Opinions

David DeMatthews: School Finance Reform Law Marks the Starting Point, Not the Finish Line

June 17, 2019

Associate Professor David DeMatthews explains that House Bill 3 is a starting point for funding education in Texas and discusses other changes that now must follow in an op-ed for the Austin-American Statesman.

Kevin Cokley: Celebrate Our Cultural Bond on Juneteenth

June 18, 2019

Despite their common ancestral bond, Africans and African Americans lack a sense of connection due to what they have been taught about each other and the influence of racist narratives.

M. Yvonne Taylor: Enough with that parent dress code

April 26, 2019

Educational Leadership and Policy doctoral student M. Yvonne Taylor explains that how parents show up is far less important than that they show up in a recent op-ed for the Houston Chronicle.

Richard Reddick: The 'opportunity hoarding' behind the college admissions scandal

March 18, 2019

Associate Professor Rich Reddick explains that, "this kind of behavior exacerbates inequality by denying opportunities for low-income students to access these networks" in an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle.

David DeMatthews: More school days? Not unless we address these areas first

Feb. 26, 2019

In a recent op-ed, David DeMatthews explains that although extending the school year may provide a degree of benefits, it means the state will have fewer resources to address other long-standing school finance issues.

Soyoung Park: How special education is a prime example of our unhealthy ‘obsession with conformity’

Feb. 18, 2019

Assistant Professor Soyoung Park discusses why the special education field is a prime example of our obsession with conformity in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

Christopher McCarthy: Teacher strikes target salaries, but promoting wellness and fighting stress are the real issues

Feb. 14, 2019

Professor Chris McCarthy explains that "if we really want the best educational environment for our students, we need more investment in the occupational health of teachers," in a recent op-ed for The Hill.

Tracie Lowe: Including foster care and homeless students in higher education

Feb. 13, 2019

Educational Leadership and Policy alumna Tracie Lowe, Ph.D. '18 explains why Texas higher education institutions need be inclusive of homeless and foster care students.

Jennifer Jellison Holme: Getting to the root of our public education crisis

Feb. 8, 2019

Associate Professor Jennifer Holme explains that "It’s time to break free from narrow solutions with little evidence of success...and toward cross-sector solutions," in an op-ed for Democrat and Chronicle.

Richard Reddick: When Men Shy Away from Mentoring Women

Feb. 7, 2019

Associate Professor Richard Reddick discusses why cross-gender mentoring is important for the future of women in the workplace.

Richard Reddick: In Defense of Diversity Statements

Jan. 11, 2019

Associate Professor Richard Reddick defends the inclusion of diversity statements in hiring, promotion, and review materials for university faculty.

David DeMatthews: Testing, funding shortfalls are failing Texas’ public schools

Jan. 5, 2019

"To move forward, state lawmakers ought to tap the $12 billion rainy day fund to provide additional funding to public education," says Associate Professor David DeMatthews in his latest op-ed on school funding in Texas.

Fikile Nxumalo: How climate change education is hurting the environment

Dec. 24, 2018

In an op-ed for The Hill, Fikile Nxumalo explains why its necessary to educate children on climate change by teaching them that they are part of nature.