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July 09, 2014

Latino and African-American Academic Success Improves, But Gaps Remain

Education Trust released reports on the state of education for Latino and African-American students, reflecting progress but ongoing gaps in achievement and opportunity.

June 14, 2014

Vergara Decision Feeds Testing and Teacher Turnover

The Vergara decision feeds into our societal obsession with test scores, and propels us towards schools with even less stability, and higher turnover.

May 16, 2014

Devastating Report Condemns Corporate Reform as Civil Rights Fraud

As the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education arrives, a report has been released by the Journey 4 Justice Alliance, a coalition of community, youth and parent-led organizations, which declares corporate education reform a civil rights fraud.

April 14, 2014

Paul Horton: The War on Books II: Certified School Librarians Are the New Disappeared

Nothing could be clearer, given the mountains of evidence cited here and that can be accessed very easily, that a strong school library program staffed with certified librarians has a very positive effective on learning within underserved communities.

April 01, 2014

U.S. Must Improve Outcomes for Minority Youth as Demographics Shift, Report Says

In "Race for Results," the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation created a new index that uses 12 educational, health, and economic factors to rank how children from major racial and ethnic groups fare in every state.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

March 04, 2014

John Kuhn at the NPE Conference: This is Our Education Spring

John Kuhn, alongside Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, spoke against threats to public education.

February 24, 2014

John Thompson: Fear, Teen Stress and High Stakes Tests

It is not just in urban schools where reformers have tried to combat the stress of poverty by dumping the stress of high-stakes testing on teens. It is not just in the inner city that the values necessary for living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life have been subordinated to a competition

February 06, 2014

Civil Rights Hero James Meredith Issues the American Child's Education Bill of Rights

This year, Meredith has offered a fresh call to conscience, through his Educational Bill of Rights for America's Children. But this icon of the civil rights movement is charting a very different path from that of the corporate-led "education reform."

December 30, 2013

Common Core, China, and the Myth of Meritocracy

I think there could be a hidden, perhaps even subconscious agenda with the Common Core. We use the Common Core to create an artificial and arbitrary set of barriers to employment, and declare that anyone who is unable to surmount those barriers is too lazy or stupid to succeed in the modern competitive world.

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