp...

School Choice in Mississippi: Limited Vouchers

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

On Sunday, I wrote about my recent interest in the issue of school choice in my home state of Mississippi based on the latest education rankings that ...

School Choice in Mississippi: Limited Interdistrict Options

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Last month, I wrote about Education Week's latest Quality Counts report that gave my home state of Mississippi an "F" ranking in student achievement a...

Expanding School Choice: An Education Revolution or Diversion?

Patte Barth | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Patte Barth

Far from an education revolution, the political attention given choice and competition is diverting us from the hard work of making sure public schools prepare every child for their next steps after graduation.