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Posted Dec. 28, 2016
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There’s No Excuse for Schools Not to Tackle Teacher Racial Bias

This is the third part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, a…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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Here’s One Thing We Can Do to Retain Teachers of Color

As a third-year teacher in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), I’ve already thought about leaving the profession. Since middle school, I always wanted to be a…

By Aaron Talley

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Posted Dec. 19, 2016
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I Was a Black Student in My Hometown’s Schools 20 Years Ago and They Still Haven’t Closed the Achievement Gap

This is the second part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois,…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Dec. 16, 2016
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It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Teacher and That’s Why We Need to Train Them Better

Teacher training in the U.S. has been a crapshoot. Because when you’re hiring first year teachers, sometimes you say “crap” and other times you say…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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America’s Students Have to Be the Hope We Can Believe In

I went through all of high school and most of college with President Barack Obama. I am part of a micro-generation of Americans whose notions…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016
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The Last Thing I Wanted Was Another Standardized Test, But I’m Glad I Took This One Seriously

As a busy high school student with a demanding schedule, the last thing I wanted to add to my plate was yet another standardized test.…

By Tanatswa Mashangeni

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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Coffee Break: Lori Barden on What Works Best for Schools and Why More Parents Should Run for Political Office

Lori Barden is a parent of two school-aged boys, Tanner (7) and Will (12), who attend an intentionally diverse public charter school in Rhode Island.…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Dec. 1, 2016
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Latino Parents Are Fighting to Keep This Charter School Open But Their Voices Aren’t Being Heard

Leaders of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) often profess disdain for public charter schools. But how far will they go to stop expansion of…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016
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I Was at the ‘Hamilton’ Performance With Mike Pence and I Saw Something You Didn’t See on Twitter

By the time I was running down 46th Street to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City this past Friday night, I’d been consuming…

By Alyssa Schwenk

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Posted Nov. 21, 2016
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Charter Schools Are Working for Kids and Parents. Here’s How We Can Tell That Story.

There are various views about public school choice coming out of the 2016 election. Some choice advocates view the Trump administration as more committed to…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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