A Perfect Storm; The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools—Disenfranchised Communities


"A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools" Part Three — Disenfranchised Communities A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools is a series of short videos, that reveals the real [...]

Why John King Should Be Rejected as Secretary of Education


When I learned that President Obama had formally nominated John King for the position of secretary of education, I was horrified and furious. As a student at Syosset High School during much of King’s reign as New York State’s education commissioner, I saw firsthand the [...]

5 Reasons Why Senator Alexander’s Education Bill [and What Is Today] Fails Communities of Color


Earlier this month, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) proposed a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. The ESEA is seven years overdue for a reauthorization. The process presents an opportunity to improve U.S. school systems for communities of color. Unfortunately, Sen. [...]

Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat and an Uncertain Future


Executive Summary Six decades of “separate but equal” as the law of the land have now been followed by six decades of “separate is inherently unequal” as our basic law. The Brown decision set large changes and political conflicts in motion and those struggles continue [...]

Public Schools In The Crosshairs


Members of the Alabama Tea Party gather outside the Alabama Statehouse in January 2014 to protest the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. Tea Party factions across the country have been among the most vocal grassroots critics of standards dubbed "Obamacore" by many [...]

Co-location Report Says, ‘Trust Us,’ Instead of Showing Its Work


Originally Published at National Education Policy Center. April 15, 2014 Reference Publication: Review of The Effect of Co-locations on Student Achievement in NYC Public Schools [Download the Report Below] Report omits statistical details and background research that could help readers fairly assess findings Contact: William J. [...]

Secretary Arne Duncan Defends Against Growing Criticism from Left and Right


Secretary Duncan Under Fire Originally Published at NewsHour March 28, 2014 Indiana, one of the 45 states that adopted the national Common Core educational standards, has became the first state to drop them. Across the country, anger over the federal government’s role in schools has been focused [...]

“Colorblindness” Harms Our Increasingly Diverse Public Schools and Nation


Reference Publication: Seeing Past the “Colorblind” Myth of Education Policy How current education policies are ignoring the racial disparities that contribute to the “achievement 
gap” and are failing to support the vibrant, diverse public schools more parents are demanding Contact: 
William J. Mathis, (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net,