Supporting California’s Public Schools; Dispelling The Corporate “Reform” Agenda


Originally Published at California Teachers Association – Blog April 15, 2013 At its annual convention this past weekend in Sacramento, the California Democratic Party passed a resolution opposing corporate education reform, specifically naming Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst organization and “Democrats for Education Reform”. Resolution 13-04.47, sponsored by CTA, [...]

A Colorblind Constitution: What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Is Really About


Update, June 29, 2015: The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would again hear Fisher v. Texas, an affirmative action case in which a white woman claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. In 2013, the Court [...]

E-mails Link Bush Foundation, Corporations and Education Officials


Originally Published on January 30, 2013. By Valerie Strauss. The Answer Sheet. Washington Post. A nonprofit group released thousands of e-mails today and said they show how a foundation begun by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and national education reform leader, is working with public officials [...]

What Do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Student Performance


By Martin Carnoy and Richard Rothstein | Originally Published at the Economic Policy Institute. January 28, 2013 | Download PDF Education policymakers and analysts express great concern about the performance of U.S. students on international tests. Education reformers frequently invoke the relatively poor performance of U.S. students [...]

Rebuild The Dream Though Public Education


EmpathyEducates Path Towards True Progress In Public Education Policy EmpathyEducates is dedicated to establishing fair and equitable education policies, those that ensure equal education for all. EE forges a path for real and effective reforms. We work to impede entrepreneurial attempts to “restructure” our [...]

When Students Repeat Grade or are Transferred Out of School


Retention or Transfer? What does it mean for education systems? High rates of grade repetition can be costly for countries. In countries where more students repeat grades, overall performance tends to be lower and social background has a stronger impact on learning outcomes [...]