The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

Obama Administration Education Policies

-+*Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.

Charter Schools: The Education Equivalent of Subprime Mortgages

Charter School Fad

-+*Mark Naison: The Charter School Fad, which seems to have swept through major parties, is going to result in a very painful Day of Reckoning. Any industry given this kind of public subsidy, and this kind of freedom from regulation, is going to lead to extremely high levels of corruption.

Who Can Fill Henry Waxman’s Shoes?

Replacing Henry Waxman

-+*Karen Wolfe: The biggest lesson of the day was that education advocates should make sure their questions get asked and answered. In an election with plenty of issues, we need to make sure education doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Campus Rape Reports Up, And That’s Not Entirely Bad

Campus Rape Reports

-+*Tara Culp-Ressler: College administrators, who want to avoid cultivating a bad reputation as an unsafe school, are typically squeamish about the fact reforming their sexual assault policies can actually result in an initial uptick in rape reports. But it’s important to realize that this data can signal that students have the support systems they need.

Academe as a Plantation: A False Consciousness

Exploiting Part-Time Teachers

-+*Rudy Acuña: In Chicana/o studies department some teach at two and three other campuses to eke out a living. The result is they parachute in and out of the university, and students in most cases do not get the benefit of office hours.

ACLU Lawsuit Delivers for Students at 37 Schools

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-+*Diana Rubio: Attorneys representing middle-school students who experienced huge teacher turnover due to budget-based layoffs have reached a historic agreement in the Reed v. State of California et al. lawsuit.

Kids Under Pressure

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-+*Mark Naison: All over the nation, stories abound of classrooms becoming zones of extreme stress, with teachers and students displaying symptoms of anxiety, rage ,and depression in response to the new demands.