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Posted Feb. 24, 2017
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Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 16, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory Has Been and Still Is Fighting for the Right to Learn

Black children deserve the opportunity to learn and exist, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they have that opportunity. We need to go out of our way to send the message that we care, support them and their education.…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017
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Here’s Our Chance to Support Great Teachers Achieving the ‘Impossible’

In classrooms across the United States, students who study under the Common Core or similarly rigorous standards are being held to a higher level of…

By Siobhan Gearty

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Posted Feb. 7, 2017
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Fighting DeVos Isn’t the Fight That Matters

Dear DeVos Protesters, I get it. There are a lot of reasons to voice opposition against Betsy DeVos, nominated to head the U.S. Department of…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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This Fifth-Grade Teacher Has Some Questions for Betsy DeVos

Despite my middling efforts, I was not invited to question Betsy DeVos ahead of her confirmation hearing as secretary of education—it certainly would have been…

By Caroline Corcoran

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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Another Reminder That We Can’t Hold Schools Accountable Without Giving Them Support

The buzz is building around a new radio documentary for our local NPR station in Chicago. The View from Room 205, produced by Linda Lutton for…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017
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What If We Taught Kids to Read at 3 Instead of 11?

Students and families in Southwest Denver have been underserved for nearly 20 years. Kepner Middle School has ranked in the bottom 1 percent of middle…

By Kathleen Anderson

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016

Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the country demanding better schools for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016
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To Know the Black Community Is to Know How Thirsty We Are for Better Schools

I often wonder what it will take for Black children in our communities to attend high-performing schools. According to many anti-school choice opponents, the only…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
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#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 Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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