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Posted Nov. 21, 2016

Charter Schools Are Working for Kids and Parents. Here’s How We Can Tell That Story.

There are various views about public school choice coming out of the 2016 election. Some choice advocates view the Trump administration as more committed to…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 5, 2016

In Newark, They’re Not So Quick to Knock Zuckerberg’s Gift

On Tuesday, Checker Finn, president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and self-described “aging education reformer,” penned an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg and…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

Newsweek Tracks How Republicans Turned on Common Core

Newsweek’s David Freedlander gets it right by tracking the manufactured pushback to the Common Core standards from Tea Party conservatives that resulted in several candidates abruptly changing position on a state-led initiative that dates back to the Reagan administration. Checker Finn sums it up with this quote: “It is so transparently craven as to be almost…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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