Heather Hurlburt

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Parent, Montgomery County Schools

Montgomery County, Maryland

Heather Hurlburt lives with her family in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., and directs the New Models of Policy Change Initiative at New America, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

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Posted May 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015

Suburban Secrets: How We Hide Our Achievement Gaps in Montgomery County

The back-to-school packet came the same day as The Washington Post article about kids in our district—Montgomery County, Maryland—failing the…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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