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Posted Mar. 16, 2017
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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 Nov. 29, 2016
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This Can Be the Biggest Change We See With More Unionized Charters: Getting Everyone Focused on Quality and Equity

Charters and unions are often seen as diametrically opposed. This isn’t really an accurate history.…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Oct. 6, 2016
16 Sep 1968, New York, New York, USA --- 9/16/1968-New York, NY- United Federation of Teachers President Albert Shanker (second from left) is accompanied by civil rights leader Bayard Rustin (r) at a mass rally of some 15,000 teachers at New York City Hall Sept. 16.  Shanker told the teachers that the Board of Education had failed to satisfy their demands concerning the Oceanhill-Brownsville school decentralization issue. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

3 Reasons I’m Missing Teachers Union Legend Al Shanker Right About Now

Three recent experiences have served to remind me how much I miss—and how much the country and the cause of better education were diminished by…

By Chester E. Finn Jr.

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016
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Richard Whitmire’s ‘The Founders’ Is Turning Myths on Their Heads

Richard Whitmire’s new book, “The Founders,” offers a virtual tour through the moves, machinations and mindsets that led to the growth of a particular flavor…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted July 1, 2016
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Can We Really Give a High School a ‘Fair’ Grade If Only 5% of Students Are Ready for College?

Many New York City parents are familiar with the “renewal school” program which, according to the Department of Education, represents a “call to action” to…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 9, 2016
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Why Evaluating Teachers Is Really Hard to Do

I recently had dinner with two teachers who told me that in their combined 38 years of teaching they have had exactly three meaningful feedback…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

There’s Probably a More Thoughtful Conversation to Be Had Regarding School Discipline Policies Than the One We’re Having Now

Over at the Eduwonk blog, Andy Rotherham has a thoughtful take on the New York Times story regarding Success Academy charter schools' school discipline and suspension practices. He points out that former AFT President Al Shanker recognized that finding alternative placements for disruptive students may serve some legitimate interests, including meeting the specific needs of the disruptive student and ensuring an orderly learning environment…

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Posted Oct. 2, 2015
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Public Advocate and New York City Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio speaks to voters at a subway station in Brooklyn on August 16, 2013 in New York City. In the latest polls, de Blasio is in a tie with fellow candidate Christine Quinn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayor de Blasio and the Teachers Union: How Close Is Too Close?

I’ve been awfully tough on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his apparent lack of urgency in addressing the city schoolchildren’s need for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 16, 2015
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Unions Used to Embrace Grading Teachers with Tests, Until They Didn’t

Many teachers and their unions have taken strong public positions against any use of student test scores in teacher evaluations. Until recently, however, many were…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 12, 2015
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Arne Duncan’s Shot Across the Bow

Updating the federal law that governs K-12 education moved into higher gear this week with Education Secretary Arne Duncan laying out a few markers in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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