Education nation

March 5, 2015

The Pearson octopus

Pearson Education, the British education and publishing giant, is in the vanguard of the growing movement to privatize public education, and its tentacles are reaching far and wide in the United States and abroad.

January 8, 2015

College debt crisis keeps growing

Student debt in the United States has risen dramatically over the last 20 years as more students, including more low-income students, attend college.

November 6, 2014

Philly rallies to save teachers’ contract

The Philadelphia school district’s sudden cancellation of its teachers’ contract in October sent shockwaves far beyond the City of Brotherly Love.

September 4, 2014

Campbell Brown and the company she keeps

Campbell Brown is now the face of the campaign to eliminate due process rights for teachers. No one knows for sure who is funding her new organization, the Partnership for Educational Justice, but a portrait is starting to emerge based on Brown’s alliances with right-wing billionaires and political operatives intent on privatizing public education.

June 26, 2014

The destruction of New Orleans’ public school system

The New Orleans Recovery School District has with the end of this school year shuttered its last five remaining traditional public schools, creating the country’s first all-charter school district.

May 15, 2014

Huge rise in number opting children out of state tests

They’re just not going to take it anymore. In New York and across the country, a growing number of parents upset by the overemphasis on standardized state tests and the high stakes attached to them are “opting out” of the exams.

February 6, 2014

Danger of education as free-market enterprise

As the corporate education reform movement reshapes public education in much of the United States, a logical question is: How might this end? What could U.S. education look like in 20 years if current trends toward privatization continue? One possible scenario can be found 5,000 miles south in Chile.

December 19, 2013

Incensed over inBloom

Despite protests and a lawsuit, New York State is moving full steam ahead with plans to store reams of confidential student data with inBloom Inc.

October 17, 2013

Philly schools on the brink

Crammed classes, a dearth of supplies and severe program cuts are now the norm in the Philadelphia. The district earlier this year laid off nearly 4,000 school staff and closed 23 schools – 10 percent of the total – displacing about 10,000 students.

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