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Illinois Must Use the Lessons of Ferguson to Build a Better State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in September, Peter Creticos of the Institute for Work and the Economy wrote a thoughtful and provocative piece in the aftermath of the first spate of rioting in Ferguson, Mo.

Racism in East Ramapo, New York: It's Time to March

Alan Singer | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I do not make accusations of racism lightly. I am not talking about personal biases. I am talking about institutional practices that appear to be condoned at the highest level in New York State government. Read the post; look at the evidence. It will be hard to disagree.

Gov. Rick Snyder's Record on Education Is Dismal

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Michigan children deserve to be more than just a tag line in empty campaign rhetoric because the value of a good education is something you can't put a price on.

Many Schools Still Getting Much Less Funding Than They Were Several Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities contains depressing news for schools. According to the report, at least 30 states are pro...

Poverty and School Funding: Why Low-Income Students Often Suffer

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

If we cannot fully fund our public schools how can we expect things like the achievement gap to close or high school graduation rates to rise? It is time to get back to funding what matters most: the education of our K-12 students.

What Should Parents Expect in the New School Year?

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.19.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

Teachers have been preparing to use different material and ways of instruction in reading/English language arts and mathematics. Kids may come home with homework that looks different than last year, and certainly different than when parents attended school.

Investing in Student Outcomes: Can We Get Spending Right in Public Schools?

Andrew Broy | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Andrew Broy

Last year, public education funding in the United States eclipsed the $600 billion mark for the first time. Despite the volumes written about specific...

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

America's Classist Education System

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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.