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Trump Fails A Crucial Test

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.18.2016 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Donald Trump doesn't have any use for public schools -- he never attended them, sent his kids to them or supported civic efforts to strengthen them.

Trump's Plan To Destroy Public Education

Alan Singer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If you are a public school parent or teacher thinking of voting for Donald Trump, be prepared to kiss your school goodbye.

Miguel Martinez-Saenz | Posted 08.04.2016 | College
Miguel Martinez-Saenz


Politics From Both Sides Hampering Public Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

Public schools would be better if two major obstacles were removed. Teachers' unions have injected too much partisanship into schooling, and conservat...

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...

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.

Do school vouchers improve results? It depends on what we ask

The Conversation US | Posted 03.02.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

Joshua Cowen, Michigan State University Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes? Lower Columbia College (LCC), CC BY-NC-ND A s...

New York Alliance Condemns Cuomo Mis-Education Budget

Alan Singer | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York State Alliance for Quality Education( AQE) condemns Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed education budget as "woefully inadequate." Cuomo req...

For Republicans, Killing Unions Is More Important Than Improving Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you care about the future of education in the U.S. then the Republican Presidential debates have been a massive disappointment. The problem is that the candidates all believe the same thing, so there is nothing to debate. In fact, through two debates, education has only come up once.

Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.

Why Prison Warden Scott Walker Must Be Stopped

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 07.15.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Governor Walker is a clear and present danger to the future of social justice in America, a twenty-first century menace who would, without compromise, destroy every last vestige of the public sector and turn the U.S. into an even bigger prison than it is now.

An Imagined Interview With the New New York State Education Commissioner

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

This has to be an imagined interview. There were no open meetings with candidates where they were required to lay out their views about educational issues to the public.

Public Funds, Private Education: What the Polls Say

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Kathleen Weldon

The Republican party's educational platform prioritizes school choice and the programs that facilitate it, while the Democratic party has rejected the idea of vouchers and similar systems. Party identification, however, does not seem to drive attitudes about this issue among the public.

What's the Problem With School Choice?

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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."

Education Reform Is Making All Public Schools Worse

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

It is a bit like trying to put out a fire in the closet by turning the hoses on the whole damn house. Which would be bad enough, but the policies are pouring gasoline, not water, on the fire.

'School Choice' and Disenfranchising the Public

Peter Greene | Posted 03.07.2015 | 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."

Back-Door School Vouchers: What Money and Block Voting Buy

Alan Singer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Toward the end of the campaign, in a series of targeted, lightly publicized meetings, Cuomo's top legislative priority emerged. It is rewarding campaign donors and block voting by religious communities with a back-door school vouchers plan for private and religious schools.

Joy Resmovits

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

Religion and State: School Vouchers and Clergy Parsonage

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

As a religious Jew deeply invested in Jewish education, it is obvious that I should have an inherent interest to advocate for government funding for religious education, but I feel that it corrodes other deeply cherished values of justice.

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

Pandora's Box of Vouchers

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Besides the fact that vouchers drain the public education system of funds and deprive both students and teachers of vital civil rights protections, most of the tax dollars involved goes to private religious schools.

Bill de Blasio vs. Charter Schools -- A Pointless Battle

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

This is a mere sideshow. Comparing schools -- charter vs. neighborhood public; suburban vs. urban; public vs. private -- is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of education in America.

Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education.

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

School Choice Is a Whale-Sized Red Herring

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

The connective tissue of our nation is under assault. Rather than inviting our children into public spaces to learn, we are setting up mechanisms for families to isolate their children in settings that share only their particular view of society.