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Valerie Strauss

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Recent articles by Valerie:

Should taxpayers fund religious education? Betsy DeVos says yes. Now, the Supreme Court will decide.

What's at stake is a lot. → Read More

Book excerpt: Nashville’s Amy Frogge used ‘grassroots resistance’ to counter corporate school reform

Here is an excerpt from “Slaying Goliath” about one public education advocate who fought back: Amy Frogge of Nashville. > Amy Frogge is a lawyer and a parent of children who attended Gower Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2010, the city suffered a devastating flood, and people came together from across the city and even from out of state to help rebuild the damaged neighborhoods.… → Read More

Q&A: In ‘Slaying Goliath,’ Diane Ravitch argues public education advocates have beat back privatization efforts

She introduces readers to the people who, she says, have won the fight, even though “reformers” keep trying. → Read More

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘The richest nation on Earth has never allocated enough resources to build sufficient schools’

Prescient quotes by MLK on education. → Read More

Report: Wide disparities in how states/localities fund public schools. Here’s a state-by-state comparison.

How much money do states and localities spend on public K-12 education nationwide? A new report reveals wide disparities in the amounts schools receive from state and local governments, which together appropriate most of the funding that K-12 districts receive. According to “Making the Grade 2019: How Fair Is School Funding in Your State?," published by the nonprofit Education Law Center, the… → Read More

Talking to young students about the Holocaust

A 2018 survey in the United States found that two-thirds of millennials could not identify Auschwitz. → Read More

Transcript of Trump announcement on school prayer: ‘There is a growing totalitarian impulse on the far left that seeks to

It’s worth reading. → Read More

Missouri bill: New parent board could toss any public library book it deems sexually inappropriate — and librarians could be jailed

Critics say the legislation amounts to book banning. → Read More

A top teacher takes a knee to make a point as the Trumps attend the college football championship

Here's who and why. → Read More

News literacy lessons: Why a piece about Facebook in Teen Vogue sparked confusion

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

Trump said he will move to ensure students and teachers can pray in school. They already can.

The White House said he plans to take action on Thursday. → Read More

Lawyers are leading U.S. colleges and universities more than ever before. Is that good or bad for higher education?

This is what research suggests. → Read More

18 years ago, Mike Pence voted against No Child Left Behind. So did Bernie Sanders. Their reasons weren’t the same.

Joe Biden, however, voted for it. → Read More

News literacy lessons: How a satirical story about Democrats and Qasem Soleimani was spread as fact. Plus a doctored video of Joe Biden.

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

How to get kids to love to write

Here's one program, co-founded by author Dave Eggers, that gets the job done, according to a Berkeley professor. → Read More

Report: Chicago schools watchdog reviewed 458 sexual assault allegations in fiscal 2019 — and many other alleged misdeeds

Here's what they found. → Read More

The surprising source of key data in a report critical of U.S. Charter School Program

It turns out it came from Education Secretary DeVos. In this post, the lead author of the report takes on critics. → Read More

Arguably the two most appalling stories about the standardized testing obsession of the 2010s

There are plenty to choose from. → Read More

DeVos, kids, tests: What readers clicked on the most in the last decade

Two lists: the most read from the last decade and from the last year. → Read More

A teacher assesses the past decade in K-12 education — and makes 9 predictions for the 2020s

See if you agree. → Read More