Posts from April 2015

Posted Apr. 30, 2015
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Success Academy’s Secret Sauce

As a proud New York City educator who has taught in traditional public elementary schools, public charters and private schools, I wanted to know, both…

By Malene Lawrence

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Posted Apr. 30, 2015
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We Should Welcome Teach For America, Not Bash Them

I have never quite understood TFA-bashing. Though I am familiar with the challenges posed by a revolving door of two-year Teach For America (aka TFA)…

By Jumoke Hinton

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Posted Apr. 29, 2015
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These Aren’t Thugs, These Are My Students

At 2:45 p.m., as my journalism students were finishing senior reflections for their final exam, an announcement came over the intercom. My students and I…

By Daniel Sass

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Posted Apr. 29, 2015
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How Tennessee is Leading on Teacher Evaluation

As a former Tennessee teacher and current educator coach, I’m excited to see proof that the state’s new teacher evaluation system is working. Last week,…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Truth About Charter School Closures

The charter school concept began nearly 25 years ago with great energy around this central premise: increased autonomy in exchange for increased accountability for performance.…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015
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I Am Your Black Friend Who Grew Up in Sandtown-Winchester

Fire is a gift from the gods, but it’s still hard to watch your neighborhood burn. There was no CVS on the corner of Pennsylvania…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015
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‘The Other Baltimore’

“The Other Baltimore.” I just heard Dan Rodricks, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun, use that phrase on CNN this morning. The concept of “other”…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

Marco Rubio Is Wrong on the Common Core

As the field for 2016 Republican candidates takes shape, it’s looking like there’s one education area where pretty much all of the contenders are getting it wrong: Common Core. For instance, Marco Rubio (R-FL), at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, said the following: The second thing is, we need to help our people be stronger than ever. That begins with strong families, by empowering parents…. By the…

By Education Post

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

Ted Cruz Is Confused by the Common Core

Texas’ Ted Cruz, a contender for the Oval Office, joins his fellow Republican candidates by getting it wrong once again on Common Core. Cruz is insistent upon repealing the Common Core State Standards at the federal level. Good luck with that, Ted, since they can’t be found anywhere in federal law or regulation: Common Core is a federally created curriculum that the state’s “Race to the Top” grants are tied to. So if the state…

By Education Post

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Posted Apr. 28, 2015

Rand Paul Fights Against High Standards for Students

Rand Paul from Kentucky tried to advertise his stance on the State Standards with his recent amendment to the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.: Filed an amendment that would strengthen existing language that specifies that no state is required to adopt the Common Core State Standards.This is already current policy, but by all means: introduce unnecessary amendments. It’s too bad his stance is woefully…

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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
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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
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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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