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Posted Sep. 26, 2017

What Makes a Great Online Teacher? It Takes More Than Clicking Buttons

I’m proud to have served as a teacher for the past 25 years, and I can say without hesitation that working with thousands of talented…

By Erin Jones

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Posted Mar. 14, 2017

One of the Best Ways to Protect LGBTQ Students Might Be Fighting for School Choice

The Obama administration’s guidance allowing transgender students to use their preferred bathrooms and locker rooms was in effect for just nine months. But for LGBTQ…

By Jamie Davies O’Leary

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

Why Chicago Should Take A Deeper Look at Those Rising High School Grad Rates

Just in time for back to school, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the class of 2016’s graduation rate: 73.5 percent, a new high. The…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 9, 2016

Say What You Will, Online Charter School Graduation Rates Are Still Too Low

Mary Gifford, representing K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of full-time online education, takes exception to analysis that she considers too judgmental regarding the low…

By Alex Medler

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Posted June 8, 2016

Let’s Get Some Context and Real Reform Around Charter School Graduation Rates

This piece was written in response to posts by Nelson Smith, senior adviser at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and Alex Medler,…

By Mary Gifford

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Posted Oct. 28, 2015

Online-Only Charter Quality Is Poor and New Regulations May Be Coming

Nichole Dobo of The Hechinger Report reports that the quality of online-only charter schools, permitted in 17 states and the District of Columbia, is just not good and should be cause for concern. Described as first-of-its-kind research, the analysis was conducted through a partnership between Mathematica Policy Research, Stanford University’s CREDO (Center for Research on Education Outcomes) and the Center on Reinventing Public Education.…

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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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