How Princeton violated federal law

The U.S. Department of Education has found Princeton University to be in violation of  Title IX, a federal law that broadly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender at schools that receive federal funding. In this case, the department found…

Philanthropy: Have Big Funders (Like Walton & Gates) Overtaken Think Tanks (Like Brookings)?

The Washington Post's latest big piece on the influence of philanthropic funding focuses on think tanks.  Titled Who funds the new Brookings?, the piece suggests that the new funding has likey had an impact on think tanks' research agendas …

Thompson: Klein Book Exposes Klein’s Flaws & Failures In NYC

Anyone seeking to understand the failure of Joel Klein to improve New York City schools should carefully read Alexander Nazaryan's latest article in Newsweek, Joel Klein's Book on American Schools Tries to Find a Way Forward. Even though the …

AM News: Democrats — Not Unions — Lost In Midterms, Say Teachers Unions

Teachers Unions Say Midterm Losses Don't Reflect On Them HuffPost: Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, told The Huffington Post that she sees the election results differently — and does not understand how Democratic reformers could …

AM News: In California & Elsewhere, Unions Employ Conservative Arguments To Block Reform Efforts

California Race Brings Democrats’ Differences on Education Into Focus NYT: Traditional alliances have been scrambled as some teachers’ unions have found more common cause with conservatives than with members of their own party. Mr. Torlakson, the union-backed candidate, has expressed views that …

Why I’m an Educator Voter: Meet Michigan educator Trishanda Johnson

Educators’ roles continue to expand while public education funding shrinks under Gov. Snyder, says MI teacher Trishanda Johnson.Read More »

Reform: High-Contrast Responses To TIME & The Nation Stories**

**See update at bottom.

In case you happened to miss it, The Nation came out with a big 5,000-word story about TFA this week — it's second piece about the alternative certification program now in its 25th year.  

This …

AM News: Minneapolis School Board Showdown Attracts $500K In Campaign Donations

The sea of cash in the Minneapolis school-board race just became a tsunami MinnPost: Along with six-figure spending by state and local unions, the eye-popping donations bring the total amount of cash going to influence the race to easily twice …

TIME to Beat up Teachers

The cover of TIME magazine

A fabulous friend recently said to me, “I’m just so tired of the new national pastime – Beat up a Teacher.” She had seen the nasty cover of Time with a court gavel about to …

Parents, Educators and Communities Working Together To Make a Commitment to Children

By Nita Rudy, Director of Programs, Parents for Public Schools (PPS)

In 1997 the Mississippi Legislature created a funding formula to ensure that children received a fair and equitable education no matter their zip code. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program …