No TEST Left Behind

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Steven Singer: Standardized test scores are highly correlated with a child’s parental income. Rich kids generally score highly and poor kids score lower. That’s what these tests measure – not academic achievement.

Let’s Pay College Athletes

Pay College Athletes

Walter Brasch: We need to get rid of restrictive NCAA rules and pay these athletes. Not just scholarships and room-and-board, but, an actual salary. With benefits. Maybe disability insurance and a retirement plan.

College Not for Everyone?

getting into college

Robert Reich: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class.

High Stakes Testing’s Threat to Civil Liberties

High Stakes Testing

Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

Banks Own Us

Robert Reich: The candidate could also call for busting up Wall Street’s biggest banks and thereafter limiting their size; imposing jail sentences on top executives who break the law; cracking down on insider trading; and, for good measure, enacting a small tax on all financial transactions in order to reduce speculation.