Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Valerie Strauss

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Recent articles by Valerie:

Betsy DeVos, in first public appearance after bike accident, criticizes helicopter parents who obsess on 'safety and security’

A recent accident seems more serious than originally believed. → Read More

Teachers are told not to get ‘political’ in the classroom. What does that actually mean?

A professor explains. → Read More

Answer Sheet

A school survival guide for parents (and everyone else), by Valerie Strauss. → Read More

Karen Pence, America’s second lady, is teaching at Virginia religious school that bars LGBTQ students and employees

It also rejects evolution and asks employees to accept its biblical interpretations. → Read More

Why the L.A. teachers strike is so uncomfortable for so many Democrats

Democrats don't agree with one another on public education in the same ways they did decades ago. → Read More

The Los Angeles teachers strike, as told in a dozen tweets

Thousands of educators walked out in the nation's second-largest school district. → Read More

It’s a really bad way to fund schools — but Texas may adopt it anyway

'Outcomes-based education funding is highly controversial. It is ineffective and can make inequities worse. And this Texas version, which is especially bad, will result in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer with funding going to students who need it the least, not the most.' → Read More

Teachers union offers interest-free loans to thousands of federal workers affected by government shutdown

Here are the details. → Read More

Why 30,000 Los Angeles teachers are ready to strike over huge class sizes

This is what's at stake. → Read More

Educator: ‘When my students learned I was once a soldier, they fell for many of the pervasive stereotypes of veterans.’ Why that’s a problem and how we can fix it.

"We need a new type of surge, one designed not only to keep schools safe but to educate people about the military and the veteran experience." → Read More

Study: Bullying rates at Virginia middle schools were higher in Trump country after his election

The findings support reports by teachers nationwide about a rise in student bullying after the election, but this shows that the increase, at least in Virginia, was seen in areas that supported the president. → Read More

15 award-winning Los Angeles teachers: We don’t want to strike, but this is why we must

Los Angeles Teachers of the Year weigh in on the labor dispute with L.A. Unified School District. → Read More

Head of Florida’s school safety commission — which recommended arming teachers — appeared on NRA television. Some Parkland parents and students blast him.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri appeared on NRATV to discuss the commission's report. → Read More

New York City offers some unpleasant truths about school improvement

What happens when good school improvement meets unrealistic expectations. → Read More

Federal judge rejects L.A. school district’s bid to stop teachers from striking

Teachers are set to strike on Jan. 10 in the nation's second-largest school district. → Read More

Florida commission on Parkland school shooting cites major mistakes by officials, recommends arming teachers

The dozens of other recommendations include spending more on mental health. → Read More

Yes, there are online preschools. And early childhood experts say they stink.

They are "a sorry substitute for the whole child, play-based early childhood education that all young children deserve to have," says Nancy Carlsson-Paige. Here's why. → Read More

New Mexico’s new governor ending PARCC standardized testing to evaluate students, teachers

It's the second hit PARCC took this week. → Read More

Four common lies about higher education

The author says higher education is behind the times but still worth it. → Read More

L.A. school district hires hundreds of substitutes to prepare for major teachers strike

A strike has been called for Jan. 10, unless a contract can be reached -- and things aren't looking good for a settlement. → Read More