Joe Mathews: Southern San Diego County’s Sweetwater District cannot escape mismanagement and corruption on its own.
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: Questioned by a parent about outreach sharply, a District official explained that only parents already engaged with elite, District-level councils were notified during this holiday period.
Sara Roos: Sifting through 2G of charter operator Green Dot’s publicly released emails, reveals nuggets about charter operations, operatives and strategy. Exposed is language that is essentially anti-union and anti-regulation. And a strategy to keep reincarnating lobby groups in new and different formats just in case the drumbeat might be missed.
Shonda Buchanan: At little moments between tests and interrogating the relationship between Moby Dick and Queequeg, I secretly wondered, do they know I don’t really belong in the Ivy Tower?
Nancy J. Altman: Expanding Social Security, tuition-free public college and the cancellation of student debt should not pit one generation against another. All of us are better off if grandparents have dignified and secure retirements, and grandchildren are well-educated, starting adulthood debt free.
Randy Shaw: Among the 45 million Americans holding such debt are the type of infrequent voters who now have a direct financial interest in electing a pro-loan forgiveness President, Senate and Congress.
RJ Eskow: The Omar/Sanders proposal, with its full and universal cancellation for tens of millions of people trapped by student debt, gives us an opportunity: to re-examine our social contract, our awareness of the public good, and our fundamental ideas about equity and fairness.
Sara Roos: A few schools raise funds prodigiously and exclusively for their pupils to be sure, but most schools raise nothing at all. The entire practice is tremendously inequitable and inefficient; the expectation is socially and perhaps academically destructive.
Frank Fear: We whiffed on a critical feature of the malaise, that is, the epicenter’s location—major schools—with money, action, and nooks and crannies to hide things. It’s where ‘gamers’ play and get into trouble when avarice, the abdication of core values, and situational ethics prevail.
Robin Urevich: Restorative justice remains a new way of thinking for Los Angeles’ 1,300 public schools — even as administrators continue to call the cops on troublesome students.
Lawrence Wittner: Among those American students who do manage to attend college, the soaring cost of higher education is channeling them away from their studies and into jobs that will help cover their expenses.
Robin Urevich: Los Angeles charters suspended black students at almost three times the rate of traditional schools; students with disabilities were suspended at nearly four times the non-charter school rate.
Pastor William Smart: This one African American opened his heart to give $40 million to pay off the graduating class’s entire college loan debt, allowing them to start their post-college careers unencumbered by debt and challenging them to pay it forward.