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Fulcrum Op-Ed Highlights Need for Democratic Decision-Making in and out of the Classroom

March 24, 2021

A high school math teacher leads her class from behind a protection shield.
Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action

Building on findings from our new report Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19, Interim Co-President and Director of Research David Schleifer describes how schools can not only be sites for civic education, but can also implement democratic practices that include teachers in decision-making. The op-ed, published March 24, 2021, emphasizes the importance of including teachers’ voices to both improve how schools function and to build civic muscle.  

Schleifer’s piece is the second in a series of articles to publish in The Fulcrum through a new relationship with the media platform that covers ways to improve American democracy. 

Read the article.