Education Issues

A potential teacher crunch looms

June 7, 2017

Public school teachers are on the front lines for the nation's youth when it comes to education, mentorship and support. But a growing shortage of educators is adding pressure to a group that advocates say is already spread too thin in schools across the country. Donavon Gardner is watching the

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice – The Washington Post

May 18, 2017

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to

#PictureATeacher – AFT Voices

May 18, 2017

We’ve all heard a lot in the past few years about the teacher shortage — and though groups like the Learning Policy Institute have made some substantive recommendations on attracting and retaining a new generation of teachers, you rarely hear about them from the pundits and pontificators. For my part, when I

An Indecent Budget Proposal | The Huffington Post

April 21, 2017

Donald Trump’s first budget proposal is a nightmare for children. Ironically named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” it contains $9 billion in cuts to education and forecloses on the federal government’s long-standing commitment to reduce educational inequalities.The budget would take a meat cleaver to public

DeVos Roils ESSA Waters

March 4, 2017

One of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' first acts also has the potential to be one of her most destructive. Less than a week after she took office, DeVos informed state education chiefs that the White House was ready and willing to go along with a House of Representatives maneuver to toss out

“School Choice” Explained

January 2, 2017

Charter schools. Vouchers. Tax-credit scholarships. Education savings accounts. What are these things and how do they relate to school choice? Education Week reporter Arianna Prothero breaks down the different forms of public and private school choice. She explains why understanding those differences will be important under the incoming presidential administration