Rural Schools

Posted Jan. 10, 2018

Coffee Break: Why the CEO of an Aerospace Company Opened a Charter School for Rural Kids

“It was either move the company or start a school.” —Paul Campbell Paul Campbell grew up in rural Kentucky and is currently the CEO of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 5, 2018

Rural Kids Need Better Schools Too

I didn’t really think much about rural representation until I first got involved in educational leadership. For the first time, I learned that there was…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

What Teachers Can and Can’t Learn from ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance

In his provocative memoir “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” author J.D. Vance describes his childhood upbringing in Middletown, Ohio.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Accountability Doesn’t Lie With a Number, It Lies With Our Students

Accountability is one of those words that means a million different things to a million different people. For many in my state (and even those…

By Stacey Davidson

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Posted June 28, 2017

Coffee Break: Candice McQueen on Equity, Lattes and Staying on Top

If I had to pick one word that critics and supporters of Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen might agree on to describe her, it would…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 14, 2017

Coffee Break: Hanna Skandera on Her Preferred Coffee Shade, New Mexico’s Rise and Truth-Telling

The schools of New Mexico have benefitted from strong and stable leadership at the state level for the past seven years. During that time, Secretary…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 11, 2017

Education Reform Isn’t Just for Cities

School reform advocate Derrell Bradford and policy writer Andy Rotherham hit on it. Illinois education writer Tracy Dell’Angela has a blog focused on it. Teacher/education…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 8, 2017

Illinois’ Current School Funding Formula Is the Definition of Insanity. Here’s How This Superintendent Says We Can Fix It.

Kimako Patterson is the superintendent of Prairie-Hills Elementary District 144. Prairie-Hills is a 2,600-student district in the south suburbs of Illinois where 95 percent of…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 11, 2017

A Lack of Funding at This Rural School Is Leaving English Learners Lost in Translation

When junior high students move to Beardstown, Illinois from places such as the Congo, they need basic “survival skills” as part of the adjustment to…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Mar. 9, 2017

This Rural Town Shows the Real Costs of Our Broken School Funding System

These days, the small town of Sandoval, Illinois, is mostly known for being a few miles away from Patoka, where the famed Keystone XL pipeline…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Jan. 19, 2018

You Can Keep Your School Choice Debate. I’m Choosing the Best Option for My Child.

Growing up, I was TPS (Toledo Public Schools) proud! I have been a staunch advocate for public schools throughout my career, and yet, I took…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

Coffee Break: Kenya Bradshaw on How to Know When a School Is Doing Family Engagement Right

I recently had a chance to talk with The New Teacher Project’s Kenya Bradshaw. We talked about which school districts are doing things right, how…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

We Need a Place to Start Teaching Kids About Sexual Consent. And School Can Be It.

I will tell you that when I read about Aziz Ansari’s “date” gone wrong, my first thought was, “This woman needs to learn how to…

By Maureen Kelleher

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