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CTU Protest

Showdowns in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond have turned out parents and teachers in droves—and revealed how out of touch education reformers really are.

Student reading

Resistance is growing, and with good reason—test mania delivers few benefits and often harms the students it’s meant to help. 

Occupy the DOE march

The growing movement against education reform is challenging a well-messaged behemoth funded by billionaires and sanctioned by both political parties.

Jonathan Kozol

Paul Tough and Jonathan Kozol examine how decades of family-unfriendly policies have heightened the stress experienced by many children at home and school.

Won't Back Down

A crude and hackneyed film, Won't Back Down peddles an improbable and deceptive message about schools and poverty.

Unions need to be at the forefront of improving public education across the country.

Casualties in the Education Reform Wars

The stakes are high for students unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire.

As Obama touts his education reforms and neoliberals face off with teachers, hardly anyone is talking about the real problems besetting America’s public schools.

Chicago teachers' strike

In Chicago, teachers aren’t just fighting for a fair contract—they’re fighting to stop the education reform agenda that dominates the national debate.

Blogs

Voters force school-closing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff and demand an elected school board.

February 25, 2015

Reports of human rights abuses continue to haunt NYU’s overseas projects.

February 23, 2015

Students in Newark, New Jersey, walked out of class earlier this month in protest of the “One Newark” plan to privatize the district’s schools. A substitute teacher reflects on the action.

September 26, 2014

He’ll do to the country what he did to Newark’s schools, the governor promises.

August 1, 2014

Hardline reformers are using Vergara v. State of California to dismantle tenure in other states.

June 13, 2014

“They’ve lost before they even walked into that room,” said a Brooklyn English teacher. “They’re already telling themselves, ‘I can’t,’ and they’re stressed. They want to throw up.”

May 21, 2014

An alternative education that makes sense would go beyond test prep

May 5, 2014

And we wonder why there’s an education gap.

March 28, 2014

A grassroots movement tapped into fears that affirmative action would close off university spots for Asian-American students.

March 18, 2014

de Blasio’s pick for schools chancellor is a great first step toward changing the direction of school reform in New York. But it was just the first step.

December 31, 2013