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The president of United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo-Pearl, center, joins unionized teachers at a rally in the city in 2018.

A Rolling National Teacher Strike Is Why Schools Are Closed

Context isn’t just coronavirus, but years of union activism and potential for tens of billions in federal funds from Biden.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by a military honor guard as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Trump Education Reform Legacy: Too Little, Too Late

President discovered education reform in closing stretch of re-election campaign
Cover of The 1776 Report

Biden Eliminated the 1776 Commission But Not the Need for ‘Patriotic’ Education

"Portraying the American tale as an endless parade of horribles isn’t any more honest than cartoonish accounts of American wonderfulness."
Photo of Miguel Cardona

Miguel Cardona Deserves a Chance to Prove His Mettle

"Stealth” status of Biden nominee has an expiration date.
Dr. Jill Biden

Day After Inauguration, Biden Welcomes Teachers Union Leaders to White House

“I know how hard it is. I am teaching hybrid this semester myself,” says first lady Dr. Jill Biden
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

An Exit Interview With Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

"We’ve seen some of America’s largest districts refuse to open, not based on the recommendation of scientists, but because of political interests."
Collage of the previous five U.S. Secretaries of Education, with a question mark in the sixth box

What Makes for an Effective Secretary of Education?

Thick skin, respect for data are among the qualities needed for success
Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden head to a joint congressional session to tally the 2016 electoral college votes on January 6, 2017.

Anticipating What’s Ahead for Ed After the Election

Imagining the ingredients of a Biden-McConnell deal

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