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December 10, 2013

John Thompson: Time is Right for "Principles that Unite Us"

Teachers, unions, students, and families are finding a common voice. It is the perfect time for the American Federation of Teachers to issue "The Principles that Unite Us," a call for labor and communities to unite in a new era of school reform.

October 29, 2013

Billionaires Going Bonkers: Trying to Reboot Reform

From coast to coast, the billionaire-backed education reform project is back-pedaling, and there are signs of desperation showing up all over.

October 16, 2013

Process Matters in a Democracy: Common Core Fails the Test

Decisions that were made without democratic input are not legitimate. Officials implementing these policies should be challenged in public at every opportunity.

October 12, 2013

Parents Voice Concerns About Common Core: NY Dept of Ed Cancels Further Hearings

Speaking truth to power, as these parents did, is an intoxicating thing. It delivers to both speaker and witnesses a shiver, an awakening to the fact that we do not need to suffer in silence, or allow our children to suffer without objection.

September 26, 2013

Marginalizing the Teaching Profession: Merrow, Ravitch, and Education Nation

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

September 22, 2013

An Indiana Parent Writes to NBC's Education Nation: Why Only Present One Side of a Public Debate?

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.

September 16, 2013

Chicago Teacher: Inhumane Working Conditions are Inhumane Learning Conditions

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,

September 15, 2013

"Reign of Error" Reviewed: Ravitch Rises

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

September 10, 2013

Indiana Grassroots Groups Not Ready to Exonerate Tony Bennett in School Grading Scandal

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

September 04, 2013

Education Nation, 2013: Will NBC News Use the Gates Foundation's Facts Again? Or Can We Get a Real Dialogue Going?

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

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