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Posted Mar. 23, 2017
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It Can Be Hard to Talk to Your Child’s School. Here Are 5 Tips From a Teacher.

Over the course of my years in the classroom I have come across many parents who are eager to support their child’s learning experience but…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017
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My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017
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Who Needs Selective Enrollment When Your Neighborhood High School Has an IB Program

This is a stressful time for many urban eighth-grade students and parents who are considering high school options, and hearing from public schools about acceptances…

By Alana G. Baum

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Posted Mar. 9, 2017
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This Rural Town Shows the Real Costs of Our Broken School Funding System

These days, the small town of Sandoval, Illinois, is mostly known for being a few miles away from Patoka, where the famed Keystone XL pipeline…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Mar. 3, 2017
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Analyzing High School Performance State-by-State Is Like Comparing Bananas to Bowling Balls

I know we’re all supposed to be on the “local control” bandwagon when it comes to setting school accountability standards, but a recent report made…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017
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Not Everyone Believes a Girl Like Me Could Become an Engineer, But Mr. Bass Does

Starting my freshmen year of high school, I enrolled in my high school’s new engineering program. The program consisted of three courses taught over three…

By Suliyat Olagbenro

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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Do You Know This Hidden Figure? Meet Legendary Black Educator Dr. Anna Julia Cooper

A multitude of hidden figures silently loom in our shadows, yet those who know understand that as Black people we stand on the shoulders of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: The Teachers Who Worked to Get Me to College and the Strangers Who Helped Me Finish

There were a couple of teachers who looked beyond my aimlessness and lack of motivation, and instead saw a sliver of potential.…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Feb. 2, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: College Was a Given in My Nigerian Family and I’m Making Sure the Same Is True for My Students

We must find the strength to not give up on them, and to ensure, in turn, that they won’t give up on themselves. …

By Tunji Adebayo

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
parentinvolvement

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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