Peter Laarman: While billionaire fascination with charters is well worth exploring and exposing, the steady advance of state-level schemes to fund religious education using taxpayer funds barely breaks the surface of media attention.
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: Cute videos have peppered the website of Steve Zimmer’s opponents claiming to be shocked at the suggestion that big money is sloshing about the LAUSD4 school board race.
Karen Wolfe: In my neighborhood, charter schools marketed themselves to white, middle class families as a way to send their kids to school without “those kids”.
s it true there are LAUSD board candidates “supported by” Betsy DeVos? Recently this very central, very arresting question was posted to a neighborhood social media website, highlighting the core themes of today’s political perplexity: culpability, association and formal logic. The thread claimed that those who opposed DeVos should be aware that two carbon copy […]
E.M. Palon — Well and good. Good jobs for everyone. But how does a youngster just entering the job market get a handhold.
Joshua Liebner: The Ed Reform Movement is attempting to co-opt the term “Progressive” and wrap their agenda up in its fabled glory.
Danny Feingold: DeVos has demonstrated a willingness to override and even go after Republicans who fail to completely embrace her program of charter schools, vouchers and deregulation.
Diane Lefer: Over the next couple of years, zero tolerance policies, metal detectors, harsh punishment, low expectations, and school police with the power to arrest kids for any minor infraction would all give way.
Joshua Leibner: On January 18th, we learned that public education in Los Angeles was buried by a million dollar avalanche in the form of a single contribution by former mayor and billionaire Richard Riordan for a local school board race.
Zachary Michael Jack: I too was a first-generation rural college student a generation ago, and found the transition away from the farm to my state land-grant university to be a fraught one.
Steven Singer: Some schools would thrive but most would fail – just like in business, athletics or other competitive pursuits. And while these fledgling schools struggle to make ends meet, predators will be waiting in the wings to benefit from their failure.
John C. Fager: The experimental weapons being used in the ongoing national education war during the last 20 years were radical but seem almost tame compared to what DeVos proposes to do.
John Peeler: A great deal of the world as we presently experience it works to dissolve the bonds of our society, to cause us to risk failure, even as we have prospered from it.