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Posted May 18, 2017

3 Lessons From the Los Angeles School Board Race for Pro-Equity Advocates

When the ballots were finally tallied in the early morning hours on Wednesday, those of us who work for educational equity in California’s public schools…

By Chris Bertelli

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Posted May 5, 2017

Teach For America Could Be Exactly What America’s Schools Need to Reduce Implicit Bias

As a young man, President Lyndon Johnson taught desperately poor children in South Texas and would often reference this eye-opening experience during his time in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017

How Growing Up on the Hospital’s Fifth Floor Prepared Me for College

It was not easy growing up in a hospital. I was born around the time when my 13-year-old brother was referred to Children’s Hospital Los…

By Andrea Ramirez

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Walter Chen Is Building a Charter School That Reflects the Diversity of the Community

Walter Chen, the founding principal of a new Green Dot public middle school set to open in south Seattle this fall, has a pretty simple…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Mar. 2, 2017

Every Classroom Should Be a Safe Space for Students. That’s Why We Started Community Circles.

Increased raids from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and new orders from Homeland Security to deport millions of immigrants impact my classroom on a daily…

By Mark Gozonsky

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

The Case for Suburban Charter Schools

Tai Glenn still remembers the conflict that led her to switch her daughter from a traditional public school to a charter school seven years ago.…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

America’s Students Have to Be the Hope We Can Believe In

I went through all of high school and most of college with President Barack Obama. I am part of a micro-generation of Americans whose notions…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We’ve Considered Lots of Other Innovative Ideas. Why Not Unionized Charters, Too?

Chartering is in part about bringing a diversity of approaches to improving public schools. Working with unions is surely one viable, even attractive, approach.…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Nov. 17, 2016

In My Class I Don’t Want the Smartest Kid, I Want the Hardest Working One

The first round of parent teacher conferences recently wrapped up at my school in South Los Angeles. After the last parent left, I reflected on…

By Tunji Adebayo

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Posted Nov. 8, 2016

I Used to Think College Wasn’t For Me, Now I Work to Ensure Students of Color Attend and Graduate College

Many people don’t go back to work in the community they grew up in, but doing so provides a special perspective. I’m a natural born…

By Myrna Reyes

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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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