Education Reform

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.

Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs

Start-Up NY

-+*Lawrence Wittner: For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

What Bennett Kayser’s Defeat Teaches Us

Bennett Kayser

-+*Joshua Leibner: You completely dismissed the agonized cry of the teachers of LAUSD who believed that the students should have a superintendent who championed their causes through education policies.

Why Teachers Teach

Why Teachers Teach

-+*Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: When I first became a teacher, I went into shock when I realized that not all schools were like the school that I had grown up with, that not all children were given the same opportunities that I was.

Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education

-+*Rosemary Jenkins: We must never be guilty of dummying down our standards, but the standards must never be so draconian that many students would be discouraged from pursuing a meaningful education.

What the PUC Is Going on Here?

Ref Rodriguez

-+*Hans Johnson and Hector Huezo: Rodriguez’ name and PUC financial management practices have come under scrutiny by the inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which oversees local charter schools.

Bennett Kayser for School Board

Bennett Kayser for School Board

-+*Karen Wolfe: Kayser is being outspent by charters 9:1. But if every teacher who lives in Board District 5 brings in two votes, Bennett Kayser will win and, once again, people will win over corporate power.

A Circular Argument on Impaction

CSUN Student Body

-+*Rudy Acuña: My current dragon is Impaction, which is to limit the access of transfer and freshman admits over the next five years by 1 percent a year. That does not seem so severe, but for the fact that those most apt to be cut are Latinos and Blacks.