Posts from August 2015

Posted Aug. 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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