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All In for Public Education Advocacy Article Archive
2014-2015

  • Guest Editorial: Private School Vouchers — The Forbidden Fruit

    An opinion piece by a pastor printed in the Baptist Standard, shares the pastor's view against private education. His points include the government strings attached to vouchers, the inability to "serve two masters," and the fact that private schools draw money away from already-struggling schools
    Source: Kyle Henderson, The Baptist Standard

  • Measuring and Understanding Education Advocacy

    A report by the Brookings Institution examines the power that advocacy organizations have in three states that recently enacted or considered school reform legislation: Louisiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
    Source: Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, David Stuit, Claire Graves and Lauren Shaw; The Brookings Institution

  • Public Schools Aren’t Failing

    Two new reports about American public schools' successes have recently been released. The Iceberg Effect, a report NSPRA assisted the Horace Mann League and the National Superintendents Roundtable with producing, focuses on international indicators of education success to help put international test results in context. The other, a report from the National Center on Education Statistics, says that charter and private schools cannot prove that they provide a better academic experience for students than traditional public schools, according to student test results.
    Source: Kay McSpadden, Charlotte Observer

  • What Is Parent Voice?

    Organizations that represent parents and support their engagement efforts are wonderful assets to our schools. But sometimes “astroturf” groups masquerading as grassroots organizations may already have a few controversial agenda items in mind. We applaud people wanting to get involved in education, but we need to check that the groups truly follow a mission and strategies for providing a better educational future for all students.A review by Mark R. Warren, associate professor of public policy and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, argues that a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute about parent organizations may call for a second or deeper look at today’s school issues.
    Source: National Education Policy Center

  • A Public School Threat Coming Your Way

    Special thanks to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) for granting us special permission to share this op/ed, first printed in its October 2014 issue of School Administrator magazine. In it, AASA's executive director, Daniel A. Domenech, outlines the threat the American Legislative Exchange Council,or ALEC, poses to public education.

  • The Plot Against Public Education: How millionaires and billionaires are ruining our schools

    This article looks at how some for-profit and non-profit funders approach their own brand of education reform. Recently, some of these funders have started to become more collaborative and actually working with local educators in implementing reform measures.
    Source: Bob Herbert, Politico

  • ‘Dems for Public Ed’ Releases Poll Showing Overwhelming Support for Public Schools

    In a recent study conducted by Harstad Strategic Research and commissioned by the Democrats for Public Education, results show that Americans support public schools and their teachers.
    Source: Democrats for Public Education

  • Student Protests Are A Bigger Deal Than You Think

    This article explains why students are protesting a change to their AP history curriculum in Colorado, and how the students' actions go deeper than the surface.
    Source: Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

  • ‘Say This, Not That’: A Slick PR Guide to Selling Charter Schools by Key Charter Group

    The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools provided attendees at its national convention with an 18-page notebook designed specifically for charter school messaging, including sections such as “Who Are ‘Our People’” and “Say This, Not That.”
    Source: Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

  • Koch High: How the Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into the Minds of Public School Students

    The Koch brothers are funding classes at public high schools through their Young Entrepreneurs program to share their ideals and values about economics and freedom.
    Source: Christina Wilkie and Joy Resmovits, Huffington Post

  • Vouchers Don't Do Much for Students

    There's little evidence that vouchers truly help students perform better academically, and students taking advantage of the system aren't even always in need.
    Source: Stephanie Simon, Politico

  • The Education Reform Conversation We Need vs. The One We Have

    Reformists are choosing to ignore the equity issue in education.
    Source: Education Opportunity Network

  • New Guardian Docs Show ALEC Misled Press, Public

    Uncovering the truth about ALEC - a leading group threatening to dismantle public education in favor of vouchers and charters
    Source: Brendan Fischer, The Center for Media and Democracy

  • State Conservative Groups Plan US-Wide Assault on Education, Health and Tax

    State Policy Network, an alliance of groups that incubate conservative strategy at the state level, plan to use school vouchers to counter public education.
    Source: Ed Pilkington and Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

  • Unequal School Funding in the United States

    Information from ASCD regarding public education funding, this is a synthesis of a research project.
    Source: Bruce J. Biddle and David C. Berliner, ASCD

  • Let's Call Public Schools What They Really Are: Government Schools

    An op-ed critiquing public schools from Fox News.
    Source: John Stossel, Fox News

  • Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools

    Article about a book that dispels the myth that private schools are better than public schools.
    Source: Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, Boston Review

  • Why We Need Public Schools!

    A principal at a New York High School responded to Diane Ravitch's question, "Do we need public schools?" Her response is thoughtful and explains the benefits public schools carry for students.
    Source: Carol Burris, Diane Ravitch’s Blog

  • Why Public Education is More Important Than Wall Street, and What We Must Do

    A video from former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains how we need to "bail out" our nation's education system because the human capital developed in schools is our only truly American resource that can't be outsourced.
    Source: Robert Reich’s Website

  • Education Matters: Why Good Public Schools Are Important to All of Us

    A Word document of key messages detailing the various audiences benefitted through public education and key ways it makes a difference.
    Source: Pasadena Educational Foundation

  • Public Schools for Sale

    Diane Ravitch meets with Bill Moyers, of Moyers and Co., to discuss charter schools and how the issue is no longer about their merits, but rather about funding and fairness. Charter school critics are concerned about the wealthy "poaching" the $500 billion (annual) K-12 public education industry rather than investing in existing public schools.

 

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