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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

Millions of Meals, Miles and Toilet Paper Rolls Later: Why I Work in School Operations

As chief operating officer at the School District of Palm Beach County, I knew we would face a hurricane sooner or later—the only question was…

By Donald E. Fennoy II

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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 Apr. 6, 2017

If You’re Weak on Opt-Out, You’re Weak on Accountability

Some states may be setting themselves up to fail. That’s my takeaway after reading through a summary of state education plans for dealing with schools that…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017

Desegregation Taught Me About Cultural Differences, But Have My Daughters Learned Those Lessons, Too?

I remember the summer of 1978 leading up to the first day of school when desegregation and busing were starting. The Wilmington neighborhood where I…

By Keith “DJK” Purnell

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 24, 2016

WATCH: One Math Teacher’s Journey From Frustration to Appreciation of the Common Core

As a 24-year veteran of the classroom, I can still remember the day, more than a dozen years ago, when our staff was told that…

By Mary Pinkston

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Posted May 19, 2016

It’s Happening: States and Districts Are Starting to #TestBetter

With state testing winding down and the school year coming to a close, now is the perfect time to re-examine the purpose and usefulness of…

By Will Ragland

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Posted Nov. 13, 2015

Measure Race to the Top by the Students, Not the Skeptics

This week the U.S. Department of Education released the report, Fundamental Change: Innovation in American Schools under Race to the Top (RTTT). Before a crowd…

By James Dittes

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

Looking Back on Race to the Top With Clear Eyes

The U.S. Department of Education released a report today examining the impact of the federal Race to the Top competitive grant program. In the report’s…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Apr. 16, 2015

Unions Used to Embrace Grading Teachers with Tests, Until They Didn’t

Many teachers and their unions have taken strong public positions against any use of student test scores in teacher evaluations. Until recently, however, many were…

By Peter Cunningham

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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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