Al Shanker

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 Nov. 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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