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America's Classist Education System

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

America's education system is unequal and unfair. All parents want what is best for their children, but some parents -- and states and school districts -- have greater means to provide them with educational resources.

Funding Disparity Highlights Inequality Between District, Charter Students

Mashea Ashton | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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.

Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Agenda For The Supreme Court

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives can surely add to this list of issues that a Supreme Court with a liberal majority should address. Unfortunately, presidential candidates won't directly address these issues or the views of candidates they would appoint to the Supreme Court when vacancies arise

Education Reform: Unsubstantiated Benefit Claims; Unreported Side Effects

Arthur Camins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

The drive to privatize educational governance, especially with respect to expansion of charter schools, has two unstated goals. One is to open up the vast education market to individuals looking for a new profitable place to invest their capital. Another is more cynical.

Come Acourting

Milton Ezrati | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Milton Ezrati

If women these days are being told to "lean in" and become more aggressive about their careers, they may not have to try so hard in the future. Coming years will see business, industry, government, employers generally have greater difficulties securing skilled workers, regardless of gender.

Vergara Identified A Few Real Problems, But It's Completely Wrong About The Solutions

Ben Spielberg | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Ben Spielberg

Judge Treu's opinion unfortunately reflects a misunderstanding of education research and teacher employment law's effects. His decision also erodes labor protections without increasing the likelihood of an excellent education for students in low-income communities.

In Dog Whistles They Trust

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Pennsylvania has decided to 'optionally' allow school districts to place the National Motto "In God We Trust" in all public schools.

The Poverty-Resources Gap: Rich Hill and the Unique Needs of Rural Schools

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The good news is that policymakers are starting to take seriously educators' assertions that poverty is no excuse, but a real, pervasive, complex problem that we must tackle if we really mean to narrow achievement gaps.

Joy Resmovits

Charter Schools Get Less Money Than Public Schools. Is That A Problem?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Charter schools receive less funding than traditional public schools on average, according to a new report -- but some experts say that the funding g...

Rebecca Klein

GOP Legislators Apparently Don't Want More Money Going To Poor Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Judges, beware: Your job may be in jeopardy if you try to promote equal education for all students, according to a Center For American Progress report...

Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide

Alan Singer | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States.

More Than Half The Nation's Schools Need Repairs

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new survey finds that more than half the nation's public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized. The National Cen...

11 States Under Fire For Alleged School Funding Failures

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Any week now, the Kansas Supreme Court will rule on a lawsuit fil...

Big Lawsuit Asks: How Much School Funding Is Enough?

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has launched a bold program of tax and spending cuts aimed at making the state more attractive fo...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Debate Economic Furloughs At Schools

AP | MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania public schools would have wider latitude to furlough employees during tough economic times and would not have to...

Joy Resmovits

Bloomberg Wasn't On Any Ballot, But Here's How He Affected Elections Nationwide

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Though his name wasn't on a ballot Tuesday, perhaps the most influential figure on education issues during the election cycle was New York...

Asthma Shouldn't Kill -- Every School Needs a Nurse

John H. Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John H. Jackson

Trained to recognize when a student is in need of emergency care and to provide it, a health professional is a critical resource that no school should be without.

Joy Resmovits

GOP Governor Under Fire For 'Knowingly Jeopardizing' Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

Ten high-profile civil rights leaders are pressuring Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) to intervene in the sorry state of school funding in Philadelph...

Working as an Education Activist Outside of the Classroom: My Foray Into the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

For the past nine years, I've spent 10 months of every year at my second home: Julia de Burgos Elementary School in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Some days were exhilarating. Some were exhausting. All of them were meaningful.

Joy Resmovits

Eliot Spitzer Wants To Audit Standardized Testing

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Two weeks before the New York City primary, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) plans to wade into the complicated world of education p...

Joy Resmovits

The New Curriculum Wars?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

As politicians bicker over the controversial Common Core education standards, some states are already well into the process of teaching them, accordin...

Texas Lawmakers Restore Funding For Schools

Reuters | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas, May 26 (Reuters) - Texas lawmakers on Sunday gave final approval to a two-year budget that restores...

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The time has come to declare an end to this entire era -- of militarized racism, violent solutions to everything. Ending violence in our communities is a realistic focal point and immediately draws our attention to our bedeviled, militarized public education system.

John Celock

'You Are Robbing Timmy To Pay Johnny'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in North Dakota wants to direct funds to provide milk for low-income students, but Democrats say that he may end up hurting...

School Turnaround Americorps Program Will Cost $15M, Target Poor Performance Says Arne Duncan

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday....