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December 18, 2014

Democracy, Schools, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: 'At a time that teachers' unions face existential threats, how do we defend the democratic voice that they provide teachers?'

December 16, 2014

Do Teachers' Unions Truly Practice Democracy?

Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."

December 11, 2014

Reactions to John King's Departure From New York Reveal Sharp Divide

Now that New York State Education Commissioner John King is leaving his post to join the U.S. Department of Education, disparate opinions of his work are on full display.

December 11, 2014

The Difficult Conversations on Race

Casey: How can schools in a society that aspires to be democratic not take on the injustices of racism?

December 09, 2014

Can Schools Act as a Force Against Racism?

Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?

December 02, 2014

Initiative Aims to Have Teachers Lead Common-Core PD in California

A new statewide program will have teachers provide professional development to other teachers.

December 02, 2014

Most Schools Don't Model Democracy

Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.

November 21, 2014

Illinois Pension-Overhaul Struck Down by Judge, Heads to State Supreme Court

A county Circuit Court judge ruled that the legislation signed last year by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn changing the pension system violates the state constitution.

November 20, 2014

Democracy: Who Educates the Educators?

Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.

November 18, 2014

Confronting School Reforms That Work Against Democracy

Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?

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