By Valerie Strauss

Rise of the ‘jackhammer parent’

They take intensive parenting to new and harmful heights, an educator says.

By Valerie StraussAugust 1, 2022

How Hillsdale College-affiliated charter schools spread

The conservative Christian college's network of "classical" charter schools is spreading in multiple states.

By Valerie StraussJuly 30, 2022

Six things kids need in school in today’s politicized world

"The education policy context we operate within often seems woefully out of step with the actual children in our classrooms."

By Valerie StraussJuly 28, 2022

Maryland’s next governor and public education

Maryland's next governor will have a profound impact on public schools -- and voters have a wide range of options.

By Valerie StraussJuly 15, 2022

The hit comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’ is really a tragedy

The conditions undergirding the humor are a national scandal — at which we laugh.

By Valerie StraussJuly 12, 2022

Teachers go to the ‘dumbest colleges’ — who said it and why it matters

The president of a conservative Christian college who is an education adviser to the governor of Tennessee sparked a controversy with his comments.

By Valerie StraussJuly 9, 2022

What the Biden administration’s new rules for charter schools say

The charter lobby won some concessions but aren't likely to embrace them.

By Valerie StraussJuly 5, 2022

Florida law limiting LGBTQ discussions takes effect — and rocks schools

The White House said the Education Department would welcome civil rights challenges to the measure.

By Valerie StraussJuly 1, 2022

Ignoring voters, Arizona approves nation’s largest school voucher scheme

Last time voters had a say, they rejected vouchers. But the GOP went ahead anyway.

By Valerie StraussJune 30, 2022

Is the common school in America dying?

“Is the post-modern state now dedicated to segmented tribes — split along divergent ideologies of schooling — rather than rallying behind a common good?”

By Valerie StraussJune 30, 2022

Vital education issues the Supreme Court could revisit

School prayer. Teaching evolution. Affirmative action. Discrimination in admissions and hiring.

By Valerie StraussJune 29, 2022

A brief lesson on Roe v. Wade

From nonpartisan sources.

By Valerie StraussJune 24, 2022

Students chronicle their troubled world

Amid the ferocious debate about public education, it's easy to forget that many students do great work at many schools. Here's some of it.

By Valerie StraussJune 24, 2022

How Supreme Court ruling lays groundwork for religious charter schools

Here are the consequences of the ruling that says the state of Maine cannot deny tuition aid to religious schools.

By Valerie StraussJune 21, 2022

Texas GOP to schools: Use live ultrasounds to show a ‘preborn child’

It has some other ultra-conservative ideas of what students should learn, too.

By Valerie StraussJune 21, 2022

Supreme Court likely to drop school voucher bombshell

The decision could have profound implications for traditional public school districts as well as charter schools.

By Valerie StraussMay 27, 2022

Texas official wants to arm more teachers. Bad idea.

The killings of 19 elementary school students and two teachers sparks new calls for arming educators.

By Valerie StraussMay 25, 2022

Told not to say ‘gay’ in graduation speech, he made his point anyway

A Florida high school graduate says he was told not to say "gay" in his graduation speech. So he said "curly hair" instead.

By Valerie StraussMay 24, 2022

Why Virginia Gov. Youngkin is wrong about student NAEP scores

The NAEP achievement levels are misleading -- and politicians often wrongly interpret the scores.

By Valerie StraussMay 20, 2022