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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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