Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Valerie Strauss

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Recent articles by Valerie:

2 Indiana virtual schools received lots of public money. Now, the state wants $40 million of it back.

A state audit found widely inflated enrollment numbers — including one student who was listed as enrolled who had died. The latest mess in the virtual education sector. → Read More

First he was reassigned. Now a Florida principal who couldn’t call the Holocaust a ‘factual, historical event’ will lose his job.

Here's what the superintendent of the district said in response. → Read More

Civil rights, disabilities groups urge Florida to stop building student database they call 'massive surveillance effort’

Here's what could be included. → Read More

Florida principal reassigned after refusing to call the Holocaust a 'factual, historic event’

The principal apologized but district officials said he could not keep his job. → Read More

What black students who were bused said about their experiences

It worked in some important ways, and didn't in others. Here's what they said. → Read More

What exactly is an ‘underachiever,’ and why are there so many of them in our schools?

That they don't like school is just the beginning. → Read More

Why an 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass should be taught to students today

Read it. → Read More

How the Flint water crisis set back thousands of students

And why some people still worry about the water in Flint. → Read More

A different kind of school-choice mess in DeVos’s home state of Michigan

The effect of open-enrollment school policies on students and districts. → Read More

Charter school advocates didn’t like this report. A co-author explains where they are right — and very wrong.

The report is about waste in the U.S. Charter Schools Program. → Read More

He was suspended for 3 weeks for being in a video with a fake gun. Was that too much?

Decide for yourself. → Read More

The obvious irony behind Biden’s embrace of ‘local control’ over education

A quick look back to the Obama era. → Read More

Education was ignored by debate moderators. What the Democratic presidential candidates should have been asked about America’s public schools.

DeVos, teacher strikes, crumbling school buildings... → Read More

These details of the mess in Providence, R.I., public schools are sickening. Read them anyway.

They come from a new report about the state of the school district. → Read More

Blistering report details abject dysfunction and dangerous schools in Providence, R.I.

In Rhode Island, state and city leaders promised to fix the district, but many were cited as part of the problem in a Johns Hopkins University report. → Read More

A college admissions rant

From a parent. → Read More

A report that detailed up to $1 billion in wasted federal funds on bad charter schools may have underestimated the problem

An update on an advocacy group's March report on the federal Charter Schools Program provides new details showing the problem is worse than originally thought. → Read More

School will no longer be recognised as Catholic after refusing to fire gay teacher, church officials say

A school that refused to fire a gay teacher as ordered by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis says it has been told by church officials that it will no longer be recognised as Catholic. But school leaders pledged to keep the institution's religious identification. → Read More

After refusing archdiocese’s order to fire gay teacher, school is told it will no longer be recognized as Catholic

School leaders, however, say they will still identify as Catholic and appeal the decision. → Read More

A different 2019 summer reading list

Fiction and non-fiction recommendations from an unusual group of recommenders. → Read More