Op-eds and Articles

Op-eds and Articles

The HEROES Act fixes what the CARES Act broke

Conservatives call the House Democrats’ Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act a “gigantic political scam.” Senate Republicans say HEROES, passed by the House on May 15th, is “dead on arrival when it reconvenes. As they negotiate with Democrats, Republicans should think carefully about certain student loan relief provisions in the bill. Even in good times, a…

How a New Wave of Digital Platforms can Lift Growth

Getting the economy back on its feet again isn’t going to be easy. New types of digital platforms can help. A well-functioning business is like a table with four legs: Customers, capital, workers, and suppliers. The pandemic knocked out all four legs simultaneously, with terrible consequences. When and if the health impacts of the pandemic…

Bryan Morton Leads Fight for Better Schools in Camden, N.J.

For Bryan Morton and Parents for Great Camden Schools, the fight for a great school in every neighborhood is the best way to ensure that no child in Camden, New Jersey, falls into the pre-K-to-prison pipeline. Parents for Great Camden Schools (PGCS) is, in many ways, built in the image of its founder. A native…

Congress must fill the leadership void

President Trump is promising a swift and seamless economic recovery if only the states will hurry up and lift their stay-at-home orders. “Those jobs will be back and they’ll be back very soon,” he said, reacting to last month’s horrendous spike in unemployment. This is fantasy. Besides ignoring the health hazards of prematurely reopening the economy, Trump is…

With Latinx Students Near 30 Percent of all Public School Students, Latinx Leaders Demand a Seat at the School Board Table

It is time for Latinx communities to build the political power necessary to demand education reforms that benefit their children, several Latinx leaders argue. Within 16 months, 30 percent of all public school students will be Latinx, they pointed out during a recent Progressive Policy Institute webinar. But school boards often have no idea what these…

To Succeed in the Post-COVID Era, Our Schools Need to Stop Batch-Processing Kids

As school winds down for this year, discussion in education circles has turned to next year. After a spring of uneven distance learning and a long summer, should classes pick up where they were last March—or where they would normally start? Should they ask those who did not participate in distance learning to repeat a…

House HEROES Act Gets The Trade-Offs Wrong

The U.S. House of Representatives is moving ahead with plans to vote today on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act: the fifth – and potentially final – piece of major legislation addressing the coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects. The 1800-page bill is estimated to cost roughly $3 trillion and contains a mix…

Donald Trump’s legacy is truth decay

Our country is reeling under the dual onslaught of COVID-19 and runaway unemployment, but there’s one person who’s willing to give President Trump high marks for handling the situation: Donald Trump. “I think in a certain way, maybe our best work has been on what we’ve done with COVID-19,” he mused in an interview this…

A Wrench in the Works — How Schools Can Keep the Coronavirus Pandemic From Derailing Their Construction Projects

Many state governments have deemed school construction an essential service during the coronavirus crisis. This is a good thing. While New York, the nation’s pandemic epicenter, didn’t give school facilities projects the green light until April 9, states less hard-hit were quicker to make the declaration. That sounds like good news for charter schools expecting…

Medema and Pankovits: A Wrench in the Works — How Schools Can Keep the Coronavirus Pandemic From Derailing Their Construction Projects

Many state governments have deemed school construction an essential service during the coronavirus crisis. This is a good thing. While New York, the nation’s pandemic epicenter, didn’t give school facilities projects the green light until April 9, states less hard-hit were quicker to make the declaration. That sounds like good news for charter schools expecting to…