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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

SAT Scores Are Up But Only 46 Percent of Students Are Prepared for College

SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 5, 2017

I Looked at Illinois’ School Funding Plan and the Numbers Just Aren’t Adding Up

With the recent passage of Illinois’ school funding plan, SB 1947, Illinois, so often an example of what not to do in school finance, is…

By Max Marchitello

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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 Aug. 7, 2017

Here’s Why You Should Worry Less About Your Kid’s Happiness and More About Their Test Scores

We’ve known this for a while, but here’s another survey to add fuel to the fire: Parents tend to inflate their kids’ academic progress and…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 25, 2017

10 Things Teachers Do That Drive Students Crazy

We’re in the heart of summer, a time when teachers are knee deep in professional training and contemplating how to improve their practice for a…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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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 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy wonk, I am not supposed…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted May 16, 2017

Parents Can’t Just Use Test Scores to Choose a School. They Need the Whole Story.

Whenever parents would get into a discussion about “good schools” and “bad schools,” I would urge them to look beyond the simple rankings of test…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 20, 2017

It’s Common Sense: There Are No Great Schools Without Great Principals

Back in the day, when I was an education reporter and trying to figure out where to find the school stories that would illuminate something…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017

Parents Do Some Crazy Things to Get Their Kids the Right School

I’ve been procrastinating about writing this post. Why? Because while I believe all people should speak their truths, I’m cautious about doing so when it…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

Making the Case for More Men of Color in Early Education

As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with…

By Royston Maxwell Lyttle

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

I’m Not From Nashville But I Can Tell Their Black and Brown Kids Are Getting Cheated Out of Good Schools

“You’re from Chicago—you can’t tell us anything about Nashville!” This is what I’m expecting to hear from the anti-reform people who read this blog. But…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

Stop Berating Black and Brown Parents Over Charters (and Give Your Twitter Fingers a Rest)

I read too many education arguments for my own good. It’s a known issue in my household. The argument I find most cringe-inducing is the…

By Nate Bowling

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