Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly RuskMay 30, 2014
- The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
That Book About Inequality That's Sold Out of Bookstores? Here's What It Means for 2016
by John FefferMay 22, 2014
- The popularity of a new book by French economist Thomas Piketty should be a wake-up call for politicians. If inequality sells in the stores, it will sell at the polls as well.
Katie Couric Investigates America's Corporate Sugar Pushers in "Fed Up"
by Erin SagenMay 21, 2014
- Food can no longer be dismissed as niche news. It’s universal, vital, and urgent—and this film drives that point home.
Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations
by Molly RuskMay 01, 2014
- A new law will end the practice of evaluating teachers based on their students' standardized test scores.
This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles BeckerApr 30, 2014
- These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael StoeveApr 16, 2014
- A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All
by Imara JonesApr 07, 2014
- By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.
The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement
by Fran KortenApr 03, 2014
- The McCutcheon decision will boost the political power of the one percent at the expense of the rest of us. But it also adds to the urgency of the movement that's working to take back our democracy.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott NineMar 14, 2014
- In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug PibelMar 05, 2014
- An influential study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were improving.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika LundahlFeb 20, 2014
- A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community
by Levana SaxonFeb 17, 2014
- Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez is an organizer with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Here, she speaks about the role of grassroots groups in the fight to roll back HB 56.
When Her Photo Became an Anti-Feminist Meme, This College Woman Fought Back—and Thousands Joined Her
by Erika Lundahl, Rachael StoeveFeb 03, 2014
- From internet memes to campus quads, young people are reworking feminism to meet today's challenges.
To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy
by Laura FlandersJan 30, 2014
- The high-tech hubs and natural gas drilling the president called for in his state of the union speech aren't the answer to our economic woes. Instead, we need to follow the leadership already coming from communities, workers, and small-business owners.
Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
by Sarah van GelderJan 29, 2014
- While the president outlined important steps forward last night, bolder steps are needed. Here are eight with the power to truly create the universal opportunity the president called for.