Sikivu Hutchinson: The recent wave of district-wide school closures highlights their importance as some of the few remaining public “sheltering” spaces where vulnerable children can receive wraparound social welfare services.
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.
Cynthia McDermott: Children are good at it when left alone to imagine, create and engage without having to follow rules and direction.
Jeff Bryant: The mounting fallout of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing politicians and policymakers to acknowledge the importance of schools as vital community institutions that need resources and support rather than fiscal austerity, privatization, and punitive accountability.
David Bacon: The strike was organized to defend the historic principle of free tuition at Mexico’s premier institution of higher education – with 270,000 students one of the largest and most respected in Latin America.
Mark Naison: Although my classes require students to do a lot of reading and write long take-home exams and term papers, students perceive them as an adventure with an eccentric professor where you never know what is going to happen. How do you duplicate THAT online?
Sara Roos: There are a lot of issues in there to unpack, but most importantly, the considerations surrounding school closure are not about individual risk or anyone’s personal chance of survival.
Beverly Bennett: It does not matter how fancy your lexicon is; with a narrativize essay, it is always advised to keep things clear.
Sara Roos: Through this tax-averse, supply-side filter, voters are rejecting both Measure EE and Proposition 13  in a personalized context. The immediacy of one’s own pocketbook out-competes the conceptual, demand-side, ‘social-justice’ need articulated by the 2019 strike.
Alyssa Abel: It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of equity in education, which means providing resources where they’re needed the most.
Sarah Lahm: Teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota, are raising the stakes this March to shift the politics of what the public funds.
For over two decades Bloomberg has funded leaders and education initiaSara Roos: For over two decades Bloomberg has funded leaders and education initiatives that support his brand of high technological intervention. that support his brand of high technological intervention.
Sara Roos: Where once California’s schools were the pride of the nation, draw of the world; today they are among the worst-funded K12 schools and the allure of our post-secondary institutions is also at risk.
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.