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Vocational education news and analysis from The Nation
February 11, 2019
A Lawsuit Threatens a Groundbreaking School-Desegregation Case
Sheff v. O’Neill,
Hartford, Connecticut, created a new model for school integration. Now a conservative law firm wants to dismantle it.
Rachel M. Cohen
June 19, 2018
Americans Are Drowning in Student-Loan Debt. The US Should Forgive All of It.
No young person should be condemned to debt for pursuing the higher education or technical training that virtually everyone agrees is vital to this nation’s future.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
December 5, 2016
Free Spaces Can Help Us Fight Trumpism
In free spaces citizens learn political skills, develop public confidence, and build civic relationships across race, class, faith, and partisanship.
Harry C. Boyte
June 3, 2016
Trump’s Racist Judicial Attack Deliberately Obscures the Larger Story: For-Profit Schools
By now this should be a familiar Trump tactic: Distract attention from hard ethical questions by playing to everyone’s most base instincts.
March 29, 2016
These Politicians Think Your Kids Need High-Stakes Testing—but Not Theirs
These politicians send their own kids to progressive schools that eschew rote learning.
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August 17, 2015
Prison Education Reduces Recidivism by Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?
Giving prisoners access to financial aid for college tuition is the first step towards “de-carceration.”
May 19, 2015
This Is What Happens When You Slash Funding for Public Universities
Like other struggling schools, the University of Arizona is raising out-of-state tuition—and courting the affluent students who can afford to pay it.
June 25, 2014
Can a Free Press Flourish Behind Bars?
For 127 years, prison newspapers have struggled to speak truth to the outside world.
June 6, 2012
With Youth Unemployment This High, Remind Me What’s So Bad About Vocational Education?
Our high schools are failing to prepare young people for an unforgiving economy.
April 19, 2012
The Future of Vocational Education
Would the European high school apprenticeship model work in the United States?