Posts from January 2015

Posted Jan. 30, 2015
teacherOyster

Tennessee Teacher: Why School Choice Empowers Educators

For families, school choice means identifying the “best-fit” school based on academic programs, student culture, community presence and location. When families seek school options, the…

By Anna Handy

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Posted Jan. 30, 2015
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Nurture and Discipline: Why This Chicago Mom Chose a Charter for Her Special Needs Son

I am a proud charter school parent. My son, Jonah, is in the fifth grade at Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Wrightwood. He was born…

By Latrice McArthur

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Posted Jan. 30, 2015
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This Mom Shares the Payoff—and Anxieties—of School Choice

A few years ago, although my children were happy at their school, my gut told me it was time to make a change. I decided…

By Kerri Barclay

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Posted Jan. 30, 2015
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WATCH: Here’s How We Celebrate School Choice in Rhode Island

National School Choice Week marks an annual celebration at my kid’s school. Parents and staff proudly don the trademark yellow scarves and many reflect on…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015
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A Preview of Better, Deeper Tests in Ohio

As legislators, educators and parents in my home state of Colorado talked on Wednesday about possible ways to reduce the use of standardized tests, the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015
students

Smart Move: D.C. Invests $20 Million in Minority Male Students

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan to invest $20 million to support programs for Washington, D.C.’s, men of color. This includes opening an…

By Matthew Lynch

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015
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Are State Charter School Laws Living Up to the Promise of Quality Choice?

Groups, districts, states and even members of Congress are taking time this week to acknowledge National School Choice Week. While it’s important to shine a…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015
broccoli

What Common Core Has in Common With Broccoli

I have never seen someone gag as hard as our daughter did the first time we tried to feed her green vegetables. After successfully introducing…

By Rachel Canter

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015
schoolchoice

I’m an Unlikely Supporter of School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week and that makes me very nervous about posting anything about my job on Facebook. In November, I started…

By Jobi Cates

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Posted Jan. 28, 2015
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Ms. Williams Goes to Washington

I can honestly tell you that advocating for education is one of the most important experiences I’ve ever had. It’s certainly not one of the…

By Darlene Williams

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
parentinvolvement

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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