Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles


THE CHARISMA FACTOR. A little late, but I can't help weighing in on last night's debate. One of the biggest surprises of this primary thus far has got to be who's engaging and who's a disappointment on the stump. Although there's tremendous energy when Obama enters a room (I've seen him speak in person three times), he's consistently underwhelming as an orator. And Edwards is failing to live up to the optimistic, progressive morning-in-America persona he honed in 2004.


THANK GOD FOR DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. As Scott noted yesterday, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on pay discrimination is disastrous. Employees must file complaints within 180 days of a salary being set, which is simply outside the bounds of common sense. We all know how much secrecy surrounds pay, even in otherwise congenial workplaces. But the Court has decreed that even when there is a pattern of lower raises for women or minority groups that develops over months or years, an individual employee has no legal recourse after 180 days.


WHO DESERVES TO LEARN? Last week we heard about high school students coloring in class. Today The New York Times reports on New York City's decision to close its four "P-schools," second-rate high schools opened in the 1960s with the intention of hiding pregnant teenagers from the eyes of their peers:


NO IOWA FOR HILLARY? Oh, the intrigue! The New York Times' Adam Nagourney reports that Hillary Clinton's number 2 campaign aide, Mike Henry, authored a memo advising Clinton to skip the Iowa caucuses entirely and focus on states she is more likely to win, such as New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida. How did Nagourney get his paws on the memo? From an unnamed "rival campaign," of course.

The Clinton camp rushed to distance itself from the document, saying it reflected Henry's personal opinion and that the Senator would definitely be participating in the Iowa caucuses.


IMMIGRATION RESET. Like Ezra, my thinking so far is that the Senate-White House compromise on immigration reform is better than nothing, especially for the 12 million undocumented people already living, working, and paying taxes in the United States who can now become legitimate, open members of society. The strengthening of border security wasn't a surprise. And it's great news that the deal encompasses the DREAM Act, which would give children brought to the U.S. illegally a path toward citizenship and access to financial aid for college.