Biden’s tough-on-crime mantra led to school ‘militarization,’ critics say. Why his legacy on campus cops matters ahead of the SC primary
Just one month after the worst K-12 school shooting in American history, then-Vice President Joe Biden held back tears as he addressed a nation mourning the 26 people killed, most of them young children. “We have a moral obligation — a moral obligation — to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that...
By Mark Keierleber | February 26, 2020
America’s young people don’t vote. In a new book, Professor John Holbein explores what our schools can do to produce better citizens — and maybe even get them into the voting booth
How do you get America’s youngest voters to actually turn out on Election Day? It’s a question that experts have asked for the last half-century, and one that may determine the outcome of the 2020 elections. Abundant survey data indicates that voters under the age of 40 don’t favor the prospect of a second term...
By Kevin Mahnken | February 18, 2020
Presidential candidates need a primer on what’s really wrong with public education
Do the presidential candidates understand what it will take to ensure our public education system serves all students? It’s hard to know because they haven’t said enough in debates and other public sessions, so far, about how they plan to improve public education. We know they agree with us that increased funding is necessary and...
By Layla Avila and Ana Ponce | January 27, 2020
“If we don’t fight for our children, who else is going to do it?” Charter advocates to continue Democratic debate protests Thursday in Los Angeles
The rift in the Democratic party over charter schools will be on sharp display again Thursday, as advocates, parents and students rally outside a Los Angeles presidential primary debate to protest what they say is an attack on their freedoms. Advocates frame Democrats’ increasingly sharp rhetoric against charter schools — present at all levels of...
By Carolyn Phenicie | December 18, 2019
Analysis: Why Democrats should listen to a new poll of voters’ education views, that shows Americans favoring innovation, school choice, fair funding — and accountability
Last week, Democrats made history as 12 candidates crowded the debate stage, the most ever to participate in a single debate. With so many candidates and topics to cover, it’s hard to have a substantive conversation on any of the issues — especially education, which received only a scant mention last Tuesday (and was raised...
By Shavar Jeffries | October 21, 2019
Why Title I spending has emerged as a key education issue of the 2020 campaign — and why Democrats’ plan to boost funding without accountability could be a ‘Santa Claus approach to education policy’
EDlection 2020 pop quiz: What do the K-12 platforms of Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have in common? Answer: They all want to increase spending on Title I, the federal grants started in the 1960s to boost the education of low-income children. Biden and Sanders want to triple the funding, currently $15.9 billion a year, while...
By Carolyn Phenicie | July 29, 2019
Biden-Harris exchange makes busing a surprise focus of 2020 campaign. How will it affect the debate over integration?
So are the Democrats going to bus kids across town to integrate schools, or what? That’s the question that has captivated the political media the last two weeks. While the Trump administration has careened from one news cycle to the next, absorbing damaging headlines on everything from its treatment of detained migrants to the president’s...
By Kevin Mahnken | July 10, 2019