Posts from October 2014

Posted Oct. 31, 2014

There’s No Time to Delay on College-Ready Tests in Illinois

For the first time, all Illinois families can examine the health of their local schools with comprehensive data that go far beyond the “temperature check”…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

4 Reasons Halloween Is More Fun When You’re a Kid

  For many of us, today is just another work day. But remember when you actually were a kid? Halloween was the best. Costume Parade…

By Hanna Grace Frank

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

Delaware’s Difficult School Turnaround Conversations

Matthew Albright has a good update on Delaware’s continuing conversations about its six “priority” schools in today’s News Journal. The discussion centers on six Wilmington…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

Cunningham Asks Weingarten to “Rebuild Trust and Change Conversation”

This morning our executive director, Peter Cunningham, published An Open Letter to Randi Weingarten in Education Week, calling for a better conversation in order to…

By J. Gordon Wright

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

State of ‘The Nation’?

I’m a proud progressive who subscribes to Finley Peter Dunne’s view that the role of journalism is to, “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

Bob Herbert’s ‘Plot’ Against the Truth about Education Reform

Bob Herbert’s recent piece on education reform is a good example of how approaching a subject with your mind made up hurts your argument. Like…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

Advice to TN: Build on Your Success, Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

In 2008, Tennessee learned it had some of the lowest standards in the nation and was the recipient of an “F” grade from the U.S.…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Oct. 29, 2014

TNTP Urges Union Prez to ‘Walk the Walk’ on Collaboration

TNTP called out American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten for not “playing by her own rules” when it comes to fostering collaboration with school…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 29, 2014

The More You Get into the Core, the More There Is to Like

The Common Core didn’t make a great first impression, to say the least, when it first took to the national stage. The standards have been…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 29, 2014

Testing Not about Mistrust, It’s about Getting an Accurate Diagnosis

Arne Duncan made a lot of people mad with his comments about white suburban mothers back in 2013. Well, I’m a white suburban mother and I…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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