Posts from July 2015

Posted July 31, 2015
solomonspeaking

Three Things That Guided This Oakland Student to Success

I’m a college-educated black man who grew up on public assistance in a single parent household. Most of my friends are dead, in jail or…

By Solomon Wilkins

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Posted July 30, 2015
OaklandFirstFridayprotest

The Danger of Escalation, From Traffic Stops to Classrooms

The death of Sandra Bland and the school-to-prison pipeline have more in common than the race of their victims. Both are also quintessential examples of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 30, 2015
blackactivists

To Be a Black Parent Is to Be Constantly Aware

Last weekend, in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of meeting with black educators and activists from across the country at what I called a…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 30, 2015
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My ‘Odyssey’ to Becoming a Teacher Mentor: A Latino Teacher’s Account

Not too long ago I was rummaging through old books, notes and scraps of paper accumulated over time in my dusty and overlooked study. As…

By Jose Garza

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Posted July 29, 2015
suburbankids

Suburbia Needs Education Reform Too

Are we being overly optimistic when it comes to how well our middle-class students are being prepared for college? Take, for instance, my home state…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 29, 2015
chicagofunrun

What Healthy Competition Among Schools Really Takes

There’s a fight brewing in my backyard. War has broken out over whether a highly regarded yet controversial charter network should open a new campus on…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 28, 2015
kidbehinddoor

Opt-Out Closes the Door on Kids With Disabilities

Great read in The Atlantic about the alignment of disability advocates and civil rights leaders on the necessity of maintaining federal oversight, annual testing and accountability in a…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 28, 2015
Englewood

Poverty Matters, But It’s Not Destiny

A short piece on Slate last week told a familiar grim story. According to new data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, over three million…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted July 28, 2015
LilyFatherGreg

My Immigrant Father’s Dream: A College Education

At the age of five I had my very own encyclopedia. I couldn’t pronounce the word much less know what it was. I stared at…

By Lily Gonzalez

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Posted July 27, 2015
losangeles

Hey, Diane Ravitch, I’m a Public School Parent and I Support Charters

After reading Diane Ravitch’s opinion piece on the state of public education in Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be disheartened. Here we are trying to find…

By Ingrid Oliu

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realchoice

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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