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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…

By Education Post

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Posted June 12, 2015

What We Should Think When We Hear About Kalief Browder

We are better than this. Driving home on Monday, I heard on NPR that Kalief Browder, the young man from Brooklyn who spent three years…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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