Posts from August 2016

Posted Aug. 31, 2016
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Coffee Break: Atlanta Superintendent on Restoring Confidence, Focusing on Kids and Selfie Sticks

Meria Joel Carstarphen became superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on the heels of a national cheating scandal in which 11 of 12 people in APS…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016
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The Conversation We Need on Race Happens in Classrooms Everyday

Every August, I visit all of our schools across the country to meet with our teams, listen to their vision for the year ahead, and…

By Preston Smith

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016
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Education Polling: Are Americans Complacent, or Just Confused?

Opt-Out. Testing. Charters. Common Core. Closings. Accountability. Standards. Teacher Tenure. Teacher Pay. School Spending. If you’re in the education bubble, like we are, you spend…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016
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How Badly Do We Really Want Black, Brown and Poor Kids to Be Successful?

“I am not accountable for the violence, drugs, pregnancy…in my school.” I wasn’t surprised by this final retort. It was tweeted to me by a…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016
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How One Charter School Is Working on Strengthening Its Relationship Within the Community

At Sci Academy, located in New Orleans East at the former site of Marion Abramson High School, the Collegiate Academies leadership team has been on…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016
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5 Ways Schools and Communities Can Support Homeless and Foster Care Youth

The experiences of homeless students are often rendered invisible. Students often hesitate to share that they are homeless due to fear of being stigmatized or…

By Justin Lang, David J. Johns

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Posted Aug. 28, 2016
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New Orleans Is Redefining the Meaning of Local Control

Local control of public education has become the rallying cry for many folks on all sides of education debates, from Tea Party libertarians to Bernie…

By Patrick Dobard

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016
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Coffee Break: Oakland Supt. Antwan Wilson on Anticipating Tuesdays, Poverty Fueling Drive, and Putting Power in Students’ Hands

On July 1, 2014, Antwan Wilson became the superintendent of Oakland Unified School District—a district that was in state receivership from 2003-2010 and has been…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016
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96 Years Ago I Would Not Have Been Allowed to Vote—Not Because of My Race or Age, But Because I am a Woman

I remember the sense of envy that hit me four years ago when my AP Government teacher asked: “So, who can vote this year?” The…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Aug. 25, 2016
U.S. one dollar bills blow near the Andalusian capital of Seville  in this photo illustration taken on November 16, 2014. A year-long investigation into allegations of collusion and manipulation by global currency traders is set to come to a head on Wednesday, with Britain's financial regulator and six big banks expected to agree a settlement involving around 1.5 billion ($2.38 billion) in fines. The settlement comes amid a revival of long-dormant volatility on the foreign exchanges, where a steady rise of U.S. dollar this year has depressed oil prices and the currencies of many commodity exporters such as Russia's rouble, Brazil's real and Nigeria's naira - setting the scene for more turbulence on world financial markets in 2015. Picture taken November 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo (SPAIN  - Tags: BUSINESS CRIME LAW POLITICS)   - RTR4EF1W

Want ‘Local Control’? Here’s Another Example of School Districts Failing to Support the Kids Who Need It Most

A new article in The Atlantic details another example of how the most needy kids in our schools are not getting the money that was…

By Caroline Bermudez

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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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