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Posted Jan. 26, 2017
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Should We Prepare Students for College and Career? I Don’t Think We Have a Choice.

Career and technical education (CTE) is undergoing a change across American schools. No longer does it resemble the vocational training programs of 10 or 15…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016
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VIDEO: Turns Out Everything I Thought About Public Charter Schools Was Wrong

When I interviewed for a position with Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) in Rhode Island almost three years ago, my perception of “charter schools” was very…

By Alisha Smith

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016
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Coffee Break: Lori Barden on What Works Best for Schools and Why More Parents Should Run for Political Office

Lori Barden is a parent of two school-aged boys, Tanner (7) and Will (12), who attend an intentionally diverse public charter school in Rhode Island.…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016
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Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school is boring.” And judging from…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016
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Coffee Break: Mike Magee on Cutting Through the Noise, the ‘Pernicious Effect of Racism,’ and Coffee With MLK

Mike Magee was named the first chief executive officer of the national Chiefs for Change in August of 2015—a few months before the passage of the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 9, 2016
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Coffee Break: Superintendent Deborah Gist on Moving Home, the Nae Nae and Jumping Out of Planes

Tulsa’s new superintendent of schools, Deborah Gist, described the decision to leave the job as Rhode Island’s education commissioner as “difficult” but there is no…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 9, 2016
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Another State Makes the SAT Free and I’m Proud to Say It’s Mine

One of the most universally persistent challenges in education today is ensuring that access to college is equitable and within reach for all students. In…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016
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VIDEO: Zip Code School Assignment Didn’t Work Out for Me

Attending a good school in this country is a luxury, and that is wrong. I wasn’t one of the lucky ones, not until I found…

By Dashaun Robinson

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016
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How a Charter School Saved Us From a Nightmare With Our Son

Until a month before kindergarten, our son Emery was on track in every way for a successful school year. He had been healthy for four…

By Krystal Vasquez, Kevin Sims

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Posted Jan. 27, 2016
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Coffee Break: Ken Wagner on Improving Rhode Island’s Schools and the Perfect Glass of Milk

Despite its tiny size, my home state of Rhode Island is no stranger to big challenges when it comes to its schools. And our new…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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