Posts from March 2016

Posted Mar. 31, 2016
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Enough About the Boys, Our Girls Aren’t Reaching Their Full Potential

The focus on the many struggles boys face in school often leaves girls out of the conversation. While many assume that girls are doing fine…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Mar. 31, 2016
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Here’s Why April 1 Is a Big Day for Chicago’s Public Charter Schools, Too

All eyes are on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) plans for a one-day strike on Friday. Parents are scrambling to…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 31, 2016
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How We Can Say to Students of Color: ‘You’re Welcome Here. I Believe in You.’

Minnesota’s state teachers union recently produced a report that calls for action on an issue that hits home for me as a teacher of color:…

By Paul Collier

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016
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We Can Learn Many Things From These Schools. ‘Separate But Equal’ Isn’t One of Them.

I recently learned that my work has been used as justification by school officials who advocate deliberately concentrating poverty in a few schools. My reaction…

By Karin Chenoweth

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016
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When Common Core Research Makes Apples-to-Apples Comparisons Before the Fruit is Ripe

Common Core implementation is not an apples-to-apples comparison, or even an apples-to-oranges comparison. Rather it’s a big messy fruit salad, and unfortunately for Brown Center researcher Tom…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016
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Coffee Break: L.A. School Board Candidate on Downward Dogs, Underdogs and Finding His ‘Happy Place’

Nick Melvoin is an ed reformer running to represent District 4 on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board. He is a former LAUSD…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016
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We’ve Put It Off Long Enough, Here’s How We Have That ‘Better Conversation’

Educators in America are the children of a messy divorce. Over a period of 20 years, tens of thousands of teachers left our traditional public…

By Michael Magee

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016
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Take It From a Chicago Parent, This Strike Won’t Help Our Schools

I’ve written before about the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and my concerns about its leadership’s rush to promote divisive tactics like a teachers strike. Sure enough,…

By Frissia Sanchez

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Posted Mar. 29, 2016
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Yes, Rural Areas Can Benefit From Charter Schools, Too

The potential of charter schools in rural communities is often bypassed in discussions around education. Charter schools are achieving impressive gains, but disproportionately serve urban…

By Mukta Pandit, Alex Medler

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Posted Mar. 29, 2016
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What’s the Point of the Chicago Teachers Union Walkout This Friday?

Public protest is an honored tradition in our democracy. From the American Revolution to Black Lives Matter, speaking out for fairness, justice and freedom is…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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