Joe Nathan

Posted Aug. 11, 2017

School Choice Isn’t Just Something That Parents Want, It’s a Human Right

School choice critics are ignoring one of the world’s most progressive documents which strongly endorses parent rights to choose the kind of education they want…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted June 8, 2017

Test Scores Are Important But I Wish Fordham Would Have Looked at What Else Matters to Parents and Community Members

One of the most important questions in education is: How will students and schools—district and chartered—be evaluated? While well intentioned, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017

4 Years Ago a Mom Wrote Me About Her Son With Special Needs Struggling in a District School. Here’s Where He Is Now.

Leah Stanger has an encouraging story about her son that I wish every politician, parent and educator in the country could hear. Stanger began writing…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016

What We Can Learn From Listening to Parents and Students

One of the best suggestions I heard during the more than 30 years that I taught came from a principal in my first year of…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted July 18, 2016

John King Jr. Has Some Good Advice for Charter Schools

On June 28, U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. gave one of the most powerful compliments to teachers that I’ve ever heard. He noted…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Jan. 12, 2015

5 Charter School Truths

Charter schools are treated as monolithic, lumped together in an undifferentiated morass akin to chains of supermarkets or fast food restaurants. But a longtime education…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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