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Posted Aug. 22, 2016

John Oliver Needs to Talk to Charter Parents

God bless John Oliver for addressing serious issues with humor. His latest target is public charter schools and he doesn’t disappoint, highlighting poorly run and…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 22, 2016

Statement by Peter Cunningham on John Oliver’s Charter School Segment

Statement from Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham on John Oliver's charter school segment on Last Week Tonight. John Oliver's segment on charter schools does a predictably good job of skewering the flaws of the sector, which charter groups and ed-reform activists are already focused on addressing. Missing from the piece, however, is the fundamental dynamic driving the extraordinary growth in the charter school sector:…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 23, 2015

You Don’t Have to Be a Teacher to Have an Opinion About Education

Education is a public good, funded by taxpayer money. But to some, weighing in on education policy is the exclusive purview of those with classroom…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted May 7, 2015

Okay, John Oliver, Let’s Put the Test to the Test

There has been a groundswell of responses to John Oliver’s latest segment on standardized testing. From feelings of heartbreak to feelings of vindication, Oliver’s segment…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted May 5, 2015

John Oliver Throws Poor Kids Under the Bus

It is a sign of the times that the truth-tellers of the new millennium are comedians rather than journalists. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and now…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 5, 2015

A Dear John (Oliver) Letter: How He Broke My Heart Over Standardized Testing

Dear John,  We need to talk. I love you on HBO, I loved you on “The Daily Show,” I even loved you on “Community.” Is…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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