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November 09, 2020

Anticipating What's Ahead for Ed. After the Election

Even though there will be a Democratic White House and a likely GOP-controlled Senate, that's not necessarily a combination that spells gridlock, especially for education.

November 05, 2020

5 Thoughts on the Election Results

There's still a lot we don't know about this week's elections, but here are five thoughts on what they might mean for education and our democracy based on what seems clear right now.

October 29, 2020

Trump Has Been Awful for Civic Education

The advent of a President Biden would offer a welcome opportunity for a reset when it comes to civics and civic education. The question will be whether we—on the left and right, together—are able to seize it.

October 22, 2020

Trump and Biden Offer Little Love to the Education Middle

For many decades, education has been most important in presidential campaigns for the way that candidates have used it to court the middle. This tradition is no more in the Trump-Biden era.

October 05, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Betsy DeVos, and the Rage Gene

During these politically divisive times, it would serve us well to be civil toward and learn from those with whom we disagree.

January 21, 2020

Bernie, Bloomberg, Booker, and the New Politics of Education

For three decades, there was a quiet assumption that education's growing economic import was pushing education politics toward the pragmatic middle—it turns out that this dynamic was surprisingly fragile.

August 15, 2019

Using the Bully Pulpit to Take a Stand in the Arena

Working on a state board of education involves many challenges, some failures. But, as guest blogger Jessica Sutter writes, it is also an opportunity and a duty to speak out for educational equity.

November 17, 2016

Education Is So Far Left, It Can't Really See the Right

This past week, I've been struck by how differently things appear to me than to the vast majority of folks in education.

October 18, 2016

The Cost of Winner-Take-All Presidential Politics

When presidential elections become winner-take-all affairs, democracy pays the price.

September 27, 2016

5 Thoughts on the Trump-Clinton Debate: Education Edition

It looked to me like Clinton "won" the debate or, at least, that Trump managed to lose it.

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