Valerie Strauss

Education reporterWashington, D.C.

The latest from Valerie

The comments include exchanges between readers and one of the teachers who met with Obama over lunch to talk about education.

  • Jul 13, 2014

Bill Gates has tried to downplay the business interests that Microsoft has in Common Core.

  • Jul 12, 2014

The FCC will vote Friday on a plan to modernize the E-Rate program, which provides discounts to schools and libraries for Internet access and telecommunications.

  • Jul 10, 2014

Teacher writes: ‘There’s nothing wrong with the kids. There is plenty wrong with the system—but none of it is inevitable. ‘

  • Jul 10, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission has a key vote coming up Friday on how to modernize the ‘E-Rate’ program.

  • Jul 9, 2014

A pediatric occupational therapist says schools keep kids in their chairs far too long.

  • Jul 8, 2014

Arne Duncan’s relations with the teachers unions are about to get more difficult.

  • Jul 8, 2014

High remediation rates are used to justify corporate school reform.

  • Jul 7, 2014

The FCC has an important vote on the E-Rate this week that will affect millions of students.

  • Jul 7, 2014

Dennis Van Roekel urges teachers to demand an end to corporate school reform.

  • Jul 6, 2014

  • Jul 5, 2014

A teacher writes ‘ A Declaration of Teacher Leadership.’

  • Jul 4, 2014

Take our July 4 quiz and test your knowledge of the history of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Jul 3, 2014

‘It is remarkable, indeed depressing, that Justice Ginsburg is the only prominent white leader still making a consistent case for race-conscious policy.’

  • Jul 3, 2014

If you think independence was declared on July 4, 1776, you are wrong. Plus other misconceptions.

  • Jul 2, 2014

Linda Darling-Hammond writes that the ‘teaching gap’ is real and significant.

  • Jul 1, 2014

More resources must be allocated to financial aid.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Most U.S. kids begin school in classrooms that are heavily segregated, and black and Hispanic kindergartners are also disproportionately surrounded by poor peers.

  • Jun 30, 2014

One of the central parts of the Core initiative -- common testing -- isn’t going to happen anymore.

  • Jun 29, 2014

‘...no matter how good I get, the crafting of an excellent teacher never ends.’

  • Jun 28, 2014
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About Valerie

I’ve been covering education for at least as long as I went to school – from kindergarten through graduate school – and The Answer Sheet gives me the opportunity to keep learning (and get paid for it).

I research my own pieces that reflect the (often unfortunate) historic changes under way in the American public education system, and I publish the work of teachers, parents, researchers and others, some people with whom I disagree. I take a wide view of what constitutes an education topic: Anything that I happen to be interested in (and I try to mention the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen whenever it makes even the slightest bit of sense to include). I like to laugh, so sometimes, I run pieces that make me do that. Read The Answer Sheet and let me know what you think.