Barbara Miner has been a reporter, writer, and editor for almost forty years, writing for publications ranging from the New York Times to the Milwaukee Journal. The former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, she has co-edited numerous books on education, including Selling out Our Schools: Vouchers, Markets, and the Future of Public Education.
Her book Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City will be published New Press in January 2013.
Articles by this author
Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:25am
In the Trenches of Democracy: Reflections from a Milwaukee Polling Site
It was 6:10 a.m., cold and dark on a dimly lit street. “Who are you?” an obviously harried woman asked as I stepped out of my car. I told her I was there to work at the polls. “Good,” she said. “Two of my people have had their phone numbers changed and another two aren’t answering.”
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 8:11am
The False Promises of “School Choice”
When I hear Mitt Romney’s seductive rhetoric about school choice, I think back to the beginning of Milwaukee’s voucher program — the country’s largest and oldest voucher initiative. In particular, I remember Nov. 14, 1990. On that day, I learned an important lesson on the difference between rhetoric and reality.