Opinions

Charles R. Martinez, Jr.: Teachers are Routinely Devalued. We Have the Power to Change That.

Aug. 23, 2019

Dean Martinez discusses the immense value of teachers in an op-ed for the Austin-American Statesman saying, “There is truly no more important profession with the power to transform lives.”

David DeMatthews: Stop Blaming Public Schools for Everything Awful

Aug. 9, 2019

When it comes to society’s problems, politicians always seem to place at least some blame on public schools, scapegoating them for social issues that politicians themselves fail to address.

Richard Reddick: How to Support Students with Trauma as School Starts

Aug. 8, 2019

Educators and those who work with youths have an important responsibility in creating the environment where ideas and opinions can be shared in a productive way.

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.

Doctoral Student M. Yvonne Taylor on Ross Perot's impact on K-12 Education Policy in Texas

June 09, 2019

Long before he ran for president, H. Ross Perot had an impact on Texas football and the life of this woman from Texas.

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.