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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 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 July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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