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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

No, They’re Not Vouchers. Here’s What Illinois’ New Tax-Credit Scholarships Actually Are.

The final compromise that allowed Illinois to implement a new, more equitable education funding formula included a surprise—a 5-year pilot of tax-credit scholarships, which allow…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 9, 2017

9 Things Every Kid Needs to Know Before Going Back to School

Back-to-school time is a hectic and often stressful part of everyone’s year. Students, parents and teachers alike are bombarded with lists of what and what…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Nov. 11, 2016

Congratulations on Being a Good Person, But That Doesn’t Excuse Racism.

Dear America, We must do better. After too many highly-publicized murders of Black men at the hands of police, I am reminded of how much…

By Joyce Chiao

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Posted Oct. 10, 2016

Nashville’s Superintendent Should Just Ignore Diane Ravitch’s Fire and Brimstone

“Autocratic, power-hungry, tone-deaf bureaucrat.” These are the venom-laced words written by Diane Ravitch, reverend of edu-righteousness, in a recent blog post about Nashville’s director of…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Striking Is the Most Morally Broke and Opposite-of-Woke Thing Chicago Teachers Could Do

Here we are again. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has voted to go nuclear and strike in an attempt to settle labor-management disputes over compensation…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016

Sex Ed Isn’t Enough, Our Schools Should Be Teaching Sexual Consent

My family and I know an adorable toddler who loves to chase other children and kiss them. My soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter is mortified by him.…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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