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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures of traditional school systems. As…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017
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My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 9, 2017
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This Rural Town Shows the Real Costs of Our Broken School Funding System

These days, the small town of Sandoval, Illinois, is mostly known for being a few miles away from Patoka, where the famed Keystone XL pipeline…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017
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Teachers Need to Have a Say in Their Own Professional Development

Amid a lot of talk of the reformists versus the traditionalists, not enough concern is paid to the biggest problem in public education today: In…

By Cristina de Jesus

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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How Parents Benefit From School Accountability

If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017
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Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps that’s why Mendell Grinter, was…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017
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Sometimes School Closures Really Are the Best Thing for Kids

As a parent, if you believed your child to be enrolled in a failing school, would you withdraw them? And if you did, how likely…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017
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What If We Taught Kids to Read at 3 Instead of 11?

Students and families in Southwest Denver have been underserved for nearly 20 years. Kepner Middle School has ranked in the bottom 1 percent of middle…

By Kathleen Anderson

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Posted Dec. 20, 2016
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The Obama Legacy: Equity in Education

Eight years ago, America was facing one of the worst economic crises in our history. An optimistic young president swept into office and set to…

By Arne Duncan

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Posted Oct. 10, 2016
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A Teacher Who Almost Quits and Realizes That ‘Just Loving the Kids Was Not Enough’

I recently sat down with a teacher after her three years in two different elementary schools. One was a high-performing suburban charter, and the other…

By Peter Huidekoper

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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