Education

Democrats MIA on student loans

The nation now owes close to $1.4 Trillion in student loan debt, up nearly $1 Trillion from 2008 when the current president took office. Judging from the rhetoric coming from both Bernie Sanders...

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Our next president’s education agenda

Aggressively raising the bar for our nation’s public schools and students is President Obama’s greatest unsung accomplishment. One of the first decisions for the next President will be whether to expand upon Obama’s legacy – or reject it by...

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Building the American dream

The construction industry has provided fulfilling and high-paying careers for generations; unfortunately a shift away from encouraging careers in the skilled trades combined with industry growth has helped...

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Solving school desegregation is not rocket science

In 1968, the United States launched Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon and return safely. In that same year but with much less publicity, Tacoma Public Schools launched the nation’s first magnet school, McCarver Elementary...

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Keep the promise: Don’t cut veteran education benefits

As cities and towns across America prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, we are once again reminded of the sacrifice of the small minority of men and women who volunteer to put themselves into harm’s way for our nation. But, after the...

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School desegregation: It's not just a Mississippi problem

62 years after Brown vs. Board, the Supreme court has decided that perhaps outstanding consent decrees from the 70s should be enforced in Cleveland, MS.  I have a memoir, TEACHER, forthcoming this fall about the rural black public schools of...

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Money shouldn't outweigh merit in college admissions

Colleges and universities are supposed to be engines of social mobility where smart students from poor families get ahead based on their hard work, persistence and abilities. It’s sad that many colleges have lost their way and are primarily...

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Breaking Congressional gridlock to feed the kids

For those of us interested in policy solutions to serious challenges facing Americans, these past few months have been discouraging. The combination of a crazy presidential race and long-standing political polarization has brought Congress almost...

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