Wesley Fryer

Teachers are challenging a decades-long nationwide conservative campaign to shrink government. more

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Pete Souza (white house archives)

Obama-era policies forced schools to deal with racism in their disciplinary practices. Now the Team Trump wants to scrap those measures. more

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Whether the focus is gun violence or racist public policies, people are collectively recognizing how we currently put the lives of our children at risk—some children more than others. more

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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Puerto Rican teachers are struggling to get their schools up and running after the hurricane, but they are in danger of being privatized too. more



Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

The candidate for New York governor and former Sex and the City actor is a longtime public education advocate, and isn’t afraid to point out Cuomo’s pattern of underfunding schools. more

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Larry Smith

Oklahoma teachers now have national attention as they march to the state capital to demand better working and learning environments for students and teachers alike. more

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This week, Kentucky lawmakers relented to pressure from thousands of public school teachers who rallied at the state capitol. We talk to Jefferson County Teachers Association vice president Tammy Berlin about what's next. more


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Her father’s name is on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, a milestone in ending racial segregation in public education. more



Vince Reinhart

Theoretical children are useful: they are predictable and generalizable. They lend themselves easily to political agenda. But theoretical children don’t exist. more

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Daphne Zaras

While the state has cut taxes on oil, state employees have not received an across-the-board pay raise in twelve years. more

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Africa Studio

What if twenty terrorists attack the school? The only way a Good Teacher with an AR-15 can protect his students is with a bumpstock. Good thing they’re still easy to get. more


The Schott Foundation is offering a seismic shift in how policy makers, philanthropists and the general public can create better schools. more

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Gage Skidmore

Betsy DeVos doesn't care about how charters and vouchers are performing, because there is no place for public education in her worldview or political agenda. more

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As a past union president, I know there’s nothing teachers would rather do less than strike. Getting a majority of them to do so is really, really hard. more

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We don't need more guns, police officers, and metal detectors to create healthier and more loving learning environments. more




What would it mean for black students to sit in a classroom knowing their teacher was armed? more

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Success Academy

If granted, this would allow teachers to transfer from a charter into any public school statewide, avoiding current degree and certification requirements. And that’s not good for students. more

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Teachers are educators, not cops. There is no correlation between helping and nurturing young people and possibly getting into gun fights either with them or on their behalf. more



Joseph Gruber

Real change will require adults to step in too, and intersectional organizing for the safety of all students. more

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Library of Congress

Staying quiet and hiding will not save us from gun violence. Neither will arming teachers. But the NRA would have us believe otherwise. more

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