Federal Role in Education

Posted May 25, 2017

Betsy DeVos Says Discrimination Isn’t Her Problem. And She’s Dead Wrong.

Give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos points for ideological consistency. In a budget hearing yesterday, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) pressed DeVos on whether her plan for…

By Matt Lehrich

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Posted May 23, 2017

Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Education Budget

Critics of the Obama administration's Department of Education repeatedly targeted what they saw as federal "overreach" into local districts. Now the Trump education budget guts funding for programs that are popular and effective at the local level, while only adding significant new funding to one area—trying to influence local decisions about school choice. This proposed budget is a greater assault on local control. It needs to be called…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017

Betsy, Can We Really ‘Uber’-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016

Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I’m Skeptical.

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative government will be good for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 13, 2016

Here’s How Secretary King Is Living Up to a 50-Year-Old Promise

Kevin Kosar, a fellow at a conservative think tank, wrote a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute aimed at Education Secretary John King’s…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted May 18, 2016

This Little Provision of ESSA Could Make a Big Difference for Low-Income Kids

A little-noticed provision in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states to set aside funding to help schools create new programs for underserved…

By Michael Magee

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Posted May 17, 2016

On the Anniversary of Brown v. Board, We Still Have Work to Do

During a recent panel on the state of education for Black students, an interviewer asked, “What can we do to get more of the Black…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Apr. 1, 2016

VIDEO: A ‘Hammered’ History of the Federal Role in Education, Starring Rick Hess and Michael Petrilli

I never, ever find conservatives funny but these two guys really crack me up. They are so funny, witty, insightful and charming. And did I…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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