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Posted May 19, 2017

A Letter to Betsy DeVos About My Student Loans

Dear Secretary DeVos, You and I have a lot in common. We’re both from the great state of Michigan and have the same Michigan accent.…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts to Community Service Programs Will Leave Students Behind

The current budget proposal the White House has submitted to Congress eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency…

By Christine Poorman, Rebeca Nieves Huffman

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Like Beyoncé, Charter Schools Are Evolving and Improving. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Recent reports on the state of the sector from two major charter organizations—National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and National Association of Charter School…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Mar. 14, 2017

Think States Won’t Retreat on School Accountability? Think Again.

Just a few hours after the country’s chief education official put out guidelines saying states no longer have to give each school a single, overall…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017

Teaching Is About So Much More Than a Job. My Mom and Great-Grandma Taught Me That.

Tom Rademacher is one of the three founding teachers of #LoveTeaching week. For more information on #LoveTeaching, including ideas on how to get involved, go…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 3, 2017

Veunita’s Coats of Many Colors: Remembering the Detroit Teacher Who Changed My Mother’s Life, #MyBlackHistory

I don’t know if she ever knew how much those two coats changed my mom’s life.…

By Bernita Bradley

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Posted Jan. 30, 2017

Here’s Why a Trump and DeVos Future Looms Heavily in My Classroom Every Day

In the days following November’s presidential election, my students shared with me—in conversations and in writing—their fears about our current president. Many feared the abrupt…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017

The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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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 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 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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