Latest from Valerie Strauss

Former lobbyist details how privatizers are trying to end public education

'Public schools and the communities around them represent the kind of togetherness privatization advocates despise.'
  • Apr 16, 2021

Clarity or deception in ‘60 Minutes’ report on Florida’s vaccine rollout? A news literacy lesson.

An April 4 report from the CBS newsmagazine on disparities in Florida’s vaccine rollout has touched off a wave of criticism questioning the piece.
  • Apr 15, 2021

Reopening schools is often framed as a matter of equity. Two Black educators ask: ‘Equity for whom?’

It 'is disingenuous at best to frame the current reopening efforts as focusing on some vague notion of equity.'
  • Apr 15, 2021

Backlash growing to Biden’s insistence that schools give standardized tests during the pandemic

Critics across the political spectrum — including teachers unions and Republican senators — are criticizing it.
  • Apr 14, 2021

Thirteen things that should happen in schools now — but most probably won’t

By a teacher, who considers the worst but considers himself an optimist.
  • Apr 14, 2021

D.C. is granted permission to skip national standardized exams

City officials said that so few students are learning in person that the tests would be difficult to administer.
  • Apr 7, 2021

Why Republican efforts to ban the 1619 Project from classrooms are so misguided

"What is at stake in a version of U.S. history that foregrounds the lives and experiences of Black Americans? Why would this prove so threatening that it requires laws to prevent students from encountering it at school?"
  • Apr 7, 2021

Why the Common Core standards failed — and what it means for school reform

A new book by former teacher and public policy scholar Tom Loveless tells the story.
  • Apr 5, 2021

A better way to make sense of pandemic ‘learning loss’

How about starting by asking students and teachers what they gained and moving on from there?
  • Mar 25, 2021