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August 4, 2020
We are at a critical moment for education in our country. We have watched over the past week as school districts continue to struggle with critical decisions as to whether they should open schools, union threats about national strikes, and parents from all walks of life taking their children’s education into their own hands like never before. Read more »
August 3, 2020
Teachers unions are using Covid-19 as a political weapon. Read more »
July 31, 2020
“Go and set the world on fire.” Those simple words from St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day is today, colored all of his works, most notably the establishment of the Jesuits, among whose leading contributions is Catholic education. Read more »
July 31, 2020
As school systems are struggling to manage the myriad challenges of reopening, the American Federation of Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten announced that her union had approved teacher strikes as a “last resort” to protest school reopening plans that do not meet its laundry list of demands and safety standards. Read more »
July 30, 2020
The reactions to a recent article about reopening school and the pernicious effects of delaying school, in any form, any longer, have reminded me of a fundamental tenet of good communication: Never assume your reader knows anything about your subject. Read more »
July 28, 2020
As districts announce confusing and convoluted reopening plans, parents are demanding answers and responses to how they can ensure their children get educated this school year. In her latest Forbes article, CER’s Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen recommends three action steps policymakers can take to support families and ensure the nation is supporting only the education that is meeting their needs: Read more »
July 28, 2020
Instead of preparing to reopen schools, unions have spent their own members' time and resources on securing concessions and negotiating contracts. Read more »
July 27, 2020
Left, right and center, political reporters are knee deep in covering the impact and controversy over conflicting calls and demands to open school or limit everyone to learning remotely. Community, parent and teacher responses have been fast and furious. It’s hard to keep up. Nearly every hour of the day there is a new story about another system announcing new opening plans, unions standing in their way, or parents losing faith. Read more »
July 16, 2020
This time the sour reminder hit close to home, however, when the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) announced that charters’ arch enemy, teachers union leader Randi Weingarten, would be joining them for a folksy little fireside chat in their annual conference (virtual this year) in an effort to find ‘common ground.’ Read more »
July 7, 2020
37 states ban state aid to religious schools. Are these laws now unconstitutional? WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Supreme Court decided the most important education case in decades. Next week, please join the Center for Education Reform (CER) in a webinar about the implications of this case. Read more »