Posts from August 2015

Posted Aug. 31, 2015
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And You Thought Getting Into the Ivies Was Hard—Try These Chicago High Schools

Each day, my eighth-grade daughter sheds traits of childhood and morphs more into a young adult. At 5-foot-6, she’s just half-inch shorter than me, often…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Aug. 31, 2015
nolaeducator

No Matter What, New Orleans’ Educators Press Forward

Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. People have been quick to talk about education in New Orleans after the storm, and to the…

By Kira Orange Jones

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Posted Aug. 31, 2015
the prize

Lessons From Newark: Not the Anti-Reform Narrative You Think

Dale Russakoff’s new book, The Prize, on reforms in the Newark Public Schools over the last five years is a dramatic and cautionary tale about…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015

A False Attack on Common Core, From One Right-Winger to Another

In this National Review op-ed, Stanley Kurtz packs in a greatest hits of the most popular myths and misconceptions of the Common Core State Standards. For example: Jeb’s Common Core answer was well-practiced, yet profoundly misleading. The whole trick of Common Core is to make an end-run around the legal and constitutional barriers to a national curriculum, even as you deny that you’re doing it. Though the Common Core originated with…

By Education Post

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015
kidswaitingforobama

President Obama Touts Progress in New Orleans

As I walked through New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, I saw residents standing on street corners stretching several blocks, anticipating just one glimpse of a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015
parentpower

We Need to Make Parents Part of the Conversation

It was my first year as a New York City middle school teacher, on a staff development day, and I was sitting in a classroom…

By Seth Litt

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015
twitter

Here’s Why Twitter Rankings Don’t Work

At the tail end of summer each year, Michael Petrilli, president of the education think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute, puts out a list of…

By André-Tascha G. R. Lammé

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015
taleoftwo

In New York, It’s a Tale of Two School Systems

In a year that experienced never-before-seen rates of middle-class and wealthy parents electing to opt their children out of standardized tests, comes another report exploring…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015
tfa

Cut the Budget and You Cut Opportunities for Teachers and Communities

When I joined Teach For America (TFA) in 2009, I not only became a TFA corps member, I became a member of AmeriCorps as well.…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015
harris

Here’s Why Charter Schools Can Better Serve Vulnerable Kids

My passion to fight for quality education for underserved children can be traced to my experience as a young immigrant. I came to the United…

By Harris Luu

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
davidjohns

#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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