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July 16, 2014

John Thompson: Time to Kill the Testing Vampire

My three decades of experiences dealing with the crack and gangs era of the 1980s, and then teaching in inner city schools, taught me to have an even keel.

July 10, 2014

Paul Horton: The Technocrat's Revolution: Progressivism's Dark Side

Teachers need to wake up and understand that the country's biggest corporations are coming after their jobs. They have little respect for teachers because they want to market products that they think will do a better job than teachers.

July 05, 2014

Charter School Networks and Shady Political Dealings: The Camden, N. J. Story

Last week, while many of us were busy making plans for the summer, something much more sinister was happening in the halls of the State Capital in Trenton, N. J..

July 03, 2014

A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?

I am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian project with bold pronouncements about the boundless capacity of all students

June 24, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Teacher Union Conventions to Debate Common Core

This summer educators around the country will congregate in the political workings of our unions at the AFT and NEA conventions. This is no small business.

June 09, 2014

Paul Thomas: The Problem Isn't Just Common Core, but the Entire Reform Agenda

A call for national standards is a political veneer, a tragic waste of time and energy that would be better spent addressing real needs in the lives of children

May 25, 2014

Teacher Education Leaders Speak Out: Kevin Kumashiro on Teacher Preparation, edTPA and Reform

This week, I am sharing interviews with several leaders of schools of education around the country, who have thoughts about these issues and more. First up is Kevin Kumashiro, Dean of the University of San Francisco's School of Education.

May 22, 2014

Massachusetts Teachers Association Takes On High Stakes Tests, School Takeovers

Activist rank-and-file movements are ramping up teachers unions' fight for justice, reason, and community solidarity by passing resolutions and winning offices across the country.

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.

May 06, 2014

Newark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: 'I Will Lead a Full Scale Campaign for Local Control of Schools'

The outcome of the May 13 election determines the future of public education in Newark. We will either continue in an era where: Schools are closed. Unproven strategies are used to "turnaround" schools.

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