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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 Jan. 27, 2015

Delaware Should Focus on the Quality of Its School Choices

It is currently School Choice Week—a week to celebrate the opportunities that public charter schools provide to families and students. Instead, NewsWorks reports, a Delaware…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

Delaware’s Difficult School Turnaround Conversations

Matthew Albright has a good update on Delaware’s continuing conversations about its six “priority” schools in today’s News Journal. The discussion centers on six Wilmington…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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