Badass Teachers Association (BATs) an outlet for teachers and parents to voice concerns, and an activist group to fight for public education. BAT groups are found in every state. BATs impact and have the backing of high-profile educators and policymakers from around the country.
Big Education Ape a blog filled with up-to-date and also archival information. It highlights other blogs and is organized by topic.
The Broad Report by the same creator of the The Perimeter Primate and Charter School Scandals, Sharon Higgins. She makes observations about Eli Broad’s involvement in public schools. Archival information.
BustED Pencils: Fully Leaded Education Talk is what you get from Timothy D. Slekar, PhD who writes and interviews those concerned about education issues.
Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) investigative research and reporting. Watchdog organization exposing the influence of corporations and public policy front groups. CMD publishes PRWatch.org, ALECexposed.org, and SourceWatch.org.
@TheChalkFace overview of public education policy and advocates democratic public schools. Isn’t always current but important.
Cloaking Inequity by Julian Vasquez Heilig is a blog questioning current school reform and it includes guest posts.
Conversation ED by Kathleen Jasper. This blog is no longer current but has interesting archival content.
The Crucial Voice of the People by Victoria M. Young DVM. She has authored several books about education and many blogs about public schools from a parent’s perspective. Vicki helped start the original Save Our Schools organization.
Curmudgucation by Peter Greene, who describes himself as The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational ‘reform’ while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education. Peter speaks out on the problems in education, and he supports other bloggers.
Daniel Katz, Ph.D. writes posts about the harm surrounding today’s education reforms. He encourages conversation about the current state of Americans public education and how to preserve its promise of opportunity for all children.
deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider’s EduBlog Mercedes is a teacher and researcher. She has several books about education.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog educational historian and education policy analyst considered one of the leading authorities on education reform. Her posts are timely and well-received. She responds to the questions and concerns of teachers and parents, and she supports other bloggers.
Economic Policy Institute focuses on inclusiveness of poor and middle class and addresses a variety of areas including education.
The Education Activist is not current. Activist Mel Katz is now a teacher. Her blog still provides information about the challenges of becoming a teacher.
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) national media watchdog group that exposes and criticizes media bias. FAIR provides a list of archieved articles about public schools.
Gadfly on the Wall Blog educator, husband, father, teacher and education advocate Steven Singer fights bad school reforms.
Gerald Bracey wrote about the attempts to privatize public schools years ago. Here’s the information foresaw. Archival information.
Have You Heard education podcasts by Jennifer Berkshire who used to run the blog EduShyster.Com. Berkshire spent six years editing a newspaper for the American Federation of Teachers.
Jan Resseger breaks down the education news, raises serious questions, and describes the issues well.
José Luis Vilson is a math educator in New York, and a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father. He authored This is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education. He writes about children and public schools.
Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J) an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 21 cities across the country. The website provides a wealth of information and how to get involved.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day has resources important to ELL, ESL, & EFL and blogs about concerns surrounding education reform.
Living in Dialogue started out as an Education Week blog once written by educator Anthony Cody. In the new Living in Dialogue Anthony shares his concerns about education issues. It is archival information.
Live Long and Prosper written by a retired teacher who raises tough questions about the privatization of public schools.
National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy student privacy concerns covering military recruiting services. Covers the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program in high school. Scroll on the right.
National Education Policy Center (NEPC) peer-reviewed research reports about the state of public schools. Researchers, writers, and practitioners work to ensure democratic governance of public education is strengthened and policies are based on sound evidence.
Network for Public Education (NPE) website created by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody fights bad school reform. They feature reports and support candidates running for office who support public schools.
Our Future blog posts on Democracy, Health, Climate, Housing, Education, Rural.
Parents Across America (PAA) non-partisan, non-profit, a grassroots organization connecting U.S. parents and activists with workable ideas for improving public schools.
Public School Shakedown is a blog that is part of The Progressive and includes the writings of a variety of well-known bloggers.
Radical Eyes for Equity a blog by Furman University professor P.L. Thomas. He writes about topics concerning school reform, especially reading issues.
Reclaim Reform Ken Previti is a retired teacher who taught in Chicago Public Schools. His blog isn’t current, but his posts are worth revisiting.
Russ on Reading covers information about literacy instruction and writes serious posts in support of teachers and public schools.
Schools Matter It is important to look back at the archives of Schools Matter written by Jim Horn and occasionally guests. Current posts are important as well.
Susan Ohanian‘s website focused on resistance to privatization and the corporate-politico assaults on public education. Her website postings were far-reaching in educational importance on almost every topic having to do with schools. The archived posts are important too if you can find them. Susan no longer manages her blog, but her books are still available.
Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates written because educators know Bill Gates wields plenty of power when it comes to public schools. Archived information.
