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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures of traditional school systems. As…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017
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My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017
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Suspension Is No Longer the Only Tool Educators Have to Address Discipline Problems

A student yells at a teacher, engages in an altercation with a peer or is continually late to class. For decades, under a zero-tolerance framework,…

By Catherine Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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We’re All Implicated in Systemic Racism

Race weighs heavily on my mind these days, not just because it’s Black History Month but mostly because my work in education reform is focused…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
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DeVos and the ‘Third Way’ Opportunity for Democratic Education Reformers

Democratic education reformers, like many parents throughout the country, passionately believe that our public education system is struggling and needs to get better. But the…

By Matthew Frankel

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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My Former School District Just Made Fighting a Felony, and Here’s the Problem

In 2006, I graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County. Up until I turned 16, and later sometimes to save on gas…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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We Got Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline and Student Achievement Has Never Been Higher

This fall I had the privilege of attending a convening hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on the cultural practices of schools across the…

By Marsha Gadsden

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016
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What ‘Moonlight’ Tells Us About LGBTQ Black Boys and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

While the new film “Moonlight” tells the riveting coming-of-age story of a young queer Black man, it also serves as an artistic exposé about the…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Nov. 9, 2016
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It Doesn’t Matter Who’s in the White House When It Comes to Education Policy

Anyone who has known me longer than five minutes knows that I am a pacifist, tree-hugging, worker-loving, Bernie Sanders Democrat. So what was I doing…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016
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With Strike Three, Education For This Election Cycle Is Out

In all three nationally televised presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there were missed opportunities to address what some consider the most important…

By Tim Taylor

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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