Education Reform Policies Foster, Rather than Attenuate, America’s Permanent Underclass

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:19 am

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the former chair of Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and now a professor at UC-Berkeley, had a pretty bold opinion piece in the New York Times the other day, relating income inequality and educational opportunity in ways that I found compelling. The United States is caught in a vicious cycle largely [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Delegates Meet Today to Vote on Contract

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 9:01 am

The House of Delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union will meet today to decide on whether to accept a contract worked out last week in negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools. Union leaders initially hinted that they would accept the tentative agreement on Sunday while the details got hammered out, but decided to take more [...]

As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 6:17 am

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has twisted the knife just a bit more in an attempt to draw out President Obama on the Chicago Teachers Union strike, now entering its second day. He told a fundraiser in Portland, OR yesterday that he endorsed the position in the strike of the former chief of staff of [...]

The Chicago Teachers Union Fight Is a National Fight

By: Monday September 10, 2012 2:09 pm

Dylan Matthews published a post today about how teacher strikes harm student achievement, reaching all the way to suggest that the future earning potential of students off from school today at the Chicago Public Schools will be impacted by a protracted strike. Let’s set aside the fact that it seems a bit presumptuous to enter [...]

“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 9:36 am

The Obama campaign has recently tried to squeeze their opponent on the issue of education, leading to anomalous situations like Obama criticizing Romney for supporting class size increases that his own Education Secretary agrees with. There is probably a debate to be had between the two campaigns over education, one that comes down mostly to [...]

Jon Stewart Turns Over Show to Oft-Neglected Side of the Education Debate

By: Friday March 4, 2011 6:22 am

The Daily Show – Crisis in the Dairyland – For Richer and Poorer – Teachers and Wall StreetTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook I don’t usually make a blog post out of “did you see what was on Jon Stewart last night,” but his show last night was [...]

NY Schools Chief Leaves to Work for Rupert Murdoch, As Another Ex-Murdoch Employee Replaces Him

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:10 am

The two leaders of the anti-teacher union education movement in America, at least at the local level, are Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein, the former school chiefs of Washington, DC and New York City. Surely you get the reason why education “reform” is so prized among elites when you see the placement of these two [...]

Grijalva Pushing Back on “Nixon Goes to Waiting for Superman” Moment on Education Reform

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 8:24 am

I’ve said often that the area of common ground between Republicans and President Obama clearly was on the issue of education reform. They both believe in the talking points of merit pay, charter schools, and policies less friendly to teacher’s unions. Surely the two could hodl hands and union-bash together. Call it the “Nixon Goes [...]

Obama’s Education Agenda Prioritizes “Reform” Over Resources

By: Monday September 27, 2010 11:32 am

The President helped NBC kick off a PR event called “Education Week” by sitting down with Matt Lauer and boosting his education reform agenda, including this statement: Money alone isn’t the cure for America’s ailing school system, President Obama says. Speaking to TODAY’s Matt Lauer in the Green Room of the White House for nearly [...]

Duncan Runs Reform Contest, Hoards Education Money While 300,000 Teachers Face Layoffs

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 7:25 am

So here’s the situation – state education budgets have collapsed, and school districts are staring down the barrel of around 300,000 layoffs. Some Democrats want to help – Tom Harkin has a proposal for $23 billion in funding to keep teachers working, but he failed to gather the necessary support for it in the Senate, [...]

Wall Street Hearts Charter Schools, Gets Rich Off Them

By: Monday May 10, 2010 1:50 pm

This is an interesting article about the intersection of charter schools and hedge fund managers: Wall Street has always put its money where its interests and beliefs lie. But it is far less common that so many financial heavyweights would adopt a social cause like charter schools and advance it with a laserlike focus in [...]

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