SOURCE: Washington Post
Texas Schools to get Chaplains and the Ten Commandments under Legislation
After a Supreme Court ruling favored explicitly Christian prayer led by school officials at school functions, Texas conservatives feel empowered to put more religion into public schools.
SOURCE: Texas Monthly
Those "Local" School Battles in Texas are Part of a Decades-Long Statewide Plan to Undermine Public Schools
Advocates of privatizing public schools have bankrolled and organized parents' groups around a range of values issues with the goal of undermining confidence in local schools. In Texas, it seems to be working to break down the longstanding opposition of rural families to voucher programs.
SOURCE: The Progressive
The Culture War on Public Education
by Peter Greene
The multifront culture war beseiging schools has one unifying principle: undermining trust in public schools so they can be privatized, without regard for the best interests of children.
SOURCE: The Forum
"They Want Your Children!": Right-Wing School Panics Seek to Repeal Modernity
by Rick Perlstein
"Reactionary panics about what children learn in school are about as old as time. And they won’t ever go away."
SOURCE: Phenomenal World
America's School Funding is Kleptocracy in Action
by Esther Cyna
The American system of funding schools largely through local property taxes contributes to inequalities both obvious and subtle that amount to legal dispossession of poor and minority students by denying them access to quality education.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Affluent White Parents Don't Understand the "Public" in Public Schools
by Diana D'Amico Pawlewicz
Are parents' rights movements aimed at ensuring quality education, or at destroying the potential of public schools to support both learning and a democratic culture across lines of race and class?
SOURCE: New York Times
When Culture War Politics Consume School Boards, Basic Functions Suffer
"there is a striking disconnect between the crises that have consumed school board meetings for well more than a year and the emergencies that teachers, nurses, custodians, secretaries and other staff members say they are facing when they show up at school each morning."
SOURCE: New York Times
Can the Democrats Take Schools Out of Politics?
by Michelle Goldberg
Times Columnist Michelle Goldberg says that the CRT controversy is obscuring the ways that Virginia's public schools are part of a long political movement to undermine public schools that got a boost from the COVID pandemic.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
What’s at Stake in the Fight Over Reopening Schools
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
In cities like Chicago, parents anxious to return children to school have blamed teachers' unions. The historian and New Yorker columnist argues that some proponents of reopening are using racial equity arguments in bad faith while ignoring the gross racial inequalities that characterized schooling-as-usual before the pandemic and the work of teachers' unions to fight it.
SOURCE: The Root
Students Protest Firing of Arkansas Teacher Who Called Lawmakers Out Over 1619 Project Curriculum
"Your recent bill is an appalling attempt to FURTHER whitewash history. It is absolutely nothing less than an attempt to codify white supremacy in Arkansas schools. Stay the f*** out of my curriculum," teacher Josh Depner wrote.
SOURCE: Washington Post
How Past Crises Changed America’s Public Schools — ‘And so too Will COVID-19’
by Ann Marie Ryan and Charles Tocci
While this certainly feels unprecedented, the history of American public schooling shows us it's not.
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Open Forum: Are public schools ‘inclusive’? Not for those who oppose abortion
by Jonathan Zimmerman
Children need to learn how to discuss abortion — and other controversial political questions — in a fair and mutually respectful way. And that won’t happen if the adults in the room tell them the right answers, right off the bat.
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