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Education Reform: A National Delusion

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our 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.

Eli Broad, Houston Schools Supe Grier on Urban Education

Jane Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.

Charles Blow Is Wrong About the Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Charles Blow is one of the columnists in the New York Times that I usually count on to challenge the conventional wisdom and to speak up for the powerless. Sadly, in his latest column, he parrots the conventional wisdom and voices the opinions of the elites.

Joy Resmovits

Are Charter Schools Worth It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Charter school students on average slightly outpace comparable public school kids in reading and tie them in math, according to a large study of acade...

What Did the Billionaires Know about Cheating in D.C. Schools, and When Did They Know It?

John Thompson | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

Corporate "reformers" have continued to support Rhee's test-driven "reforms" and her attacks on the teaching profession. What will they do now that there is proof that Rhee and her successors turned a blind eye to cheating?

Activists Targeting U.S. Schools, Backed By Big Bucks

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon May 15 (Reuters) - During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rh...

To Bill Gates: I Don't Need Your Money

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

Don't get me wrong. I deeply respect that you and your wife care about the community and the world. But if you want to really help, here's one small way:

Dear Ed Schultz

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We could really use your help, Ed. The battle between Chester Upland School District and Gov. Corbett is just a glimpse into the strategic dismantling taking place across the entirety of the American public school system.

Occupy Our Schools

Rick Ayers | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Take over these schools. Occupy them. Sit in. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We built these schools with our taxes, our labor, our commitment to students and communities. They are not just playthings for overfed business dilettantes.

Joy Resmovits

Detroit Education Reform: Few Details Emerge On Michigan College Promise

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2011 | Education

When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) presented sweeping reforms to Detroit's -- and, eventually, Michigan's -- schools on Monday, he accompanied the new...

The Fundamental Choice

John Thompson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Data-driven "reform" seems very rational, and not inhumane, from 30,000 feet above our schools and families.

Joy Resmovits

New Chicago Schools Chief Offers Two Different School Leadership Models

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education

Correction appended. Monday morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Jean-Claude Brizard, currently the superintendent of t...

From the Fall of Cathie Black to the Mirages of Michelle Rhee: A Bad Month for Corporate Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 06.14.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

Between Black, Rhee, Sheffield and Goodloe-Johnson, it has not been a good month for the corporate education reform crowd.

Broad Foundation Dedicates $40 Million To Urban Education Prize

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

For the last decade, the Broad Foundation, started by Los Angeles real estate mogul Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, has handed out an annual prize to h...

Educating for Democracy: Looking for Education 'Reform'? Follow the Money

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Joanne Barkan demonstrates how most of the "reforms" advanced by these groups have proven to be ineffective, if not harmful, to public education.

How to Create a Faux Grassroots Education Reform Organization (SATIRE)

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

Out-of-work D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has just created her own new education reform organization. You can, too!

The Battle for Seattle: Hijacked!, Part 3

Dora Taylor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Dora Taylor

In the third post of a multiple-post series, Don Nielson provides much insight into his own philosophy, affecting where we are now within the Seattle public school community due to his latest speech.

The Battle For Seattle: Hijacked!

Dora Taylor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Dora Taylor

When a district is run by Broad and Gates, no one outside their realm of associates has a voice in the decision-making process.

The Battle for Seattle

Dora Taylor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Dora Taylor

There are the same key players in every city and they arrange and rearrange themselves like pawns on a chess board but they are always the same individuals and highly profitable "nonprofits" in each town.

State Ed Commissioner Caves to Pressure from the Billionaire Boys Club

Andrew Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andrew Wolf

In an attempt to "compromise" and satisfy everyone, State Education Commissioner David M. Steiner appears to have satisfied no one.

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.

So who will Take Over D.C. Schools now that Rhee is out?

Dora Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dora Taylor

I could see this as a possibility, Robert Bobb becoming D.C.'s School Chancellor, not because he deserves it, but because Eli Broad owes him a favor.

Education Indoctrination

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

The mainstream media has given a huge amount of attention to the view that our inner-city public schools are dysfunctional, primarily as a result of selfish and incompetent teachers and their unions.

An Embarrassment of Riches

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Edward Goldman

One can fantasize about LA art exhibitions the Broad Museum might present that other institutions were too timid to bring to town. As the Bible says, "A prophet hath no honor in his own country."