D.C. public schools

Posted Feb. 12, 2018

3 Truths Every Parent Needs to Know About D.C. Public Schools Graduation Scandal

D.C. Public Schools is having a moment. Last month, reporters found out a lot of kids graduated from their high schools that shouldn’t have—mostly for…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Oct. 4, 2017

3 Rules for Transforming School Districts That I Learned Here in D.C.

D.C. is worth a long look if you want to make change in urban education. I have witnessed—and was fortunate enough to play a role…

By Jessica Rauch

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Bottom Line: District and Charter Schools Can Work Together to Improve All Public Schools

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to shine a light on public charter schools. In Washington, D.C., where I lead the sole…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

Guess What, Liberals Support Charter Schools Too

It’s not easy being a political progressive and a charter school supporter. In these polarized times, it’s easy to forget how many of us support…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 Oct. 7, 2016

Why Are We Still Asking ‘Is School Choice the Black Choice’ When We Know It Is?

“Is School Choice the Black Choice?” was the question on hand at a panel discussion in D.C. on Wednesday night moderated by TV One News’…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted June 16, 2016

D.C. Public Schools Are a Model Once Again, This Time on School Discipline

While turf wars are being waged between traditional public schools and charter schools across the nation, the District of Columbia is leading the way showing…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted June 1, 2016

Coffee Break: Third Way’s Lanae Hatalsky on Staying Chill, the Teacher Wars and Her Choice for Hillary’s Running Mate

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky is vice president for the social policy and politics program at Third Way, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Lanae’s job is…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 5, 2016

Creative, Collaborative and Open: The Future of Education Advocacy

Over the past two years, 1,300 people applied for just 10 spots in 50CAN’s Education Advocacy Fellowship. The extraordinary response is a reflection of the…

By Marc Porter Magee, Vallay Varro

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Posted Mar. 18, 2016

School Discipline Is a Big Issue, But That NYT Headline Is Not Helping Anyone

Perhaps it was written to be clickbait, but the New York Times put a pot-stirring headline on a story that has quickly reignited a tiresome…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end to school shootings. It’s time…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 18, 2018

Want Safer Schools? Listen to the Wave of Student Voices.

In recent months, hundreds of thousands of students from across the United States made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with.…

By Jimmy Simpson Jr.

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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