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Posted May 22, 2017

While Feds Loosen School Nutrition Standards, My Child’s School Won’t Back Down

While my husband dug in the freezer on a recent Monday morning, my second-grader informed me of the day’s breakfast menu: “I’m having a waffle…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 18, 2017

Every Time I Walk by That House I Remember What It Means to Be a Survivor

Most mornings when I walk my 5 year old to school there is a street I avoid walking down. But the other day I forced…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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Posted May 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy wonk, I am not supposed…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted May 13, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day: A Tribute to Black Moms Who Use Education as Their North Star

Whenever you see a low-income, single Black mother, I challenge you not to judge. I challenge you to see greatness in her and her children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to the Mamas Who Spend Years Fighting for Good Schools

I began my journey as a mother in November of 2013, seeing only the brightest future for my son. We slept the night that he…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted May 11, 2017

Parents Are More Than Just an Extra Set of Hands, They Have the Power to Change a School’s Culture

On a recent rainy Saturday morning, just up the street from my daughter’s charter school, a small group of us moms gathered around a wooden…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 May 5, 2017

Kentucky’s School Accountability Plan Lacks Parent Voice

At first glance, it would appear Kentucky’s plan for tracking school performance, and stepping in when needed, is pretty…‘agreeable.’ In a survey from each of…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 4, 2017

I Don’t Understand Why the NAACP Would Want to Make It Harder for Kids Like Mine

When my son was in kindergarten, he didn’t seem to be learning like the other children. I knew something was wrong. The school evaluated him…

By Felecia Brown Butler

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Posted Apr. 28, 2017

Netflix Series ‘13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn that its thrilling narrative devices…

By Erika Sanzi

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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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