Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles

QUOTE OF THE DAY: MICHAEL JACKSON + NUKES EDITION.

Photo of Michael Jackson fan in L.A. by Flickr user lobraumeister . President Obama in Russia , speaking to ABC's Jake Tapper : You know, this is part of American culture. Michael Jackson, like Elvis, like Sinatra, when somebody who’s captivated the imagination of the country for that long passes away, people pay attention and I assume at some point people will start focusing again on things like nuclear weapons. -- Dana Goldstein...

NARAL PREZ NANCY KEENAN ON HEALTH REFORM AND ABORTION RIGHTS.

Photo of Nancy Keenan at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 2008. By Dana Goldstein. As Congress marks up the House and Senate health reform proposals, reproductive rights organizations are lobbying in overdrive, responding to a spate of amendments that seek to prevent even private insurers from offering abortion services in the new health insurance exchanges . Here I speak to NARAL: Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan about the threats -- and opportunities -- that health reform presents when it comes to women's reproductive care. NARAL is asking its supporters to write to their Senators in opposition to a specific anti-choice amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn, which would establish an Office of Unborn Children's Health . That seems patently absurd. But other senators and House members are proposing, very seriously, that both private and public health care plans, after health reform, be prevented from covering abortion services. You haven’t seen reproductive...

WHAT WILL HEALTH REFORM MEAN FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS?

As the House and Senate produce and mark-up various health reform plans, reproductive health care is emerging -- surprise, surprise -- as a political football. Both the House bill and the Senate HELP committee proposal mention "family planning," but contrary to yesterday's scare-mongering Washington Times op-ed by the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins , "family planning," under federal law, has never included abortion services. Indeed, health reform will do nothing to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the federal government from directly funding abortions. (This applies mostly to Medicaid recipients and women in the military.) But that doesn't mean there is no additional, new threat to reproductive rights. Sen. Max Baucus , chairman of the Finance Committee and a key player on health care, has indicated some openness to compromising on abortion rights in exchange for Republican support for a final reform bill. Alongside a group of 19 anti-choice House Democrats , some...

EDU SECRETARY BRINGS MERIT PAY MESSAGE TO UNION.

Photo of Arne Duncan courtesy the Department of Education . Last Thursday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan brought the Obama administration's carefully calibrated school reform message to the San Diego annual meeting of the nation's largest teachers' union, the National Education Association . As he has in a series of recent speeches, Duncan focused on how the Department of Education will distribute the competitive grants in its $5 billion " Race to the Top " fund. Between eight and 12 states are expected the receive the funds, which are intended to foster and "scale up" successful education "innovation." While $5 billion sounds like a lot of money, it is actually just a drop in the bucket of the $100 billion the DOE received as part of the president's nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package. Still, Race to the Top excites more interest in education circles than any other federal school program, because of its emphasis on "reform." In front of the skeptical union audience,...

WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Photo via Flickr user Misternaxal . When it comes to Mark and Jenny Sanford the answer seems to be: not a whole lot. I agree with Josh Marshall , who wrote to the embattled South Carolina governor: "Just go be with her," referring to Sanford's Argentine lover. Yes! Though I hope that first, he repairs his relationship with his kids through lots of one-on-one, father-son time. Mark Sanford told the AP his relationship with Maria Belen Chapur was "a great love affair." On his way to visit her in Buenos Aires, he thought to himself, "I will be able to die knowing that I had met my soul mate." Sure, he's claiming he wants to serve out his gubernatorial term. But his weepy, tell-all interviews are sending quite another message: that he's still passionately in love with Belen Chapur and perhaps just one step away from riding off into the sunset. Sanford even said he didn't regret the affair, though it has quashed his presidential hopes. Meanwhile, back home, Jenny Sanford, a former Wall...

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