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Posted May 25, 2017

Betsy DeVos Says Discrimination Isn’t Her Problem. And She’s Dead Wrong.

Give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos points for ideological consistency. In a budget hearing yesterday, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) pressed DeVos on whether her plan for…

By Matt Lehrich

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Posted May 15, 2017

Sometimes You Have to Face Politics in the Classroom, Even in Kindergarten

In the current political climate, emotions in America are high. Regardless of a community’s prevailing politics, teachers see these emotions play out in classrooms. This…

By Kevin Wood

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Posted Mar. 14, 2017

One of the Best Ways to Protect LGBTQ Students Might Be Fighting for School Choice

The Obama administration’s guidance allowing transgender students to use their preferred bathrooms and locker rooms was in effect for just nine months. But for LGBTQ…

By Jamie Davies O’Leary

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

We’re In Danger If We’re Not Teaching Our Students About Their Civil Rights

At Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel, there’s a photograph of a father with his hands covering his young son’s eyes moments before they…

By Elizabeth G. Scalia, Ana L. Solis, Alana G. Baum

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

I Believe in School Choice But It Should Be Public School Choice

I recently wrote about how a recent trip to Ireland revealed that despite the faults of the American educational system, one thing we do get…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

What ‘Moonlight’ Tells Us About LGBTQ Black Boys and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

While the new film “Moonlight” tells the riveting coming-of-age story of a young queer Black man, it also serves as an artistic exposé about the…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016

Remember When I Said Trump Wouldn’t Have a Bigly Effect on Our Schools? I Was Wrong.

Last Wednesday I went to my daughter’s school to celebrate her second-grade teacher’s recent wedding. But it was a hard day for celebrating. When we…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

5 Ways Schools and Communities Can Support Homeless and Foster Care Youth

The experiences of homeless students are often rendered invisible. Students often hesitate to share that they are homeless due to fear of being stigmatized or…

By Justin Lang, David J. Johns

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Posted July 14, 2016

After Dallas and Orlando, We Need Schools Like This That Teach Tolerance

Perceived bias is killing people. Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Orlando, Cleveland—and so many other places. Our public education system can play a central role…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted June 30, 2016

Orlando Is a Tragic Reminder That Our Schools Must Be Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

When I look back on my own youth in Chicago—a city that is notoriously plagued with gun violence—I can think of countless times that I…

By Matthew White

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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