WJ Astore: You can still get a decent liberal arts education in America, assuming you have money. But if you don’t, it’s off to “workforce training” for you.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Joe Mathews: Preschool makes liars of California adults, demonstrating the vast canyon between our progressive rhetoric (“children are the future”) and reactionary reality (“kids don’t vote so why should we care about them?).
Jasmyne Cannick: L.A. College district has largest number of Black students in higher education in California but will not have any Blacks and only one woman on its governing Board of Trustees after 4th Latino male appointed
Sara Roos: These are the legislative army that would champion substituting a middle class of public servants in favor of private for-profit interests (even if nominally not-for-profit (NFP); that means only that profits must return to the business with no regard to equity or fairness.
Anastasia Bernoulli: “My mom builds the biggest bridges ever!”, he told a girl sitting behind him. She smiled approvingly. Apparently, when you’re a few days shy of 7, this is worth some street cred.
Jessica Goodheart: Research that shows early childhood education can profoundly impact the future success of children. But early childhood educators are still chronically underpaid.
Steve Hochstadt: The distrust of political conservatives for intellectuals and higher education has been a feature of our politics for half a century.
Ellen Lubic: Austin Beutner, who it is said acquired his billions on Wall Street as a hedge fund manager, along with other DFER billionaires like Wesley Tillson, learned from Rupert Murdoch how vast a wealth accumulator public schooling is in America.
Sara Roos: Ref Rodriguez Surfs a Wave of Court Continuances That Deliver His Charter-Owned Vote to a Superintendent Anointed Behind Closed Doors
Ralph Erickson: So, why the dearth of presidential names among the new high schools? Is it some sinister liberal conspiracy?
Cindy Trillo: For many, getting out of their student loan debt is a distant dream. Those repayments not only take years to finally disappear from a budget but depending on the number of years studied, can also amount to many installments.
Carl Petersen: The LAUSD Charter School Division took the rare step of recommending that 14 charters be rejected by the LAUSD School Board. The crisis was avoided in last-minute negotiations that took place out of the view of the public.
Anastasia Bernoulli: We’re a tribal species, and we all think our tribe is the normal one because it’s the one we know best. If we had been born into different circumstances, a different tribe, we would think something else was the normal way.