Education nation

April 5, 2018

An awakening in West Virginia

West Virginia teachers recently gave the nation a lesson in the labor movement’s power when workers stand united.


February 1, 2018

Wisconsin teachers suffer after unions decimated

As public employee unions brace for a ruling in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a cautionary tale is unfolding in Wisconsin.

December 7, 2017

Koch brothers target Latino families

David and Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity promotes privatization, charter schools, vouchers and free markets. But the Libre Initiative is theirs as well, the latest effort to build support for their ideas and influence policy, this time by targeting Latino families.

October 5, 2017

Illinois confronts aid inequity

A new school funding formula in Illinois, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, is being hailed as a historic first step toward making sure more state dollars go to the public schools that need it the most.

July 6, 2017

Financial crisis threatens education in Puerto Rico

Public schools in Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, have been the collateral damage of an epic financial collapse on the island.

May 4, 2017

Kansas funding feud

School funding in Kansas was decimated after Sam Brownback became governor in 2011 and started slashing taxes. But the state court is demanding changes.

March 2, 2017

A cautionary tale of vouchers from Indiana

Does Indiana’s school voucher program, one of the country’s largest and most rapidly expanding programs, offer a glimpse into the future of education during the Trump administration?


January 5, 2017

Trump pick would be a 'disaster'

Don't confuse Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for education, secretary, with run-of-the-mill charter advocates. Her goal is "the full dismantling of public schools in favor of religious and private schools," says one critic.

November 3, 2016

Familiar faces in Massachusetts charter cap battle

Massachusetts has become a major battleground for corporate education reformers intent on expanding the charter sector this fall. Their goal: to lift the 120-school statewide cap on charter schools. Their vehicle: a binding referendum on the ballot on Nov. 8.

September 8, 2016

Christie funding plan would hurt neediest kids

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, announced in June a proposal to rip up the state’s formula for distributing $9 billion in state school aid and replace it with one-size-fits-all funding: $6,599 for each student, whether the student is struggling in an impoverished block of Newark or thriving in the suburbs of Summit.

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