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School crossing

Aggressively pushing voucher programs, ALEC is calling on states to “transform the system, don't tweak it" in a large-scale assault on public education.

College graduates

Given skyrocketing college costs and the bleak jobs outlook, some argue that vocational school is an apt alternative to a four-year liberal arts program for many working-class kids.

With the nation's public education system under siege, the need for qualified teachers who are committed to creating exciting and empowering schools is more urgent than ever.

The true problems facing public education are inequality and opportunity gaps.

Maya Soetero-Ng

Like her brother, President Obama, Soetoro-Ng wants to revamp school systems and broaden test-focused curriculums.

Obama's education policy is far too close to George W. Bush's. Those of us who recognize the importance of public education can't wait for the administration to lead the way.

The celebrated film tells a familiar story about unions and schools—but misses what's new.

The author offers an uplifting example of a public high school that offers students exceptional education in New York City, but wants more students across the US to have similar opportunities.

The disconnect between the realities of public schools and the policy prescriptions coming from the White House is the crux of the problem in education.

Blogs

Last weekend, two very different speeches on the future of the teaching profession made news.

August 3, 2011

The Obama administration wants states to develop assessments for pre-schoolers. Here’s how it would work in the classroom.

July 6, 2011

 Are students working too hard? Britney Wilson provides insight on the homework debate. 

July 6, 2011

On one level, it's a conflict to keep their field house. On another, it's about the future of our nation's schools.

September 22, 2010

On Florida public radio, Nation authors Linda Darling-Hammond and Philissa Cramer discuss the ways the US can equalize its education resources and teacher training.

June 14, 2010

Not being paid for work is illegal, so why aren’t unpaid internships?

February 3, 2010

The school year is well underway, and most of you know how savage the budget cuts have been. Excellent teachers who care about their students –yes, they exist! --are struggling along without proper books, supplies, and equipment. Classroom libraries lack books, science labs lack materials, art programs lack the most basic supplies-- like paint!

October 21, 2009

Little Village Lawndale students celebrate World Teacher’s Day in protest against standardized testing.

October 9, 2008