By Valerie Strauss

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

What Biden should say to charter school supporters now attacking him

The president is getting attacked for wanting to enact reforms for a federal program that gives millions of dollars to charters.

By Valerie StraussMay 18, 2022

‘We’re at a tipping point’: Whom do you want teaching your children?

Why there is fear for the future of the teaching profession.

By Valerie StraussMay 6, 2022

So much for Teacher Appreciation Week

What teachers really want -- and what they got.

By Valerie StraussMay 6, 2022