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School Privatization

School Choice Is UnAmerican

Peter Greene | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

We all have a stake in public education. We all pay taxes to support public education. And we all get to vote on who will manage the operation of our schools (well, unless we are in occupied territories like Philadelphia or Newark). School choice throws all of that out the window.

Why Conservatives Should Hate School Choice

Peter Greene | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Conservatives often claim they are big fans of school choice. I think they're wrong. I don't mean that I want to disagree with them using fluffy progressive liberal arguments. I mean that in the world of conservative values and goals, school choice really doesn't fit. Let me explain.

How to Properly Cash in on the Charter School Movement

Peter Greene | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's no legal limit to what you can be paid as the charter school operator. The only limits to your salary are the limits set by your own sense of shame. If you have no shame, then ka-ching, my friend. Ka. Ching.

Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

Celebrate the Rodney Dangerfields of Public Education

Diann Woodard | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

October is National Principals Month, a 31-day opportunity to celebrate the year-long work of our nation's principals, a welcome respite -- no matter how short-lived -- from the unrelenting criticism of our efforts by the purveyors of school privatization.

Seismic Shifts in Education Politics

John Thompson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

Before our students can benefit from education research, we must find a way to fight for them in a political world that looks more and more like an oligarchy.

Texas Zeroes Out Standardized Testing, Can Tablets Replace Textbooks?: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Less Texas Testing? As Texas prepares its budget, lawmakers in the Lone Star State are trying to make a statement on standardized testing. Currently, KUT News notes, testing is "zeroed out" in the House budget. That means it's still in there, just followed by a bunch of zeroes. "We want to start the conversation on testing," House Budget writer and Republican state representative Jim Pitts told KUT. "And we're gonna have a lot of hearings between now and the end of the session on education and some things that we're going to do in education.  And we sure want testing to be one of the number one things. And that's why we did it." We are grateful to KUT for asking, since we were wondering ourselves: yes, says Texas Education Agency spokesperson Dabbie Ratcliffe, this is probably the first time in Texas history such a tactic has been used to discuss testing.

The Global Search for Education: On US Education Problems

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

According to Andreas Schleicher of OECD, the United States is unique among countries in that the generation of workers entering the US workforce does not have higher college attainment levels than the generation about to leave the workforce.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Chicago Teachers Union Report Highlights Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a...

Education Profiteering; Wall Street's Next Big Thing?

Jeff Faux | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Jeff Faux

The end of the Chicago teachers' strike was but a temporary regional truce in the civil war that plagues the nation's public schools. There is no end in sight, in part because -- as often happens in wartime -- the conflict is increasingly being driven by profiteers.

'Won't Back Down' Film Pushes ALEC Parent Trigger Proposal

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

As the movie's stars take to the airwaves this week to promote the film, it is unlikely they will discuss the agenda of the film's billionaire backers or the right-wing politicians and for-profit firms who are promoting the parent trigger idea.

Crisis In Chester Upland: Putting Private Profits Above Student Success

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

While the sad saga of the Chester Upland district seems unique, it actually reflects some troubling trends that are all too common in public education today.