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Vouchers Will Destroy Public Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.07.2017 | Education
Steve Nelson

The appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education has invited fresh scrutiny of voucher programs. As reasonably informed people already know, D...

This Is How Much Money Advocates Say New York State Owes Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics

Want to see how much money New York state owes to a public school, according to education advocates? There’s an app for that. A new website app call...

Engineer Schools For Equity And Integration

Arthur Camins | Posted 09.14.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

In the current political climate, everyone claims to be on the side education that provides access to the middle class with little talk and even fewer real policy proposals to eliminate poverty or inequitable school funding.

Fact-Check Friday: Rauner Resurrects 2014 Campaign Theme vs. Democrats

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.02.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This article was created for PolitiFact Illinois, a collaboration between Reboot Illinois and Pulitzer Prize-winning national website PolitiFact. For ...

Conservative Pundit Gets it Wrong in Analysis of Social Science Research

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Over the years, political columnist and social critic George Will has had moments where balanced thinking and rational erudition ruled the day. But t...

Governor Christie v. The Children Of New Jersey: Political Racism?

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Eric Cooper

It is a sad day for equity and opportunity in New Jersey that Governor Christie has decided to overturn America's most important education lawsuit.

Detroit, Flint, Wichita, Texas, and Puerto Rico schools: What do they have in common?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Read these news briefs on Detroit and Flint, Michigan, Wichita, Kansas, Texas, and Puerto Rican schools. What do they have in common? You decide. See my answers at the end of the post.

School Funding Could Be New 'Hostage' in Budget Standoff

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.16.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For nearly a year, Democrats have accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of holding the state budget hostage and demanding his Turnaround Agenda as ransom. As the...

Federal Schools for Native American Students Are Crumbling. Here's How to Fix Them.

Rep. Betty McCollum | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Rep. Betty McCollum

Classrooms and hallways so cold children wear coats all day. Ceilings that leak year round. Buckled floors and broken doorways. A science classroom so poorly ventilated it can't be used for chemistry experiments.

The Detroit Teachers Who Walked Out Are Right. We Must Do Better.

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 03.24.2017 | Education
Rick Fedrizzi

The Detroit teachers are right: if we want to be able to say that we care about our children's health and education, we must address the state of the buildings that they learn and live in for hours every day.

What This Teacher Does When Her Students Can't Afford Pens And Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.10.2016 | Impact

At Forest Park Senior High School in Baltimore, there are few resources to spare. Students can barely afford pens and paper. That’s why Brooke Grams...

Detroit's Broke, but the System's Broken

Rebecca Sibilia | Posted 02.24.2017 | Education
Rebecca Sibilia

The ongoing teacher protest in Detroit has drawn public attention to the horrific physical conditions in many of the city's public schools. These conditions call out not just for emergency aid, but systemic reform.

How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement

Arthur Camins | Posted 02.07.2017 | Education
Arthur Camins

We need improvements in K-12 education. Too few students learn the critical thinking skills they need for successful life, work and citizenship. The...

Betting Big on School Funding and Still Not Winning

Rebecca Sibilia | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Rebecca Sibilia

The Los Angeles Times recently covered an EdBuild report about the California State Lottery, which is presented to the public as a means of generating...

The Conversation I'm Tired Of Not Having

Nathan Bowling | Posted 02.01.2017 | Education
Nathan Bowling

As a nation, we're nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we're ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.

Why Arne Duncan is Right on Equity in School Funding

Marcus Bright | Posted 10.16.2016 | Education
Marcus Bright

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a speech at the National Press Club on September 30th that should serve as a powerful call for the country to make a massive shift in the allocation of funding for prisons and schools.

North Carolina's "Education Exodus" Worsens as More Teachers Leave for Better Pay

Logan Smith | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Logan Smith

Although politicians claim to support public education on the campaign trail, their actions over the past few years have done absolutely nothing to improve North Carolina schools or give teachers a meaningful pay increase.

Why One Atheist Wants To Hear The Pope Speak In Philly

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 01.27.2017 | Religion

Philadelphia native Max Hodey is an atheist, yet he's going to hear Pope France speak Saturday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Why does a 25-year-ol...

Teachers Spend Way Too Much Of Their Own Money On School Supplies, And Here's Proof

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents

It's not DeAnn Moran's responsibility to buy supplies for her second-grade students when their parents and schools do not. But she has consistently do...

This District Has No Money, So Teachers Are Working Without Pay

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

When teachers at the Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania return to their jobs Wednesday for the first day of school, they will not be makin...

National Leaders Fail In School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 08.24.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

The American public has given its grade to national elected leaders for their attempts to improve the country's public schools. The verdict is an "F" for failure. Public schools need to do better but that will only occur when there is cooperation in government, not antagonism.

This Map Shows How Many More Students Are Living In Poverty Than 9 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

Students in America’s schools are much, much poorer than they were nine years ago. In 2006, 31 percent of America’s students attended schools in ...

How a Property Tax Freeze and Change to School Funding Could Break the Springfield Stalemate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A few weeks back, three Democratic senators talked to reporters in Springfield about a concept that would both freeze property taxes in Illinois for a few years and sunset the state's school funding formula in a few years.

A Commodore Computer From The 1980s Is Still Heating Schools In Michigan

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

The maintenance supervisor for the Grand Rapids Public Schools system in Michigan remembers when the district purchased a Commodore Amiga computer in ...

Rebecca Klein

This Is Where School Funding Is The Least 'Fair,' According To New Reports | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

In Mississippi's Carroll County school district, there are no advanced placement courses, no foreign language classes and not enough textbooks for chi...