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.
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.
Larry Wines: The failure of the Corinthian/Everest empire is a tragedy for those 16,000 students who are left holding the bag to repay student loans for classes and programs they cannot complete – and that they must repay without the benefit of the education they sought to be qualified for better-paying jobs.
Robert D. Skeels: Most of the time the charter school industry’s corporate leadership is able to craft their messaging so as to distract the populace from the real purposes undergirding their projects. But occasionally, someone in their sector goes off script and tells the truth.
Frank Fear: When it comes to generating revenue in athletics, colleges do pretty much what they want and when they want. As with seat license fees, decisions are imposed on the public, de facto, as university administrative actions.
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.
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.
Rudy Acuña: My research on Mexican society has led me to explore the water question and has prepared me to appreciate the present crisis in California and throughout the world.
Steven Singer: Changing standardized test answers to make it appear students are doing better than they really are is certainly a crime, but is it really on the same level as the Mafia!?
Robert Reich: The biggest absurdity is that a four-year college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class.
Leonard Isenberg: Instead of setting aside a reasonable sum every year to fund this obligation, which would have been very doable, LAUSD is now faced with well over $10 billion in unfunded heathcare obligations it cannot possibly pay.
Frank Fear: March Madness needs to be reformed so that what happens in the name of major college sports aligns more compatibly with its sponsoring agency, higher education.
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.
Steven Singer: Those advocating for TFA insist it’s somehow better to give a child an instructor who has a few weeks training versus someone with a 4-or-5-year degree and who has real life experience on the job!