Will Fischer: Imagine what it would do for our country and those who live here if we were to take the ethos behind the original G.I. Bill and apply it to everybody—canceling all student debt and making public colleges, universities, and vocational schools tuition-free.
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.
Sara Roos: The race has been quiet because Mr. Schmerelson is well-qualified as a current board member and former educator and unencumbered by overt scandal; a clear contrast with his opponent who is not an educator but rather an administrator working in Education.
Scarlett Wells: The U.S. spends more or less $30,000 per student per year, money from individual contributions, and the government included. This is twice the average tuition fee in other developed countries.
Paul Haeder: Substitute teacher, and today, halfway through third period as substitute for a high school language arts class, the burly, idiotic, uninitiated, reactionary, dense, illogical, broken, un-teacher of a vice principal stood out that door at Waldport High School and summarily told me to “grab your belonging and we want you to leave.”
Sara Roos: Campaign donations can be useful indicators of “who” a candidate is, where and among whom their support lies; who considers them a worthy early investment, who chips in downstream.
Sikivu Hutchinson: District-wide, only two out of ten African American students are proficient or on grade level in math, while only three out of ten are proficient in English. For Black students transitioning to college, the implications are dire.
Sara Roos: This highly-vaunted “growth data” they crusade for is a variant of the data manipulation enlisted by the same legions of “quants” arguing how best to maximize their personal stock portfolio.
Brian Biery: While private schools are not a new phenomenon in the area, the surge in charters and home-schooling is more recent and an outgrowth of overall societal dissatisfaction with public education and parallel national trends.
WJ Astore: When I graduated from high school, I felt like I had a solid grounding: that I knew enough to make educated choices; that I could participate as a citizen by voting intelligently when I was eighteen.
RJ Eskow: If 44 million student debt holders are relieved of their debt burden, they will have more money to spend each month for food, entertainment, and other purchases.
Sara Roos: The School Performance Framework would cough up a single number just like Yelp does, but it’s derived completely differently.
Frank Fear: Save for the lack of player compensation, major college football and basketball are pro-like enterprises in size and scope of operations (e.g., facilities), coaching salaries, media coverage/revenue, and support staff.
Carl J. Petersen: In the compromise bill that will be voted on within the next couple of weeks, some important flaws in the law governing charter schools will finally be addressed.