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Posted July 25, 2017

Rev. Al Sharpton, Let’s Talk About Your ‘Sister’ Randi

“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence…to alienate humans from their own decision…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 5, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Vanessa Rodriguez on the Real Difference-Maker We Should Be Talking About

Vanessa Rodriguez has deep experience working with the students of New York City. She started her career as a bilingual teacher at a Bronx elementary…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 12, 2017

This Mom Refuses to Sit and Watch a Broken Education Funding System Continue to Hurt Children

“I said not my city, not my son, not my children, not these children.” These are the words of Bridgeport, Connecticut parent Jessica Martinez, the…

By Megan DeSombre

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Posted June 5, 2017

How States Are Approaching School Accountability

For the most part, what states measure for school quality has already been decided by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Every state,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 10, 2017

24 Teachers of the Year Tell Policymakers What It’s Really Like to Be a Teacher

Several years ago, I was part a group of teachers who met with our state senator, Donald Williams, to discuss pressing educational issues in Connecticut.…

By David Bosso

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Posted Apr. 7, 2017

When “Accountability” Is No Longer Accountability

As an early participant in the movement to bring greater accountability to education, I have always thought that the work of accountability would be in…

By Sandy Kress

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Posted Feb. 1, 2017

Coffee Break: How Do We Work With Communities to Build Quality School Choices? Janeene Freeman Has Some Answers

In December of 2016, the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) announced its new Chief Executive Officer, Janeene Freeman. NECSN works to support and expand quality…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Why the School Funding Judgment in Connecticut Could Jeopardize Education for America’s 6.5 Million Children With Disabilities

A couple of years ago I got a call from an occupational therapist who introduced herself as a member of my son Corey’s special education…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted June 27, 2016

Here’s How We Help Our Students Take ‘Pride’ in Who They Are

Coming out is never simple or easy, but it’s especially tough when you’re a teacher. The first time I “came out” to my students, it…

By Tiffany Moyer-Washington

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Posted May 5, 2016

It’s Time to Give Charter Schools Equitable Funding

This year’s National Charter Schools Week is an especially poignant celebration as many states are reaching 20th and 25th anniversaries of their charter school laws…

By Kyle Rosenkrans

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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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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