Keith Fitzgerald

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Sprawl Retrofit

After half a century of mounting economic, health, environmental, and social consequences, America has finally begun to turn away from the post-WWII …

NYU Economist: Embrace the Element of Surprise in Urban Planning

Greene Street, in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello)Is there anyone out there today who doesn’t agree that the individual or the …


Does Homeschooling Make Children More Religious?

An estimated two million children are being homeschooled in the United States. Scholars studying homeschooling often talk about the


Arne Duncan Stepping Down as Education Secretary

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Kissinger poisoned the Middle East: America is living in a quagmire of his making

W made matters worse, but the region's radicalization can all be traced to our steady support of the Shah of Shahs

The only person Henry Kissinger flattered more than President Richard Nixon was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. In the early 1970s, the Shah, sitting atop an enormous reserve …

Political History

Romano: Time to throw out Bush-era education reforms

For the longest time, it seemed educational reformers could do no wrong. They had the theories, they had the platform and, most importantly, they had …


Now That Arne Duncan Is Out, Is No Child Left Behind to Stay?

The education law’s death is just around the corner.

In a weird way, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s surprising resignation is good news for the people who want the beleaguered No Child Left Behind overhauled as soon as possible.

Duncan, one of the final two members left from President Obama’s …

Arne Duncan

The Contest for House Speaker Heats Up

Congressman Jason Chaffetz threw his hat in the ring on Sunday.

Jason Chaffetz, the representative from Utah, said Sunday he will run to be House speaker, joining the race just days before Republicans cast their ballots.

Chaffetz made the announcement during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. Several …

Jason Chaffetz

Arne Duncan’s Wars


With drive, ingenuity and a willingness to throw elbows, Obama’s closest friend in the Cabinet has tried to reshape American schools. Now will the backlash erase his legacy?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a mild-mannered, even-tempered, introverted kind of guy, but he’s spent much of …

Arne Duncan

3 years later, the young immigrants Obama protected are feeling less afraid — and more American

While the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination promises to deport 11 million unauthorized immigrants (and their US-born children), and …

Border Security

Education Secretary Duncan stepping down

Duncan, one of Obama’s few remaining original cabinet members, leaves behind a contested legacy.

Updated 10/02/15 07:14 PM EDT

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, an unwavering advocate for low-income and minority students and longtime basketball buddy to President Barack Obama, said Friday he will …

Arne Duncan

Rules Could Complicate Leadership Fight (Updated) - 218

Scalise listens as McCarthy speaks Tuesday during a new conference on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:26 p.m. | A rules fight could …


Panel kicks off Florida's test validity review process

The Legislature-mandated validity study of Florida's new accountability tests is officially under way.


Is Florida's new test (FSA) valid?

During the debate last week about legislation to scale back testing in Florida's public schools, one question came up several times: Is the new …


School board: Fla’s effort to force opening of a Delray Beach charter school unconstitutional

Renaissance Charter in Royal Palm Beach is one of several Charter Schools USA schools in Palm Beach County.The state government’s effort to force the …

House Benghazi Committee Breaks Record — Sort Of

The House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks is now the longest congressional investigation in history, committee Democrats announced …


The Post-Boehner Congress and Washington’s Sense of Dread

WASHINGTON — At the White House, a stunned President Obama expressed hope for bipartisan progress as turmoil among Republicans ended Representative John A. Boehner’s speakership.

On Capitol Hill, the conservatives who had again felled one of their leaders rallied to name the terms for the next …


Piketty and Stiglitz backing UK’s left-wing leader

Jeremy Corbyn, the UK Labour Party’s most left-wing leader for decades, has deployed world-famous economists in an effort to boost his credentials.

Joseph Stiglitz

Florida's Privately Funded Passenger Rail Plan Chugs Forward Amid Opposition

Skeptics doubt the Miami-Orlando train can profit, but with no taxpayer money in the mix, it’s not clear why they care.

All Aboard Florida, the emerging train service between Miami and Orlando, passed two major hurdles last week—bringing private U.S. passenger rail, at this point dead for decades, …


Huckabee and Christian Right Wage War on Pro-Gay Doritos

Doritos decided to go gay for a day, and the right wing just couldn’t handle it.

Doritos is gay now.

Last week, Frito-Lay (the snack food and chip division of PepsiCo) unveiled a limited edition bag of Doritos Rainbows, to celebrate gay pride and raise money for LGBT youth. The Rainbows were mailed …

Christian Right

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

When a public space has purpose and meaning for its community, it becomes a place. Places, like this one in Mumbai, can drive the social and economic …


McCarthy's ascent

After less than nine years in the House, the majority leader is poised to take the reins from Boehner.

Updated 09/27/15 01:24 PM EDT

Less than a decade ago, Kevin Owen McCarthy was deep in the minority in the California state Assembly in Sacramento. He shared a house with a bunch of fellow lawmakers …

Liberal News


New data shows school “reformers” are full of it

Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy

In the great American debate over education, the education and technology corporations, bankrolled politicians and activist-profiteers who collectively comprise the so-called “reform” movement base …


Congressional agenda thrown into disorder with Boehner’s departure

House Speaker John A. Boehner’s stunning resignation throws the congressional agenda into disarray, with short-term hope for passing crucial items offset by the long-term fear that old battles will only be repeated.

By defusing a conservative revolt that threatened to end his speakership, Boehner’s …


Kill the Department of Ed.? It’s been done


How an 1860s experiment was torpedoed by an argument as old as America.

When Washington’s education bureaucracy comes under political attack, it’s common to pin responsibility for its existence on Jimmy Carter. He signed legislation to establish the Department of Education in 1979, and …

Political History

Boehner's departure raises question: Can House GOP be led?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has grown so wide that it just swallowed up the speaker of the House and may threaten the entire Republican Party and Congress itself.

The question now is whether anyone can tame the House's rabble-rousing …


This chart shows how little Congress acted while John Boehner was speaker

As he announced his resignation Friday, House Speaker John Boehner tallied up his accomplishments, including major spending cuts and preventing most …


John Boehner's candid 2014 interview with Jay Leno shows why he's quitting now

Speaker John Boehner's resignation seems to be largely a ploy to avoid yet another government shutdown under his watch. This is Boehner trying not to …

John Boehner

John Boehner wasn't the speaker Republicans wanted. He was the speaker they needed.

Last weekend, Politico's Jake Sherman interviewed John Boehner. Boehner was, at that moment, facing a possible coup from House conservatives and a …

John Boehner