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Posted July 6, 2017

This Is Why the Oppressed Can’t Get No Sleep

While many were celebrating the Fourth of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017

Coffee Break: Richard Kahlenberg on Knocking Down School District Walls That Separate Kids by Race and Class

Richard Kahlenberg is perhaps the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that for kids to succeed, schools must be places where families of all economic…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017

A Teacher’s Guide to Educating Immigrant Children Under Trump

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a new resource guide for early learning programs and elementary schools working with immigrant families. A few days…

By Janie T. Carnock

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

Charter Schools Offer a Chance for Unions To Work For Teachers and Students

Giving teachers greater influence in defining their jobs. This kind of union could be good for teachers and students.…

By Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington

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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. The bar for entry is…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 3, 2016

Slate’s Piece on Union Busting at Charter Schools Isn’t Journalism, It’s Union Propaganda

On Thursday, Slate published “How Charter Schools Bust Unions,” a skewed portrayal of the anti-union tactics of charter schools from the writer and sociologist Hella…

By Peter Cook

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Posted Sep. 2, 2016

Teachers Unions Must Stop Standing With Republicans Against Closing the Equity ‘Loophole’ in Title I Funding

The Obama administration is trying to end a longstanding bit of systemic inequity in the public schools, but his officials are facing the stiff arm from an…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016

A Little Ditty About Donald and Diane

Donald Trump thinks the Common Core State Standards are a disaster and so does education historian turned anti-education reform advocate Diane Ravitch. This puts Ravitch…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 14, 2016

Randi, We Don’t Need a Photo-Op, We Need Better Schools

Recently, Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite announced that North Philadelphia school E.W. Rhodes Elementary would be among four schools undergoing a district-run turnaround plan—requiring staff…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 4, 2016

AFT Beware: We Parents Are On To You

Gwen Samuel, founder of the Connecticut Parents Unions and fierce parent advocate, has written a piece at her newly launched blog, "Gwen Samuel, Because Our Babies Can't Wait,"in which she calls out the American Federation of Teachers for playing what she calls "political games to keep accountability out of the classroom." She highlights the baffling hypocrisy of their financial interest in Pearson and puts them on notice that parents are…

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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