LFA Updates

With some schools across the country becoming more segregated, we can learn much from Morris School District (NJ), where the community is committed to school integration.

“I am all for school diversity, but not when my kid has to take the bus across town.” This comment was made during the ongoing middle school boundary debate in my community. It reminded me of findings on school diversity from this year’s PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward...

An analysis by the Center for Public Education shows that public school districts offer more educational and extracurricular options for students than their private school counterparts.

For all the talk in Washington and state capitols about the need for school choice, a new report from the Center for Public Education has made the case that public schools actually offer the most educational options for students. The new report found “an abundance of choice” in public schools,...

The education community's response to the Trump Administration's decision to end the DACA program has been swift and negative. Education leaders urge Congress to act quickly to give those impacted stability and protection.

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nearly 800,000 people are working and studying in the United States under DACA. The program, established by executive order during the Obama administration, allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the United...

Do parents value school diversity? The PDK Poll offers insights.

In a recent blog post , LFA Executive Director Rich Long noted the need for tough conversations about hard issues, including race. He wrote that “schools may be one of the few places where we can sit together and learn how to talk about these issues.” The role that schools...

The public has demanding expectations for its schools. The strategies dominating education policy conversations won't meet them.

The 49 th annual PDK Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals a public that defines the quality of education beyond the 3R’s of a bygone age. And certainly, despite much of the rhetoric at the national level, they don’t see issues as simply as private vs....

As we move forward after Charlottesville, AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech reflects on the outstanding work of the nation's public school system leaders and expresses his confidence that they will rise to the occasion, speaking out to ensure all children receive a quality education.

Some of the images we’re seeing on television and stories we’re reading about in our local newspapers are describing some of the most disappointing and disheartening moments in the history of our country. What has made it even more alarming? The violence, compounded with the flurry of discussions focusing on...

"The national debate about control is a waste of time and resources. Turning over taxpayer funds and public resources to private providers will not create the solutions we need to bring all schools up to the levels we need them to be."

When people look at a school building, what do they see? Why do some people think education, while others seem to be thinking about who controls it? I recently attended several presentations by conservative thinkers on vouchers, school choice, tuition tax credits, and education savings accounts. While each speaker listed...
By Alan Richard Despite new attention to rural areas of the U.S. following last November’s presidential election, the Trump administration and many leaders at the state and federal levels don’t seem to making education in rural areas a major priority. A new, 50-state report from our organization—the nonprofit Rural School...
Matthew Utterback took the leadership of the North Clackamas (Ore.) school district in the midst of a financial crisis: the state was in a deep recession and budget cuts had forced the school system to lay off about a quarter of its teaching staff. Utterback, who was principal of the...
This article was originally published on ISTE’s EdTekHub . Sign up to get articles like this one delivered to your inbox at iste.org/subscribe . Most of us can probably remember facing a few challenges in middle and high school — both academic and social. But can you imagine how it...