Derek Black

There Is No Constitutional Right to Education - That Needs To Change

Public school funding has shrunk over the past decade. School discipline rates reached historic highs. Large achievement gaps persist. And the overall performance of our nation’s students falls well below our international peers.

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School Choice Tax Break Is Yet Another Gift to the Wealthy

According to Edweek, Congress's proposed tax plan would allow families to pull up to $10,000 a year out of their 529 college savings account and spend it on K-12 private school tuition (as well as other educational expenses).  The proposal appears to be more an act of desperation than rationality in pursuing public support for private choice in K-12 education.  The Trump administration's earlier proposal to take federal funding for public schools and drive it toward vouchers and charters never got any serious traction.  If anything, DeVos's support for privatizing education made that proposal less popular with the public.  

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Here's Why a Zero-Tolerance Policy in Our Schools Is a Terrible Idea

The following is an excerpt from the new book Ending Zero Tolerance by Derek W. Black (NYU Press, 2016): 

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