Beth Hawkins

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Writer, The 74 Million

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Beth Hawkins is a writer at The 74, and formerly was a writer-in-residence at Education Post. Previously she wrote for Learning Curve, a blog about education for MinnPost, where she also covered a variety of other public policy topics.

She loves writing for an audience that’s hungry for context and analysis and willing to indulge her many curiosities.

Hawkins is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards, including several first-place Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards for investigative reporting and feature writing. Her work has appeared in More, Mother Jones, Minnesota Monthly and many other publications.

You can also find her blogging at BethHawkins.org.

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted June 8, 2017

The Big Gay Way to End the School Year

Happy Pride, y’all! June 1 marks the start of a month-long celebration of LGBT history and culture and of our…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Sep. 28, 2016

Coffee Break: Minneapolis’ Erin Clotfelter on Special Education, The Belief Gap and Coffee in Bed

Erin Ecklund Clotfelter is the mother of four: 7-year-old twins who were diagnosed with autism at age 2, a 6-year-old…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Why the School Funding Judgment in Connecticut Could Jeopardize Education for America’s 6.5 Million Children With Disabilities

A couple of years ago I got a call from an occupational therapist who introduced herself as a member of…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted June 1, 2016

My Son Has Asperger’s and Wants to Attend a Rigorous College: Why Shouldn’t He?

A few days into the eighth grade my son Corey taught himself the Pythagorean theorem. It’s not typically taught until…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Mar. 15, 2016

How These Middle-School Students Took First Place at a Startup Accelerator

When Fidel Jonapa heard his team declared the winner of a design competition late last month, he was momentarily baffled.…

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Posted Mar. 7, 2016

Is Big Money the New Normal in School Board Elections?

Five years ago, a survey of elected school board members found a whopping 87 percent spent $5,000 or less on…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 20, 2016

Coffee Break: Anthony Hernandez on Teacher Licensure and Arne Duncan Emojis

After graduating from Harvard University, Anthony Hernandez taught successfully in an impoverished school in Washington, D.C. But when he moved…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

Why Teacher Colleges Are So Scared of ESSA

To hear the traditional teacher-training establishment tell it, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, will lower standards for the teaching…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Thank You for Believing in My Son

This weekend my family will find a moment amid the turkey and the pie, the football and the Minecraft, to…

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

This Teacher Just Made History by Becoming Connecticut’s First Black Woman Elected to Congress

From the moment I first heard Jahana Hayes speak, I knew that she was special. Riding back from a track meet, I came across her…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

Education Is a Necessity and We Should Fund It Like It’s One

Letting parents choose the school or schooling that best fits their child shouldn’t be so controversial. We don’t question the right of people to choose…

By Colleen Hroncich

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

No Matter What Anyone Says, the Money Ought to Follow the Kid Regardless of What Kind of Public School They Choose

I am punching above my weight. I am no education policy wonk, nor am I a mover or shaker in America’s larger educational conversation. But…

By Zachary Wright 

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