Education

Outrage at University for Choosing DeVos as Commencement Speaker

September 11, 2017

Students, professors and two gubernatorial candidates say Betsy DeVos’s attacks against public education make her unqualified to deliver the commencement speech at the University of Baltimore

Perpetual Crisis in Public Schools By Design

June 7, 2017

Cuts to public school funding sustained over a decade is a deliberate strategy to ensure privatization says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

Free College Tuition in New York State Draws Both Praise and Criticism

April 12, 2017

Approved by the state legislature and the governor, in-state tuition for households making under $125,000 a year will be free, but it excludes part-time and undocumented students – people that activist/organizer Denise Romero says ought to be included in the plan

Jesse Hagopian: Fight Back Continues after Seattle Teachers Reject May- Day Strike

April 7, 2017

Author, activist and Seattle Public School teacher Jesse Hagopian says teachers, parents and students remain united to defend public schools, and how parents and labor can unite to take on Trump’s privatization agenda

Opponent of Public Schools Now Leads Federal Education Policy

February 7, 2017

Karen Dolan of the Institute for Policy Studies says Betsy Devos is likely to seek the rollback of protections for children in public schools and pursue pro-charter policy without adequate accountability standards

Ravitch: Democrats Helped Pave the Way for Privatization Crusader Betsy DeVos

February 2, 2017

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch calls for mass resistance against Betsy DeVos, who will implement failed policies that ignore root issues of poverty and under-funding

Trumps Taps Billionaire School Privatizer for Education Secretary

November 28, 2016

Barack Obama and corporate Democrats opened the door to the serious threats to public education represented by Betsy Devos, says Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report

Chicago Teachers Win More School Funding Without a Strike

October 11, 2016

Jacobin’s Micah Uetricht explains why the concessions won by the teachers are credit to its militant leadership and why the union’s democratic nature might spur some teachers to reject the deal

Why the NAACP is Calling for a Moratorium on Private Charters

August 16, 2016

Award-winning teacher and professor Julian Vasquez Heilig responds to critics who say NAACP was misguided to pass a resolution condemning charters for increasing segregation and removing public control

Alum: Teach for America Covertly Privatizing Public Education

March 7, 2016

T. Jameson Brewer, co-editor of Teach For America Counter-Narrative: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out, discusses his journey from TFA corp member to outspoken critic

Schools on Trial: How to Fix America’s Broken Public School System

March 4, 2016

Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial,” says the United States can resuscitate its public school system by emphasizing values such as freedom and creativity

New Education Bill: Downloading and Its Impact on Schools

December 15, 2015

Lois Weiner of New Jersey City University says the main issues facing public schools are privatization, testing, teacher performance and school budgets – and this bill won’t fix them.

Is Obama’s Education Reversal Political “Theater”?

October 26, 2015

Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford says that the Obama administration claim to want a reduction in time spent on standardized tests is election time insincerity.

Are Teachers Unions Fighting for Social Justice? (1/2)

October 22, 2015

In the first of a two-part discussion, education professor and author Lois Weiner and the AFT-MD’s Ray Baker discuss the role teachers unions and their members do and can play in supporting #Blacklivesmatter and other social justice movements

The Good, the Bad, and the Hypocrisy of the Every Child Achieves Act (2/2)

July 20, 2015

Teacher and researcher Mercedes Schneider evaluates the No Child Left Behind reform bill that recently passed in the Senate

The Good, the Bad, and the Hypocrisy of the Every Child Achieves Act (1/2)

July 19, 2015

The Senate-passed No Child Left Behind reform bill gives states the option to dictate assessment criteria, while a range of outside interest groups continuously lobby to promote standardized tests, says teacher and researcher Mercedes Schneider.

Should the Teachers Union Play a Bigger Role in the Fight for Racial Justice?

December 22, 2014

Professor Lois Weiner explains that teachers and the teachers union must take concrete steps to repair their relationship with communities of color

$32 Billion For-Profit College Industry Becomes Pass-Through for Wall Street

July 14, 2014

Glen Ford: With a 50% graduation rate and heavily indebted students, the government needs to establish a federal agency to regulate this newest Wall Street-connected scam

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: Abolish Elected School Boards

April 30, 2014

Elected School Board member Alturrick Kenney and Milwaukee Teachers Union President Bob Peterson respond to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings call to abolish elected school because they impede charter school growth