Richard Rothstein is a Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, a Senior Fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law, a Contributing Editor of The American Prospect, and an occasional contributor. His previous work on racial segregation and public education is posted here, and his most recent Prospect print story, "The Making of Ferguson," can be read here. Readers may correspond with him about his writing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reformers demand a better class of teachers, but rewarding the good and weeding out the bad is trickier than it seems.Richard RothsteinDecember 6, 1999
Public schools are actually performing remarkably well. What they need is not radical reform but more support.Richard RothsteinSpring 1993
Several recent studies show that two major undertakings of progressive government -- environmental regulation and public education -- have been far more successful than widely believed.Richard RothsteinNovember-December 1996
Surprisingly, even without federal mandates, the states have both increased and equalized school outlays. There is a political lesson here -- about coalition building and grassroots activism.Richard RothsteinJanuary-February 1998