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Posted Nov. 9, 2017

White Families You’re Not Doing My Kids Any Favors By Sending Your Kids to Our School

The big buzz word in New York City education is: Diversity. On October 26, 2017, yet another plan was announced, this time promising to bring diversity…

By Alina Adams

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

4 Ways We Can Fund Personalized Learning to Create More Equitable Schools

Budget shortfalls in states are framing a new angle on educational equity conversations. It is no longer simply about what is right, but what is…

By Bryant Best, Ace Parsi

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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

No, They’re Not Vouchers. Here’s What Illinois’ New Tax-Credit Scholarships Actually Are.

The final compromise that allowed Illinois to implement a new, more equitable education funding formula included a surprise—a 5-year pilot of tax-credit scholarships, which allow…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 16, 2017

Illinois’ School Accountability Plan Doesn’t Work for Our Kids and the Feds Told Them So

It’s comforting to learn that the feds (i.e. The U.S. Department of Education run by Secretary Betsy DeVos) has some serious concerns about Illinois accountability…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 28, 2017

I Thought I Suffered for Not Being Placed in ESL Classes, But I Was Wrong

At the age of 2, I left the United States to live in my parents’ native country, Guatemala. I completed my first two years of…

By Cynthia Lopez

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Posted July 27, 2017

I Didn’t Have Dual-Language Classes When I Immigrated. Maybe That’s a Good Thing.

Earlier this year, I wrote about dual-language programs in New York City schools, and who really benefits from them. Is it the non-English speakers that Chancellor…

By Alina Adams

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Posted July 14, 2017

Mia Howard Shows a Good School Needs Both the Soft Stuff and the Hard Data

A school that bakes parent engagement into its strategy for student success is a school after my own heart. Intrepid College Prep Schools, a Tennessee…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted June 14, 2017

Coffee Break: Hanna Skandera on Her Preferred Coffee Shade, New Mexico’s Rise and Truth-Telling

The schools of New Mexico have benefitted from strong and stable leadership at the state level for the past seven years. During that time, Secretary…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 12, 2017

These 4 Educators of Color Want to Start Charter Schools in Los Angeles But It’s Not That Easy

During tomorrow’s Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meeting, four men of color will petition to open three new charter schools in very high-need areas…

By Ana Beatriz Cholo

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Was Born in a Refugee Camp in Kenya and Now I’ll Be the First in My Family to Attend College

In 1992, my family escaped the civil war in Somalia and we were randomly selected to live in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. I was born in that camp in 1998.…

By Hawo Ibrahim

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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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