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In a presidential election year, few issues inspire more citizen anguish and less political substance than public education. This year is no exception.

How can we respond most effectively to right-wing assaults on the premises of public education?

Amy Wilkins: The way that you deal with th

This article is adapted from Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope (Crown).

While the public has been napping, the American university has been busily reinventing itself.

By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the na

Just because the ed whiz-biz politicians and the education bureaucrats have announced the end of "social promotion" doesn't mean that it ever existed--not for the past thirty years, anyway.

Wielding high-stakes tests, a noisy alliance of politicians, corporate CEOs and media pundits seems intent on standardizing education, proclaiming that every kid in America should march in lockst

Way down in Georgia last month, REM lead singer Michael Stipe paused in the middle of a solo during a rock concert because he had Kansas on his mind.

Research support was provided by the Open Society Institute and the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.

My first thought upon hearing that the Kansas state education board had removed evolution from its mandatory curriculum was: Go ahead! Be like that! Handicap your kids for life.

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The knowledge that students can forgo tests without repercussions has emboldened parents across the state.

November 5, 2013

Following a Facebook fortune-funded teacher bonus plan, Newark teachers elected an incumbent president who supports a recent “performance bonus’ for ‘peer review’ plan, and an executive board mostly opposed to it.

June 28, 2013

Some nineteen states still allow corporal punishment in their schools, subjecting hundreds of thousands of American children to legalized floggings every year.

June 5, 2013

A school-closing hearing in Chicago becomes a test of whether corporate-driven school "reform" can be responsive and humane.

April 16, 2013

Past shuttered schools and glass-strewn vacant lots, the Chicago Teachers Union documents the likely toll of Rahm Emanuel's latest disastrous education plan.

April 5, 2013

The Superintendent of Public Instruction, who campaigned as an advocate for public education, was reelected with the message, "We can and must meet our constitutional obligation to invest in all of our kids.”

April 3, 2013

As 35 Atlanta educators are investigated for fudging standardized test scores, the bigger issue is the high-stakes testing that's taken over our education system.

April 2, 2013

Wisconsin's state Superintendent of Public Instruction runs for reelection as a critic of Scott Walker's attacks on teacher unions, funding cuts and vouchers proposals.

April 1, 2013

Mayor Emanuel’s flash school-closing announcement is meeting civil disobeidence from Chicago teachers—who are having no trouble poking gaping holes in every one of the city’s arguments.

March 29, 2013

In his State of the Union, Obama naively proposed universal preschool as a conservative idea. Conservatives will not agree.

February 14, 2013