Julian Vasquez Heilig

Posted July 31, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Nov. 1, 2016

Black People Have Tried the ‘Trust Me’ Relationship With Public Education for 150 Years, It’s Time For Something New

Let’s suppose there are two sides of the education debate that use similar tactics to discredit their opponents, and to acquire Black voices that give credibility…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 26, 2016

Here’s What These Black Educational Leaders Had to Say About the NAACP’s Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Since the NAACP’s proposed moratorium on public charter schools in July, a number of Black leaders and organizations have come out against its stance. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted May 13, 2016

San Francisco, No One Wins When You Lose Teach For America

Teach For America haters, go ahead and crow all you like about the San Francisco School Board’s decision to bow to union pressure and suspend…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 17, 2016

Peter Cunningham Reflects on the 2016 Network for Public Education Conference

I arrived in North Carolina for the 2016 conference of The Network for Public Education and the first person I met is the organization’s founder…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 19, 2016

Turns Out What the TFA Haters Really Hate Is Charter Schools

We were about 34 minutes into the podcast before I realized this “debate” about Teach For America (TFA) wasn’t really about TFA at all. It…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 22, 2016

Hey TFA Haters, What’s Wrong With a Little Idealism?

My daughter is the kind of college senior Teach For America (TFA) loves to recruit. A student of color at a top college who is…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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