Posts from December 2017

Posted Dec. 13, 2017

Coffee Break: Why Can’t Ed Reformers Stop Talking About Denver? Anne Rowe Has Some Ideas.

For several months, education reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis and…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 13, 2017

You Keep Using That Word ‘Segregation.’ It Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means.

We’ve spent the past week trying to decipher the motivations behind a recent Associated Press article that claims charter schools are encouraging segregation solely by…

By Trish Dziko, Kimberly Smith

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

English-Language Learners Deserve to Know How Their Schools Are Doing and These Changes Will Help

Each year, states publish “report cards” on student performance in K-12 education, as measured by math and reading tests, graduation rates and other key indicators.…

By Janie T. Carnock

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

State Education Plans Should Be More Than Technical Exercises

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was a big win for states—shifting much of the authority for public education vision and goals from the federal…

By Jim Cowen

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

New Jersey Skated by for Years on Misleading Graduation Rates, But Now It’s Closing the ‘Honesty Gap’

Does it seem odd to you that we’re celebrating the fact that half of New Jersey’s third-graders are at or above grade level in language…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

We Promise the American Dream, But What About These DREAMers?

Often, we speak of time as something we are in control of. Unfortunately, “I’ll do that next time,” or, “take your time,” aren’t options for…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

VIDEO: Chance The Rapper and Google Partner to Support the Next Generation of Computer Scientists

Chance The Rapper and Google are planting the seeds that will turn Chicago’s kids into the next generation of great computer science engineers. The Chicago-based…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

State ESSA Plans Are Weak Tea, But Here Are 3 Things We Can Do Right Now

When federal policymakers passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) two years ago, they hoped that states would be innovative in solving local needs and…

By Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington

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Posted Dec. 11, 2017

How Three Black Male Educators Took a Seventh-Grader From ‘Discipline Problem’ To Poetry Champ

Chris is a young man who struggles mightily with his academic work and has a reputation among teachers and students as a “discipline problem.” Needless…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 11, 2017

Stop Talking About Charter Schools and Focus on What’s Really Causing Segregation

A recent report from The Associated Press has been turning heads about the link between charter schools and segregation. According to the report, “charter schools…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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