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Posted June 22, 2017

How Do We Support Black Male Students? Start by Acting on Their Feedback

While 85 percent of White students in Seattle earn a high school diploma each year, only 65 percent of African-American students in the district earn…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Walter Chen Is Building a Charter School That Reflects the Diversity of the Community

Walter Chen, the founding principal of a new Green Dot public middle school set to open in south Seattle this fall, has a pretty simple…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

America’s Students Have to Be the Hope We Can Believe In

I went through all of high school and most of college with President Barack Obama. I am part of a micro-generation of Americans whose notions…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Oct. 4, 2016

This School Canceled a Celebration of Black Men, But They Showed Up Anyway

An extraordinary event called “Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative” was planned at South Seattle’s John Muir Elementary to publicly declare that Black Lives…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted June 30, 2016

How I Stumbled on the Real Power of Student Voice

Here’s a conundrum. The purpose of schools is to educate students. But students have little to no input in their education. Now, I actually did…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Oct. 21, 2015

Calling Out PBS NewsHour on the Facts About Standardized Testing

On October 20, PBS NewsHour aired a segment by Gwen Ifill that profiled Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian, who is leading a boycott of the Smarter…

By Will Ragland

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Posted Sep. 16, 2015

Seattle Teachers Are Back in Business, But at What Cost?

In great news for students (and parents, let’s be honest), Seattle teachers and their district have reached an agreement and both teachers and students will…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

Lily, Tell the Truth. This Strike Is Not for Kids.

Lily Eskelsen García, in her role as the NEA president, has told a lie. She asserts that the decision by Seattle’s school teachers to go…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015

Robin Lake Condemns the Washington State Supreme Court’s Ruling on Charter Schools

Robin Lake, director of the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, writes about the Washington state Supreme Court’s charter ruling not only as a charter expert but also as a Seattle Public Schools parent. She asserts: With its ruling, the court has locked Washington state into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling that makes it impossible for the citizens or the legislature to experiment with…

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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