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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

To Hell With the Naysayers, I’m Rooting for Anyone Who Wants to #RethinkHighSchool

A decade ago, I reported on the first graduation ceremony at Chicago’s Spry Community Links High School, which I described…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

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,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 26, 2016

If Charter Schools Aren’t Public, Then Neither Are Elite Magnets

At a recent book club meeting, we were wrapping up a spirited discussion of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time”…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 13, 2016

Brave San Francisco Principals Defy Their School Board and Hire Teach For America Corps Members

A heartening bit of news came out of San Francisco this week for folks who are exhausted by the kneejerk…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 16, 2016

Everything This NPR Podcast Got Wrong About School Closings

I’m a podcast junkie, and listen to them all the time—in the car, on the train, on a jog, walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 20, 2016

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

When you can’t kill the message, then kill the messenger. That seems to be the tack taken by education bloggers…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 13, 2016

San Francisco, No One Wins When You Lose Teach For America

Teach For America haters, go ahead and crow all you like about the San Francisco School Board’s decision to bow…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 10, 2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Not Ready for College

We are in the heart of college acceptance season, when millions of high school seniors choose which campus offers the…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 4, 2016

This Is What Happens When Charter Schools Think Big

Match Beyond has a bodacious goal: To invent a college program that wipes out undergraduate debt and cures poverty. Not…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016

College Remediation: Not Just a Problem for Those ‘Other’ Kids

This is college acceptance season, the weeks when millions of high school seniors pore over their offers and agonize about…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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