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Posted May 31, 2018

My Sister’s Battle With Severe Mental Illness Taught Me Never to Stand for Pretense

My parents, Jerry and Emily, had three daughters. I’m the oldest, followed by Carla two years later, and then my youngest sister. Carla, I’m told,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 22, 2018

Most of My Students Didn’t Know Any College Graduates But That’s Not Stopping Them From Going to College

“I can’t believe they picked me.” That’s what Keaton Hall, a senior at Uncommon Schools Rochester Prep High School, said to me on FaceTime when…

By Taylor Cook

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Posted May 16, 2018

These 12 States Are Being Sued for Not Funding Schools Equitably

As teacher strikes bring attention to underfunded public schools, families and education advocates are suing to compel states to uphold statutory or constitutional obligations on education funding.…

By Cortney Sanders

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Posted Apr. 2, 2018

My Son Has Autism and This School Taught Him to Say ‘Mom’

At 5, my son, Niko, was still in diapers. He didn’t know how to communicate. He wouldn’t let anyone touch him. I was afraid for…

By Violet Stevens

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

Cynthia Nixon’s Run for Governor Is Looking a Lot More Like ‘Hypocrisy and the City’

For the past decade or so, the forces of the educational status quo have done battle with those of education reformers. The most common line…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Mar. 28, 2018

Washington Still Hasn’t Gotten the Message That Our Schools Need Restorative Practices

Thousands of students have walked out of classrooms and marched on Washington to send a message on gun violence. Message not received. Instead of listening…

By Tianitha Alston

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Posted Mar. 16, 2018

What Happens When Even the ‘Best’ Neighborhood School Treats Its Students With Disabilities Horribly?

The New York Post recently profiled Wesley Clark, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights. The article describes a “supposedly progressive Brooklyn Heights public school that talks…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Turns Out Arresting Kids in School Is Totally a Race Thing

I was in my sophomore year at an all-boys’ Catholic high school in the Bronx the first time I saw a school administrator lay hands…

By Stephan Maldonado

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Posted Dec. 13, 2017

Teacher Leadership Works. Just Look at New Mexico.

Ask any parent what’s most important to her about her child’s school. Aside from fundamentals like safety, she’ll tell you: What matters most is the…

By Julia Rafal-Baer

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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