2020 Dems Go Big on Public Education

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT and 2020 contender Joe Biden stood alongside American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Tuesday evening in Houston and outlined the first major policy platform of his campaign – supercharging the federal investment in the country’s public schools in order to level the playing for poor students, students of color and those with disabilities and boost teacher pay, among many other things. “It’s past time we treat and compensate our educators as Read More

Arne Duncan Answers Teachers’ Questions on the Role of Private Funds and Interests in Education (VIDEO)

As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education— a teacher on leave from my school for one year to help bring educator voice to the policy world— I recently had the opportunity to sit down with fellow teacher Lisa Clarke and Secretary Arne Duncan to discuss the role of private interests and public education. Lisa and I asked Secretary Duncan questions we’ve heard from some teachers in recent roundtable discussions: Is there a Read More

Are private schools better than public schools? New book says ‘no’

It is often assumed that private schools do a better job educating children than public schools, but a new book, “The Public School Advantage,” which is being published this week, shows this isn’t the case. Here’s a piece the authors, Christopher Lubienski, a professor in the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the College of Education at University of Illinois, and Sarah Theule Lubienski, professor of mathematics education in the College of Education at Read More

In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich

“There aren’t many things that are more important to that idea of economic mobility — the idea that you can make it if you try — than a good education,” President Obama told students at the State University of New York in Buffalo in August. It is hardly a partisan belief. Two decades ago, on signing the No Child Left Behind Act, President George W. Bush argued that the nation’s biggest challenge was to ensure Read More

Online Education Will Be the Next ‘Bubble’ To Pop, Not Traditional University Learning

Speaking in Providence, RI not too long ago, the post-speech conversation turned to college education. The word was that Brown University’s tuition alone had risen above $50,000 per year. The above number is staggering. For the most part college students tune out during their four years on campus; that, or they memorize what’s needed to get As on the tests. Why then would any parent pay the sky-high tuition, and then barring parental help, what Read More

New Research: How Girls Can Win in Math and Science

The Daily Beast For years, feminists have lamented the sorry state of girls in math and science, as they lag behind their male peers in test scores and shy away from careers in engineering and technology. Yet perhaps the most frustrating recent development on the topic is that some of the very programs designed to help girls get ahead may be holding them back—or are simply misguided. Take single-sex math and science classes. While they Read More

Schools getting by on less: Budget cuts to education mean some adjustments [American News, Aberdeen, S.D.]

By Kevin Bennett Dec. 19–Nearly midway through a school year affected by education funding cuts, area school officials say they’re having to do more with less. "It’s certainly been a challenging year," said Ray Sauerwein, Northwestern Area School District’s superintendent. "Some schools have fared better than others. We’re OK here, but I know it’s been tough throughout the state." The Legislature this spring approved a state budget that called for a 6.6 percent cut in Read More


By Benjamin Radford A new report released yesterday states that nearly half of students in grades 7 through 12 experience sexual harassment in school. The report, “Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School,” was published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and based on an online survey of 1,965 students (1,002 girls and 963 boys). The report has caused a furor. A New York Times headline reported, “Widespread Sexual Harassment of Students in Read More

Speaker touts early childhood education

Kay Luna Imagine sitting in an important meeting. Everyone else has received a memo with crucial information to read beforehand, but you didn’t. How do you feel? Uncomfortable, awkward, out of place. “You don’t feel prepared,” said Andy McGuire, a nuclear medicine physician by training. “That’s what a child feels like when they go to kindergarten unprepared.” Speaking to a large crowd Thursday at the Women’s Leadership Council’s annual luncheon, McGuire said brain research shows Read More

A vision for public education

By David Johnson When I hear pundits – from both political parties these days – talk about improving education for children through choice, vouchers or whatever the sound bite of the day is, I wonder which children they are talking about. Out of 55.2 million K-12 students in America, 49.2 million of them are in our public schools. Only a small percentage of children go to private or parochial schools. So where’s the vision for Read More