Teacher in a Strange Land by Nancy Flanagan writes about life, music, and public school issues. One gets the sense they’re having a cup of coffee with her when they read her posts. Nancy is a friend to teachers and parents. That’s because she is one herself. Her archived posts when she wrote for Education Week can be found here.
TULTICAN. Thomas Ultican’s blog is not to be missed! He keeps track of the latest information concerning the corporate takeover of schools and provides up-to-date information on all that which newly informs the rest of us.
Valerie Strauss, The Answer Sheet: A School Survival Guide for Parents (And Everyone Else), of The Washington Post provides in-depth coverage and discussion of education issues in a clear, engaging way. The blog is a must-read for anyone concerned with public education.
What’s the Big Idea? As a mother, teacher, and advocate for all children, this blogger invites us to ponder and wonder about the education ideas that matter…the big ideas.
Zinn Education Project website about Howard Zinn, historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist. His life’s work focused on a wide range of issues including race, class, war, and history. Archived, but important resource and information.
Rethinking Schools addresses problems related to school reform. The Rethinking Schools magazine is popular amongst teachers and parents.
Film Documentary and YouTube Videos
Education, Inc Is a documentary about how money and politics are affecting our public schools. by Brian Malone
An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman Covers the real meaning of school reform.
The Current School Reform Landscape Christopher H. Tienken
The War Report on Public Education on BBS Radio hosted by activist, professor, teacher, and independent scholar Dr. James Avington Miller, Jr. His program gave voice to many frustrated over over school reform. His program is off the air, but the link provides access to the old programs.
“Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools.” by Joan Barkan, Dissent. 2011.
“Education at Risk from a Flawed Report.” by Tamin Ansary. Edutopia. March 9, 2007.
A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education by Mercedes K. Schneider
A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century: Navigating Education Reform to Get the Best Education for My Child by Russ Walsh
The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and present: Education’s Missing Ingredient by Victoria M. Young
Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and The End of Public Education by Noliwe Rooks
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
Edspeak and Doubletalk: A Glossary to Decipher Hypocrisy and Save Public Schooling by Diane Ravitch and Nancy E. Bailey
Education Flashpoints: Fighting for America’s Schools by Alan Singer
Education & the Making of a Democratic People by John I. Goodlad, Roger Soder, and Bonnie McDaniel
Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality by Gerald W. Bracey
The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation by Anthony Cody
50 Myths & Lies That that Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education by David C. Berliner, Gene V. Glass and Associates
First Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk by Steve Nelson
Gadfly on The Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform by Steven Singer
The Gates Foundation and the Future of U.S. “Public” Schools, Edited by Phillip E. Kovacs
The Gift of Education: Public Education and Venture Philanthropy by Kenneth J. Saltman
Giving Kids the Business: The Commercialization of America’s Schools by Alex Molnar
The History of Institutional Racism in U.S. Public Schools by Susan Dufresne
Hoosier School Heist: How Corporations and Theocrats Stole Democracy From Public Education by Doug Martin
Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh by Gerald Grant
Imaging Education: The Media and Schools in America Edited by Gene I. Maeroff
In Praise of Education by John I. Goodlad
In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization by Deborah Meier
The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools by David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle
Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools by Deborah Meir, Alfie Kohn, Linda Darling-Hammond, Theodore R. Sizer, George Wood And Others
Misguided Education Reform: Debating the Impact on Students by Nancy E. Bailey
NeoVouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling by Kevin G. Welner
The New Economics: For Industry, Government, Education by W. Edwards Deming
Not With Our Kids You Don’t! 10 Strategies to Save Our Schools by Juanita Doyon
On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools: The Folly of Today’s Education Policies and Practices by Gerald W. Bracey
Public Education Under Siege Edited by Michael Katz and Mike Rose
The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski
Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered by Gerald W. Bracey
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger of America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch
Savage Inequalities: Children In America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol
Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education Saying No To “No Child Left Behind Edited by Ken Goodman, Patrick Shannon, Yetta Goodman, Roger Rapoport
School Choice: The End of Public Education? Mercedes K. Schneider
School Commercialism: From Democratic Ideal to Market Commodity (Positions: Education, Polities, and Culture) by Alex Molnar
The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies by Christopher H. Tienken and Donald C. Orlich
Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions About Public Education in the U.S. by Gerald W. Bracey
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch
This is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education by José Luis Vilson
Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy by Richard D. Kahlenberg
Uncommon: The Grassroots Movement to Save Our Children and Their Schools by Kris Nielson
What You Should Know About The War Against America’s Public Schools by Gerald W. Bracey
Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? by Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian
With Malice Toward All? The Media and Public Confidence in Democratic Institutions by Patricia Moy and Michael Pfau
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World by Yong Zhao
Why Is You Always Got to Be Trippin: School Reform and the Racial Divide by Ciedie Aech
The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch by Diane Ravitch