RiShawn Biddle

RiShawn Biddle the editor of Dropout Nation , is co-author of A Byte at the Apple: Rethinking Education Data for the Post-NCLB EraHe can be followed at Twitter.com/dropoutnation.

Does Rahmbo Get to Win This Time?

 

One wouldn’t think that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would still have a shot of winning a second term — especially after the hits he has taken since being forced into a runoff against little-known Cook County Commissioner Jesus (Chuy) Garcia. Last month, on Election Day, Emanuel ran afoul of the Second City’s black residents and […]

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Bring Fenty Back

 

Two years ago, Washington, D.C. voters shocked the nation when it decided to bring back a political establishment that long-tolerated rampant crime and systemic academic failure, voting out mayor and rising Democratic Party star Adrian Fenty, and replacing him with Vincent Gray, whose only notable achievement in his long career in politics was overseeing the […]

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Mitt W. Bush

 

Mitt Romney has never been known for taking strong stances on the issues. But he has proven to be even more artfully dodgy than usual on the matter of federal education policy — and the debate over whether or not to reform America’s woeful public schools. As part of his effort to woo movement conservatives […]

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Education’s Medicaid Problem

 

These days, there is plenty of wrangling over the future of America’s woeful traditional public schools. Inside the Beltway, congressional Republicans, Senate Democrats, and President Barack Obama are in a stalemate over the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. Obama will also have to defend his school reform legacy against any one of […]

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The NEA’s Progressive Turn

 

Last month, the National Education Association claimed a substantial victory when it and other public-sector unions convinced Ohio voters to repeal the state’s ban on collective bargaining. Although most voters were more likely annoyed that Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled legislature denied such privileges to unions representing local police officers and firefighters than with […]

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Taking Over Lousy Schools

 

Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve — Even If It Means Picking a FightBy Dr. Steve Perry(Crown, 272 Pages, $25) It would be an understatement to say that American families are dissatisfied with the nation’s traditional public school systems. Forty-eight percent of parents and other taxpayers rated their local […]

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Teachers’ Union Fat Cats

 

There’s something about class warfare rhetoric that always seems to attract even the wealthiest limousine left-leaner — even when they have no interest in handing over any of their own ducats. Consider the two-month-long Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread out from the shadowy canyons of New York City’s financial district to areas as […]

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Romney’s Race From the Top

 

Last Thursday’s Republican presidential debate made a few things painfully clear about how the current field of aspirants will deal with the role of the federal government in forcing the overhaul of America’s woeful traditional public schools — above all how front-runner Mitt Romney remains an artful dodger when it comes to his past and […]

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Wards of the State

 

How can a state force its cities to stop their fiscal mismanagement? Michigan has an answer: Sweep in and take over municipalities and cut up their costly deals with public-sector unions. Since 2009, Michigan has taken over five city governments and school districts. This includes Detroit’s spectacularly inept public school district, which is now under […]

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The New Civil Rights Leaders

 

Quick: Who are the nation’s most relevant civil rights leaders? Neither Jesse Jackson nor Al Sharpton fit the bill. And it isn’t Benjamin Todd Jealous, the far lesser known president of the increasingly irrelevant National Association for the Advancement of Black People. These days, civil rights leadership can be claimed by folks such as Geoffrey […]

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