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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

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When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools.

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Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

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How Boundaries Separating White School Districts From Nonwhite Communities Are Becoming Flashpoints

America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants.

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Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality

For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

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Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

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Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

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Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

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The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

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Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans—and Then Ask Grover Norquist

Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America’s kids.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ From States

Public universities say they want more flexibility, but such plans threaten the college dreams of low-income students.

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L.A.’s Billion Dollar Plan to Replace Textbooks With iPads Struggles With Reality

Apple marketed its iPad as an educational device “that just works,” but the City of Angels is learning the hard way that there’s nothing simple about $700 textbooks.

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What Is the Goal of School Reform?

As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

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Is College Worth It?

These four books are written in the shadow of the suspicion that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—concerning hard work, opportunity, meritocracy, achievement and social mobility—somehow no longer pertain.

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The New High School Diploma

Whether or not President Obama’s recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi’s must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously.

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How Kafkaesque Bureaucrats Are Ruining Education

Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the nation, opened its doors for the new school year. The following story is a sobering tale of bureaucracy run amok, to the detriment of its schoolchildren.

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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book (Transcript Added)

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing, and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

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Willful Defiance Against Suspensions

My 13-year-old son was recently suspended from his private school twice in less than a month.

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Do the Charter School Hustle

Since I’m a public school teacher, everybody always asks me what I think about charter schools. You got an hour?

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Education: Poverty Is the Crux of the Problem

If income divide is at the root of current public education deficits, that chasm must be narrowed by reducing the factors that perpetuate poverty.

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Revenge of the ‘Dirty Girls’

Back when I was a freshman in high school, a senior made a short documentary about a group of extremely young feminists in my class who were dismissed as “dirty girls.”

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Schools

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NRA School Plans

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School’s Supposed Advice for 13-Year-Old Bully Victim: Get a Breast Reduction

“The lady on the phone said they could transfer my daughter and said her boobs were so large she will always get teased,” the teen’s mother said. “And the only suggestion she had for me is to have my daughter get a breast reduction.”

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Teachers and Guns

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Who Should Go to College?

The college-for-all versus occupational training debate is typically focused on structural features of the K-12 curriculum and on economic outcomes with little attention paid to the intellectual and emotional lives of the young people involved—their interests, what has meaning for them, what they want to do with their lives.

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Standing Up for Teachers

Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.

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Bullied Bus Monitor Starts Anti-Bullying Foundation

Karen Klein, the bus monitor who was at the center of a heartbreaking video that showed her being mercilessly bullied by a group of New York schoolchildren, is starting an organization to help others.

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The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

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Fatter and Dumber

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How to Think

If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.

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Bright Immigrants Promise Bright Future for America

For the second straight year, Granada Hills Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles has won the National Academic Decathlon.

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From the Classroom to the Courtroom

In Texas, some students who show up late for class too many times, or just plain don’t show up, are being sent to courtrooms instead of principals’ offices, while other youngsters face heftier charges and fines for offenses that used to be handled by schools’ internal disciplinary officers and structures.

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School Shooting

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Dangerous Minds

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Charter Schools Are Not the Silver Bullet

In recent years, major studies suggest that, on the whole, charter schools are producing worse educational achievement results than traditional public schools.

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Income Inequality Goes to School

Countering the efforts of educational reformers—including President Obama and his Race to the Top crew—to blame teachers for student failures, researchers are finding that the growing gap between the affluent and the poor is the real villain.

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Los Angeles Removes Entire Staff From Troubled School

In the wake of two independent molestation scandals at one of L.A.’s poorest elementary schools, school district Superintendent John Deasy announced that he is temporarily replacing the entire staff—teachers, administrators, janitors—while he tries to make sense of the situation. (more)

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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When It Comes to Education Technology, Trust—but Verify

A school’s wager on computer technology as a pedagogic panacea is often just that: a blind gamble, and one that evidence shows is hardly safe.

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