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Chris Christie, The Beach, and Our Leaders' Massive School Funding Hypocrisy

So you all know about this by now, and none of you are the least bit surprised.<p><i>h/t Star-Ledger</i><p>You aren't surprised because, like me, you've been …

Mayoral Control And Mayoral Responsibility

New York legislators in Albany wrapped up yet another game of “Will we give Bill De Blasio an extension of mayoral control of New York City’s schools …

A Teacher Sounds Off

My teacher-friend, Brian Davis, posted this rant on FB this morning, inspired by the chart researched and created by John David French. I want to …

On Global Teacher Prize Winner Maggie Macdonnell and What Humility Looks Like

We met at a fancy hotel on Central Park South, a place that most native New Yorkers scurry past before they get priced out of the sidewalk. Whenever …

Education

The Intersection: Philanthropy and Dark Money

<i>Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i><p>One important lesson I learned from my colleague Professor Tom Ferguson’s book Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party …

With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week

NEWCASTLE, Okla. — A deepening budget crisis here has forced schools across the Sooner State to make painful decisions. Class sizes have ballooned, art and foreign-language programs have shrunk or disappeared, and with no money for new textbooks, children go without. Perhaps the most significant …

Education

10 Serious Issues Facing Public School Students: Where’s Betsy?

Betsy DeVos wastes precious time on her choice initiative, ignoring the most serious problems facing our young people in public schools. At a hearing …

The Facts About Charter School Finances in Camden, NJ

<i>Here's Part I of my U-Ark series.</i> <i><br>Here's Part II.</i><p>This post really should be called "<i>U-Ark Screws Up A Charter School Revenue Study, AGAIN: Part III,</i>" …

The TFA Top-10 Listers, Where Are They Now?

A frequent criticism of TFA is that their teachers usually don’t stay beyond the two-year commitment.<p>Over the years, TFA has had different responses …

What Betsy DeVos Calls Education Transformation Is Actually Public Theft

Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses and tell you it’s an education “transformation.”<p>That’s the main theme of …

Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools?

The billionaires, apparently, we shall always have with us — even when we decide how to run the state-funded schools where they rarely send their own kids.<p>In the Los Angeles school board elections earlier this month, a number of billionaires, including Eli Broad, Netflix founder Reed Hastings and …

Education

Running a Pre-K Program Is Hard. So Why Do Some States Require Almost No Qualifications?

Every weekday morning, Leilani Au, a childcare center director in Honolulu, Hawaii, wakes up early to figure out staff schedules for the day. With 18 …

Who Is Behind the Assault on Public Schools? by Howard Ryan | Monthly Review

Dear Reader, we make this and other articles available for free online to serve those unable to afford or access the print edition of <i>Monthly Review</i>. …

Hazelwood seniors punished for walk-out protest regarding teachers

HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Hundreds of students from Hazelwood West have been suspended after walking out of the classroom in support of their …

A Big Victory in Court in Houston

Recall from multiple prior posts (see here, here, here, and here) that a set of teachers in the Houston Independent School District (HISD), with the …

The National Interest: What’s Really Wrong With White Teachers? They’re Racist

<i>Editor’s note: Once a month, the National Interest column will tackle broader questions about what the country should do to increase educational</i> …

As It Always Should Be

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Mr. Staples: Here's What Happened to Black Teachers

As the chief education spokesman for the New York Times editorial board, Brent Staples' support for corporate education polices most often goes …

The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon

Key Takeaways<p>The rise of educational technology is part of a <b>larger shift in political thought</b>, from favoring government oversight to asserting</b> …

Comprehending Non-Fiction: Setting Kids Up for Success

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>This school year we will be featuring blogs from industry experts who will share thoughts, ideas, and expertise around …

Public Goods & the Money Belongs to the Child Fallacy (in tweets)

Challenging "dollars belong to the child, not the system" argument. (Tax)$$ provided by society to serve pub interest 1/ #publicgoodsmatter<p>— Bruce …

The list of test-optional colleges and universities keeps growing — despite College Board’s latest jab

<i>(Update: Adding comment from College Board regarding quote from Elizabeth Coleman)</i><p>This can’t be great news for the owners of the ACT and the SAT college admissions exams, but the list of colleges and universities that no longer require scores from those tests to be submitted with a student …

Education

Which Came First, the Practice or the Policy?

« Ten Things Legislators Should Know and Do When Making Education Policy | Main | What Does Good Teaching Look Like? »<p>Gary Rubinstein wrote a rather …

Apparently Diversity is Still Not Innovative Enough for Edtech.... — EduColor

Seeing friends and respected, diverse members of the educational technology community regularly passed over to participate in events or speak at …

The Betrayal of Pennsylvania’s Public Schools

<b>Published in the Center City Citizen Review Philadelphia PA March 2017</b><p>By Joseph Batory<p>The betrayal of Pennsylvania public schools by the State …

Things People Say about Public Schools

« The Disadvantages of Competitive Learning | Main<p>All it takes is one look at the comments following any story on education, in any digital news …

Private Practice – Have You Heard

<b>Ken Zeichner warns that the privatization of teacher preparation is likely to accelerate under Trump/DeVos…</b><p><b>JenniferBerkshire</b>: You’ve been leading a …

Liberals, Conservatives Agree: Big Mistake for White House to Push Private School Choice

Having just sent a memo to the Democratic caucus Wednesday morning outlining a strategy to oppose the Trump administration’s plans to push private …

“We Teach English” Revisited

At times quaint and oddly misguided but unflinchingly confrontational and assertive—the signature tone of her work—Lou LaBrant’s <i>We Teach English</i> …