Schools for potential dropouts market aggressively to boost enrollment. Some of their tactics may violate federal consumer protections.
Children who use vouchers to attend private schools perform worse on average than their public-school peers, according to numerous studies.
An estimated 26,000 African-American teachers have disappeared from some of the nation's neediest campuses, even as the overall teaching workforce increased by 134,000, reports Mother Jones.
Communities have seen their schools labeled “failing,” based on standardized test scores, and taken over by the state or national corporate charter chains. The most powerful tool that parents have to stop this madness is to refuse to allow their children to take the tests.
"How about signaling a new direction for federal education policy, one that promises to support schools and educators, not to punish them?" a leading public education campaigner asks.
A coalition of campus organizations interrupted the school’s “Cal Day” to draw attention to a $5 million fund that is set to expire soon. The money was originally earmarked for immigration attorneys, psychologists and a textbook rental system.
In this week's episode of teleSUR’s "Days of Revolt," Chris Hedges and two Detroit activists, Darryl "Waistline" Mitchell and Roshaun Harris, trace Detroit's socio-economic apocalypse, which has taken forms specific to that city but also mirrors other communities around the country.
Schools were closed in Seattle on Wednesday as the city’s first teachers strike in 30 years entered its fifth day. Last week, teachers represented by the Seattle Education Association unanimously voted to strike in demand of fewer standardized tests for students, more time to prepare for classes and better pay.
If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children -- especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities -- there can be little doubt that the United States is failing.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in early November that the state has no legal obligation to provide quality public education to students in a struggling school district.