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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. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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