Posts from March 2016

Posted Mar. 31, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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