Posts from June 2016

Posted June 30, 2016
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Turns Out Common Core Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Social Justice

If you selected 20 parent friends from across the country with diverse backgrounds, children of all ages and diverse educational levels and careers and asked…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted June 30, 2016
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How I Stumbled on the Real Power of Student Voice

Here’s a conundrum. The purpose of schools is to educate students. But students have little to no input in their education. Now, I actually did…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted June 30, 2016
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Orlando Is a Tragic Reminder That Our Schools Must Be Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

When I look back on my own youth in Chicago—a city that is notoriously plagued with gun violence—I can think of countless times that I…

By Matthew White

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Posted June 30, 2016
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Here’s Why L.A.’s New Changes to Teacher Evaluation Are Bad for Students and Teachers

The nation’s teacher unions used their lobbying muscle to make sure the new Every Student Succeeds Act ended the Obama administration’s pressure on states and…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted June 29, 2016
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Here’s What I Learned as the Token Latino Student in College

Looking back at my experience as a first-generation college student, I admittedly had no clue what I was doing. I nodded my head and asked…

By Sergio Jara Arroyos

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Posted June 29, 2016
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Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 29, 2016
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How California’s Education Politics Brought Me to Tears, Again

You know how Tom Hanks’ character in “A League of Their Own” insists that there’s “no crying in baseball”? For the most part, that’s how…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted June 29, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers remarks and answers questions at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan, public policy think tank, July 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Christie, whose name has been mentioned among possible GOP vice presidential choices, talked about his self-described "New Jersey Comback," and a fiscal record "...including three balanced budgets, a two-percent hard cap on property taxes and landmark pension and health benefits reform."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Why Gov. Chris Christie’s ‘Fairness Formula’ Is Anything But Fair

When Chris Christie announced his state school aid “Fairness Formula” last week—one that would flat-fund state aid to all students, regardless of economic status, at…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 28, 2016
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To My Students: Your Civil Rights Movement Is Now

Last Friday, I ended my 24th year working with the youth of our city and my 23rd year working directly in schools. I currently have…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 28, 2016
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Why Black Girls Need Diverse Books

As a child, I loved spending Saturday afternoons at Eso Won Books, a Black-owned bookstore in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The store…

By Brittany-Rae Gregory, Lauren Mims

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017
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I Was Born in a Refugee Camp in Kenya and Now I’ll Be the First in My Family to Attend College

This post is part of a series of posts celebrating students who are making it to and through college with the support of the KIPP…

By Hawo Ibrahim

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 28, 2017
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Netflix Series ‘13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn that its thrilling narrative devices…

By Erika Sanzi

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