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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent TEDx Talk presenter is shaking…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Touchdown, Colorado! A School Rating System That Gets the Basics Right

So far, watching state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans roll in has been a bit like rooting for the Washington Redskins (or, if you…

By David Griffith

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

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 Nov. 15, 2016

Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I’m Skeptical.

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative government will be good for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 16, 2016

Everything This NPR Podcast Got Wrong About School Closings

I’m a podcast junkie, and listen to them all the time—in the car, on the train, on a jog, walking my dog. And one of…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 7, 2016

Calling Out Colorado’s Attempt at ‘Sleight of Hand’ on School Accountability

The District of Columbia-based Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights yesterday issued a blistering statement about the Colorado Department of Education’s proposed changes to…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 11, 2016

Will We Still Do Right by Kids When the Money Runs Out?

Over the last couple of decades we have seen a parade of federal education reforms—No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Every Student…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted Apr. 7, 2016

Opting Out Co-Opts Our Fight for Equity and Accountability

The other day I rode by a mansion in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania—one of the wealthiest districts in the state, if not the country—and I noticed…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 2, 2016

As the Dust Settles, Does Common Core Come Out on Top?

Last week, with relatively little coverage, two analyses were released that found the Common Core State Standards have had a profound national impact in raising…

By David Whitman

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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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