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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
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If You’re Gonna Be on ‘Team Public Education’ You Need to Commit to These 3 Things

In California—particularly here in the Bay Area within GO’s Oakland and West Contra Costa communities—the vast majority of us are on team public education. That…

By Jonathan Klein

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
Betsy DeVos, nominee for education secretary.

DeVos and the ‘Third Way’ Opportunity for Democratic Education Reformers

Democratic education reformers, like many parents throughout the country, passionately believe that our public education system is struggling and needs to get better. But the…

By Matthew Frankel

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Posted Jan. 31, 2017
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Here’s Why One Charter School Believes Diversity Is the Future

There is a small but growing number of leaders engaging in intentionally diverse charter schools. To understand these schools and everything they are trying to…

By Nora Kern, Alex Medler

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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 Feb. 22, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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