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Posted May 25, 2018

Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 17, 2018

Did Brown v. Board Really Produce Better Outcomes for Our Black Students?

I sometimes ponder whether or not Brown v. Board of Education was the worst thing that ever happened to African-American student achievement. With the death…

By David Mitchell

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Posted May 16, 2018

Even When Your Kid Has Special Needs, Sometimes You Gotta Back Off and Let Them Make Their Own Choices

My younger daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life. She is full of energy, gives great cuddles and has a fantastic imagination,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted May 15, 2018

White People Won’t Even Let Us BBQ in Peace But Chadwick Boseman’s Got Something for That

Outrage: The Susans of the World I’m sure you’ve seen the hilarious memes of the woman who called the police on the Black people for…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 14, 2018

Three Years Ago I Didn’t Speak English, But Thanks to My Teacher I’m Now a College Student

I arrived to this country as a refugee three years ago and Ms. Brandy Moore welcomed me at Central High School with kindness and support.…

By Knight Jean Yves Muhingabo

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Posted May 11, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Isn’t Just Lip Service, It Actually Matters

As Teacher Appreciation Week draws to a close, it leaves in its wake both warmth and excitement, but also lingering concern. As teachers across the…

By Katherine Boone, Karen Sonneborn

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Posted May 9, 2018

Charter Schools Are Full of Amazing Stories, We Just Need to Tell Them

I have one of the best jobs in the world. All year long, I work to raise awareness of the tens of thousands of schools,…

By Andrew R. Campanella

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Posted May 8, 2018

How My School Helped Me Find My Way in America, Raise Two Children and Be the First in My Family to Graduate

I was born in Congo in 1994 in the war that killed 5 million people. My family migrated to Rwanda to a refugee camp where…

By Feza Immaculee

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Posted May 8, 2018

Separate But Equal Doesn’t Work, Except When We’re Talking Graduation Ceremonies

Dear White Elementary and High School Administrators: Did you see what happened at the University of Florida’s graduation ceremony on Saturday? Did you see that…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end to school shootings. It’s time…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 18, 2018

Want Safer Schools? Listen to the Wave of Student Voices.

In recent months, hundreds of thousands of students from across the United States made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with.…

By Jimmy Simpson Jr.

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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