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the funders of corporate reform are making a great effort to pretend that those of us who profoundly disagree with their approach are some kind of fringe element


John Merrow has written a blog post that attempts to marginalize one of the central figures of our national discourse on education.


The people who designed Common Core expected tremendous drops in proficiency rates, and that's exactly what we're seeing.


I would like to know how you went about selecting these particular guests. I notice that almost all of the people are those who agree about corporate "reform" of public schools.


In the last week, the Tribune has rolled out three pieces on its editorial pages in support of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and vouchers.


how can educators attempt to comply with distractions like the RttT and still find the time and money necessary to implement more promising reforms?


Secretary Duncan, you have a successful career. Would you be willing to take the Common Core Tests as they become available and share your score?


At my large elementary school on Chicago's southwest side, the mercury on the thermometer soars to a scorching 90 degrees. Sweat drips down the students' little round faces,


Diane Ravitch has emerged as an iconic figure on America's political landscape. What Daniel Ellsberg was to the Vietnam War, Ravitch has become to the battle raging over public education


When Bill Gates or Arne Duncan tour a high-performing school that supposedly serves the "same" kids as failing neighborhood schools and proclaim, "Amazing!," do they really believe it?


it turned out that his own rules, which he wouldn't have even considered modifying for other schools, could be rearranged at the last minute in the special case of a donor's charter school


Sadly, America's teachers and parents and students had little input developing a common core of national standards, but they will be held accountable for the results of this latest federal education initiative.


Corporate Reform and teaching to the test for exit exams and AP courses have so atomized our national historical narrative that it no longer exists.


First Class also tells the tragic story of the elite institution becoming collateral damage due to the ham-handed way that America's schools were desegregated


If Education Nation is to deliver on its promise of a thoughtful, well-informed dialogue, it should feature both sides of the debate raging over the central issues in education


Mr. Van Roekel seems to want us to inhabit some alternative universe where teachers can teach according broad guidelines, and high stakes tests are on hold


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