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Posted June 8, 2017

Illinois’ Current School Funding Formula Is the Definition of Insanity. Here’s How This Superintendent Says We Can Fix It.

Kimako Patterson is the superintendent of Prairie-Hills Elementary District 144. Prairie-Hills is a 2,600-student district in the south suburbs of Illinois where 95 percent of…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about it. They were curious because…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 9, 2017

Skip the Coffee Card: I’d Rather Have This for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week again. No doubt we will be treated to a flood of posts on social media, abundant snacks in the faculty room…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted May 5, 2017

Teach For America Could Be Exactly What America’s Schools Need to Reduce Implicit Bias

As a young man, President Lyndon Johnson taught desperately poor children in South Texas and would often reference this eye-opening experience during his time in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 9, 2017

This Rural Town Shows the Real Costs of Our Broken School Funding System

These days, the small town of Sandoval, Illinois, is mostly known for being a few miles away from Patoka, where the famed Keystone XL pipeline…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

Coffee Break: Florida Principal Lewis Jackson Doesn’t Just Know Poverty, He’s Lived It

I was pretty blown away with Lewis Jackson’s story. I met him during his nomination for 2016 principal of the year, an honor he wears with…

By Kerry-Ann Royes

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

The Case for Suburban Charter Schools

Tai Glenn still remembers the conflict that led her to switch her daughter from a traditional public school to a charter school seven years ago.…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Don’t Talk to Me About ‘Privatization,’ Because Your ‘Public’ School Is Hardly Public

In Oakland, one of the highest achieving schools in the city is Hillcrest Elementary. It’s a “public” school that is 5 percent free and reduced-price…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 1, 2016

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 Oct. 11, 2016

See Why These Kids and Teachers in San Diego Are Screaming in Celebration

Through XQ: The Super School Project, 10 schools have been awarded the chance to create novel approaches to educating high-school students. Cynics have been dismissive…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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