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April 17, 2012

I Don't Understand Michelle Rhee

Does she really think that students will learn more if their teachers live in fear? How can she feel good about leading a campaign to turn public education into a for-profit enterprise and reduce teaching to a job, not a profession.

March 27, 2012

The Pattern on the Rug

See the pattern on the rug? It grows clearer every day. It is not about improving education. It is not about helping our society become more literate and better educated. Follow the money. We are indeed a nation at risk.

March 20, 2012

The Lesson of Florida

David knocked down Goliath. Democracy lives. The good guys won.

March 06, 2012

Bobby Jindal vs. Public Education

Why are the elites of both parties so eager to hand children and public dollars over to private corporations? Why are both parties complicit in the dismantling of public education?

February 23, 2012

Buyer Beware

But there is also some renewed optimism that we might, just might, see a resurgence of energy for saving democracy.

February 16, 2012

I May be Wrong ... But I Doubt It*

When will we stop worrying about our own organizational fiscal et al condition for a few days and call for united action?

February 14, 2012

Desperate Times in Cleveland and Ohio

The leaders of one of the most economically depressed and racially segregated cities in the nation have decided that the answer to its problems is to fire teachers, close public schools, expand the number of charters, and possibly to expand the voucher program as well.

December 15, 2011

The Price To Be Paid

Maybe, however, we do have a right to agree (by fiat) that making sense of the world, and above all of democracy is a prime goal of schooling in America.

December 13, 2011

Scrooge and School Reform

Ladd suggests that what is needed are positive policy interventions, such as early-childhood and pre-school programs; school-based health clinics and social services; after school programs and summer programs; and paying more attention to inputs such as school quality and school processes.

December 08, 2011

Are All Choices a Choice?

If charters had stuck to their original selling point—the need for innovation on a small, less-regulated scale before we mandated it on a large scale—there'd be a few grumbles and otherwise just curiosity.

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