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Posted Dec. 8, 2016

Our High Schools Can’t Afford To Ignore These Mediocre PISA Scores

I recently spoke to a handful of young women at a high school in North Carolina who had taken an…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Yes, I am a Suburban White Mom and I Did Just Go There With Race and Charter Schools

In his latest burst of fragging, conservative school reformer Robert Pondiscio recently argued that social justice-minded school reformers have only…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

Here We Go Again: White Privileged Suburbs Deciding What’s Best for Black and Brown Children

There’s something depressingly familiar about the privileged pushback we’re seeing in Massachusetts around the ballot measure to lift the cap…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 13, 2016

If We Value Great Schools, We Need Strong Teachers. President Obama’s New Teacher Prep Reforms Can Do Just That.

If we value great schools, we need strong teachers. But far too many teacher preparation programs are not producing them.…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 12, 2016

Hey Parents, Common Core Is Working Despite All the Fuss About Fuzzy Math

I know from experience that parents generally don’t tune into news about state test results until they get that personalized…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 4, 2016

How Florida Is Setting Students Up for Failure By Not Mandating Remedial Courses

Another research organization took a fresh look at the issue of remedial education, confirming once again that yes, our nation’s college…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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