Elections in the United States are a public relations industry. How a campaign convinces a newspaper to respond to its campaign is part of maintaining good relations with the public. Through top newspaper endorsements, one can tell how a campaign has been able to persuade establishment news media that it has the right message for the country, along with a record that is worthy of endorsement.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 5, 2012 11:30 am|
|By: Scarecrow Friday June 1, 2012 4:25 pm|
Gallup released its annual results on the question of American beliefs regarding evolution/creationism. Once again, the creationists manage to sustain a set of beliefs that can only persist after a determined effort to withhold facts, sources and the imagination to keep them from their own children.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 26, 2011 8:00 am|
The Obama Administration has tried to encourage early childhood ed, but not nearly to the degree of their “Race to the Top” reforms, which stress merit pay and charter schools and turnarounds for failing classrooms. And it turns out that lack of emphasis has an impact.
|By: watertiger Monday August 9, 2010 8:00 pm|
It’s still “uniquely American” to hold down three jobs, even when you’re a college student.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 29, 2010 6:30 pm|
After criticism increased over the President’s education policies, he took to the National Urban League to defend them today. However, he ignored the elephant in the room: that holding back education funding from the stimulus to pursue an untested “reform” agenda is costing tens of thousands of teachers their jobs and a generation of students their futures.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 15, 2010 2:00 pm|
Barnes said, “We don’t have to make a choice between reform and making sure teachers are able to stay in the classroom,” and that if the education jobs fund got paid for with a sliver of stimulus money dedicated to the Race to the Top program, they would recommend a veto.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 7, 2010 4:45 pm|
This is a couple days old, but it’s worth paying attention to. The two most powerful teachers’ unions blasted the President and his education policies at their annual conventions. In particular, they decried the veto threat the President offered on the war supplemental if the House passed legislation keeping teachers in their jobs, partially offset by cuts to the Race to the Top fund.
|By: David Dayen Friday July 2, 2010 8:10 am|
Let’s walk through just what happened last night in the House of Representatives on the war supplemental, and its multiple implications, given that the House bill differed from the Senate bill significantly, with all kinds of additional spending. It’s unclear whether the Senate can pass a now-$80 billion dollar supplemental.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 2, 2010 1:00 pm|
I cannot imagine any legitimate justification for Arne Duncan running a contest at this time at the expense of maybe 50,000 teacher jobs.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 30, 2010 5:20 pm|
I hope we can be honest about what “Race to the Top” actually represents: blackmail. It forces states to change their education laws to fit particular notions about how to manage public education in America. And it does so at a time of crippling state budgets, when the Race to the Top funds mean the difference between thousands of teachers laid off or kept on the job, between class sizes expanding or shrinking. Basically, Arne Duncan and the White House are leveraging crisis to make preferred changes in education policy.