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How I Finally Faced Up To The Hate Unleashed By Trump And Betsy DeVos

John Thompson | Posted 02.06.2017 | Education
John Thompson

It’s been hard for me to face the whole story explaining why my fellow Oklahomans have embraced Trumpism in general and, too often, his Secretary of...

Students Need Real Choices

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.02.2017 | Education
Larry Strauss

Aside from her woeful lack of qualifications to run the United States Department of Education, Betsy DeVos is an advocate for so-called school choice ...

The Choice of Botel for White House Education Advisor Should Offer Some Comfort to DeVos Opponents

Peter Cunningham | Posted 01.29.2017 | Education
Peter Cunningham

It's not easy being a progressive education reformer in the age of President Trump. Speaking for myself only, I support high-quality public charter sc...

Betsy DeVos: A School Choice Advocate Opposed to Choice

Andrea Nelson | Posted 01.10.2017 | Education
Andrea Nelson

To say that I was deeply disappointed by Donald Trump's choice of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary would be an understatement. Her lack of experie...

Three Black Heroines: Thoughts On Race Relations

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.28.2016 | Education
Charles Kolb

Decency, courage, and determination describe three remarkable African-American women who have touched my life. While all three have now passed away, ...

Robert Pondiscio Is Creating a False Battle Over School Choice

Peter Cunningham | Posted 12.05.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Fordham Institute's Robert Pondiscio is at it again, sowing discord in the education reform community by pitting public charter and school voucher sup...

Charter Schools Are Working for Kids and Parents. Here's How We Can Tell That Story.

Peter Cunningham | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

There are various views about public school choice coming out of the 2016 election. Some choice advocates view the Trump administration as more commit...

Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I'm Skeptical.

Peter Cunningham | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative government will be good...

Donald J. Trump’s 'Vision' For Education

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.14.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The American public knows little about President-elect Donald J. Trump’s plans for education. However, Trump has posted some information in cyberspa...

Massachusetts Court: School Choice Is Not a “Civil Right”

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.09.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On October 06, 2016, Massachusetts education blogger, Jennifer Berkshire, posted that the Massachusetts Superior Court had tossed a lawsuit arguing th...

Individual Choice Is No Substitute for Democracy

Arthur Camins | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Donald Trump and promoters of unelected school boards would have us acquiesce to a contrary subservient vision.

Why Are Parents Of Color And The Poor Expected To Keep Sacrificing Their Kids Wellbeing In Unjust Schools - For An Education?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 08.17.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

We definitely know what failing schools look like because many children of color are forced to attend them every day - but those days will soon change because parents, students and communities are moving from the sidelines into the game of education reform because it has become a matter of survival!

About the Louisiana Voucher Program, Where Failure Really Is an Option

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.25.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On May 19, 2016, Louisiana citizen James Finney submitted a public records request for data concerning student voucher applications submitted by the i...

The RNC's 'Great Lie' About K-12 Education

David A. Pickler | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
David A. Pickler

In his eloquent and powerful speech in support of his father, Donald Trump Jr. said it. Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) said it. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich echoed it. That 'great lie' is the ruse of school "choice."

Kipp Academy Embraced My Son and his Autism

Erika Sanzi | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Sanzi

This piece was written by Natasha Megie-Maddrey and originally ran at the blog Good School Hunting I have four children and as with all children, the...

Has Integration In Schools Done More Harm Than Good for Black Learners?

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 05.26.2016 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Even as there are numerous advantages in having as diverse a classrooms, for some learners benefit from culturally affirming environments and being surrounded by others who look like them.

Why Both Political Parties Need Education Reform

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Conservatives argue that markets will solve social problems more efficiently and effectively than the public sector while liberals insist that markets...

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight t...

Do Charter Schools Really Do Better? Let's Look at Los Angeles

Alan Singer | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Advocates for charters schools like to talk about their unwavering commitment to student success, parental choice and the benefits of privatization, b...

Charter School Grads Earn More? Read On...

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On April 06, 2016, in its "Charters and Choice" section, EdWeek published an article entitled, "Charter School Graduates More Likely to Stay in Colleg...

Time For Diane Ravitch to Find a New 'Obsession'

Erika Sanzi | Posted 04.05.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

While it's nothing new for Diane Ravitch to take a swing at former journalist Campbell Brown, her decision to essentially mock Brown's advocacy around the sexual abuse of children is uniquely appalling.

How Gov. Jindal's Voucher Program is Like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Is that comparison in bad taste? Too melodramatic? The high mortality and incarceration rates of poorly educated, impoverished, Black Louisianians indicates otherwise.

What They Didn't Want Black and Brown Parents to Know About The Public Education System...

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

Just because someone "cares" about your struggle doesnt' mean that they're best positioned to do anything about it.

Memo to Clinton and Sanders: Competition is Not a Healthy Choice for School Improvement

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It hasn't happened anywhere, nor is there evidence that it can.