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.
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.
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.
Sikivu Hutchinson: As Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos would most likely steamroll educational justice activists’ efforts to redress the federal government’s neoliberal focus on charter schools, union busting, drill and kill high stakes tests, and the militarization of school campuses.
Bill Raden: Together, the two education measure wins—for Props 51 and 55—stand as a striking vote of confidence by Californian for their public school system and its teaching force.
Enrique Buelna: The folks pushing to dismantle bilingual education were, and remain, individuals who understand little about language education and acquisition.
Roxana Tynan: Given our troubling financial picture, Proposition 55 is a tactical solution to extend the tax on the ultra-wealthy who have the ability to invest a little more in our state’s education.
Joel Warner: Education experts are worried about the impact of minimally staffed, call center-like computer learning labs on the nation’s students and teachers, especially as these approaches become more commonplace in the name of cost savings and innovation.
Bobbi Murray: Proposition 55, which will be on the November ballot, proposes a 12-year extension of the funding created by Prop. 30 by continuing its tax increases for households with $250,000-plus incomes.
Bill Raden: By raising income taxes on the wealthy and the sales tax on everyone, Prop. 30 dramatically stabilized school funding in the wake of the recession, averting thousands of new teacher layoffs while beginning the work of restoring the jobs and programs lost during the first years of the crisis.
Bill Raden: Throw a dart at a California Department of Education map and it will be impossible to hit a school and not hear similar stories. Until 2008 most California teachers believed teaching was recession-proof when they chose to enter the profession.
Joel Warner: As the charter movement spread across the country, for-profit enterprises saw the potential for tapping into the $620 billion the United States spends on elementary and secondary schools without the regulatory restrictions placed on traditional public schools.
Rosemary Jenkins: Private independent charters drain generally quite scarce taxpayer funds from traditional public schools, creating a type of caste system for our children–exacerbating the distance between the haves and the have-nots.
Josh Leibner: Looking back, the leadership of John Deasy at LAUSD was one of the most arrogantly destructive eras of my pedagogical lifetime.