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Posted May 31, 2017

We Used to Be One of the Worst Schools in California. Not Anymore.

With high suspension rates, low achievement scores and ineffective teachers, Pacoima Elementary had the dishonor of being one of the worst schools in California. So…

By Sylvia Fajardo

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

Private Schools at Public Expense? No Way! Vouchers? Why Not!

In a cheeky segment on the Jimmy Kimmel show, an interviewer asked random people on Hollywood Boulevard whether they prefer “Obamacare” or its official name,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

Why I Feel Like ‘The Spook Who Sat by the Charter School Door’

I am the fly in the school reform buttermilk. An outsider, now marginally on the inside, trying to plot the revolution. Young, gifted and Black,…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Teachers Need to Have a Say in Their Own Professional Development

Amid a lot of talk of the reformists versus the traditionalists, not enough concern is paid to the biggest problem in public education today: In…

By Cristina de Jesus

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017

If You’re Gonna Be on ‘Team Public Education’ You Need to Commit to These 3 Things

In California—particularly here in the Bay Area within GO’s Oakland and West Contra Costa communities—the vast majority of us are on team public education. That…

By Jonathan Klein

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017

We’ve Got to Stop Lumping All Asian-Americans Together

I was usually one of a handful of people of color at my school and invisible inside my own identity. I was seen as the…

By Vallay Varro

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Posted Jan. 20, 2017

What The Atlantic Got Wrong About Charter Schools and Segregation

George Joseph’s article, What Betsy DeVos Didn’t Say About School Choice, claims that charter schools “have pushed more low-income, minority students into even more racially…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Don’t Talk to Me About ‘Privatization,’ Because Your ‘Public’ School Is Hardly Public

In Oakland, one of the highest achieving schools in the city is Hillcrest Elementary. It’s a “public” school that is 5 percent free and reduced-price…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Think Charter Schools Aren’t Held Accountable? Think Again.

One of the biggest misconceptions around charter schools is that they lack accountability. While I am a strong supporter of public schools and take pride…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Statement on Antwan Wilson’s Appointment as New Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson has been named by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser as the new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. Antwan brings to D.C. a relentless focus on educational equity and a stellar track record of driving academic improvements in cities like Denver and Oakland. No one fights harder for kids or believes more deeply in their ability to achieve, and he is the right leader to continue…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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