Schools were already staffed at record levels even before COVID-19, when enrollment fell by nearly 1.3 million students.
While frequent absences were a problem before pandemic school closures, the lasting effects of online learning have led to consistently high absenteeism rates.
Post-pandemic enrollment isn’t likely to rebound anytime soon.
Breaking unions’ grip on schools benefits everybody who wants to guide their kids’ education.
Teachers are citing West Virginia v. Barnette to protect their right not to be compelled to say something they disagree with.
Parents of disabled children say the schools filed false neglect reports against them.
Plus: A listener question considers the pros and cons of the libertarian focus on political processes rather than political results.
Despite only spending a few years in the classroom, taxpayers could end up shelling out over $200,000 in a public pension for AFT president Randi Weingarten.
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What happened to the claim that this was just about protecting young children?
The union "has an outsized impact on working families who have no other choice on where to send their children...that power, combined with a mayor who is essentially a wholly owned subsidiary, would make them a dangerous force," says one former Chicago Public Schools executive.
When "graduation becomes close to a virtual guarantee, it also becomes pretty functionally meaningless," says one education researcher.
"I was born in Cuba, and it doesn't sound good when people are trying to achieve equal outcomes for everyone," said one parent.
New survey results show that "Americans believe the K-12 education system should redirect its focus on what it means to successfully prepare American students—equipping them with practical skills that prepare them for life."
The issue is the result of a districtwide policy of de facto grade inflation.
Even if credentialed teachers help kids learn more, it’s not worth making D.C. day cares prohibitively expensive and pushing experienced teachers out of jobs.
The school-choice scholar and activist explains why "backpack funding" is here to stay, why Texas is terrible on school choice, why CRT bans are a bad idea, and why even non-parents should care about radical reform.
In the popular imagination, teachers are compensated terribly. What about in the real world?
Democrats and Republicans share dismay over how educators handled the pandemic and support alternatives.
By forcing kids to learn from home, teachers unions did more to promote the need for radical K-12 education reform than a million activists.
School choice would help families escape classroom battles by leaving the battleground.
The Spanish text contains inaccurate translations of technical tax language and direct translations of phrases like "school resource officers," which could confuse voters.
Educational freedom is good for everybody but unions, bureaucrats, and the education establishment.
Arizona's new law should make alternative school arrangements more accessible than ever to families interested in educating their kids instead of funding bureaucracies.
Republicans are in danger of squandering a promising opportunity for education reform on culture war squabbles.