State governments have been cutting funding for schools. Many teachers have had enough.
This has been the spring of discontent over standardized testing. Unfortunately, this has been closely tied to resistance to the Common Core standards.
Some education reformers are trying to shift the focus from test scores to the broader circumstances of children's lives. One idea emphasizes schools as places where children connect with the broader society.
The greatest difference between now and 1964, when I began teaching, is that public policy has pretty much eradicated the dream of Martin Luther King. In fact, the public schools today are every bit as segregated as they were in 1964.