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December 9, 2013: It’s Time to Reclaim the Promise of Public Schools

December 9, 2013: It’s Time to Reclaim the Promise of Public Schools

Public schools – an engine for the greater spread of lifelong learning throughout an ever inclusive American society, a lab for democratic action in practice through school governance, and the best investment in the future the present generation can make…or, an institution that consolidates power and privilege among those who already have it and sorts “winners” from “losers”? Back in October of 20... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Play Is Being Pushed Out By Drill and Kill

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Play Is Being Pushed Out By Drill and Kill

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

Why This “Suburban Mom” Thinks Arne Duncan’s All Wrong

Why This “Suburban Mom” Thinks Arne Duncan’s All Wrong

Cynthia Liu is the founder of K12NN. Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “white suburban moms” oppose Common Core State Standards because they’ll find out “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they [sic] were.” SO. MUCH. FAIL. Where to begin? First of all, I’m not white, I&#... »

Robert D. Skeels: a community candidate for LAUSD School Board

What if the best candidate — measured on positions alone — is also the most under-funded candidate for Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education? At K-12 News Network, we thought you deserve to hear from an underdog. Note how plushly funded Michelle Rhee has just in the past 24 hours donated $250,000 to “corporate reform” candidates that Robert Skeels is runnin... »

Here’s A Great Stock Tip For You All!

Here’s A Great Stock Tip For You All!

If you want to make a lot of money and screw over millions of children, particularly inner-city children, all at the same time (and who doesn’t want to do that?), then join my favorite Governor Paul LePage and invest heavily in on-line learning. Studies have shown on-line learning to be a total sham when it comes to educating children, but hey, when the State will pay someone like K12 Inc. o... »

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Proxy for Deep Teacher-Parent Dissatisfaction With Current Education Policy

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Proxy for Deep Teacher-Parent Dissatisfaction With Current Education Policy

This is a must-read from The Nation on why the Chicago teacher’s strike is much more than a local issue. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel share roots in the city that was Obama’s training ground as a politician, and so they’re deserved targets as well as proxies for all that many teachers and parents find wrong with the White House’s federal... »

Public School Supporters Meet With Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten at the DNC

Public School Supporters Meet With Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten at the DNC

While at the DNC, I was lucky enough to be invited to a small gathering of public education supporters with Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten, who heads the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I’m a tremendous fan of Governor Dean — in fact, I was a Deaniac before there was a netroots. I still think he’s fantastic on so many issues close to the hearts of progressives. And I l... »

The Big Business of Charter Schools — MUST READ

The Big Business of Charter Schools — MUST READ

Don’t take it from me. Meet David Brain, an investor who also owns commercial real estate, movie theatre chains, and other businesses. He talks baldly to CNBC about what a great deal it is to have taxpayer dollars subsidize your investment. As highlighted in Valerie Strauss’ Answer Sheet, at the Washington Post: If you are wondering why you should add charter schools to your investment... »

Why the Biggest Investigative News Journalism Story In Years Won’t Get Covered — Sinking News Ships Look to Profiteering From Education To Lift Them Into New Markets

The biggest investigative news journalism story in years — the wholesale attempt by the Gates, Broad, DeVos, and Walton Foundations and others to privatize K-12 public schools — won’t be reported as widely as it should. Why? Consider this: what has the Washington Post’s coverage of Kaplan U.’s for-profit college Pell Grant scam been like? Anemic? In 2010, the PostR... »

Vouchers Create a Split Between “Ed Reform” Conservatives: Accountability Bean-Counters and the Religious Right

Vouchers Create a Split Between “Ed Reform” Conservatives: Accountability Bean-Counters and the Religious Right

The New Republic has an interesting analysis of Louisiana’s experiment in privatization of public schools: Ed Kilgore argues in “How the GOP’s New Education Policy Embraces the Market and Abandons Objective Standards” that vouchers pander to parents as the ultimate source of “accountability.” But this emphasis on parents’ subjective evaluation of a school&... »

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