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Posted Sep. 29, 2017

Reject the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

(Trigger warning: This essay contains a bleeped, profanity-laced rant that may cause you to question your most deeply held beliefs.) It’s not often I cite…

By Ian Rowe

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Posted May 16, 2017

Parents Can’t Just Use Test Scores to Choose a School. They Need the Whole Story.

Whenever parents would get into a discussion about “good schools” and “bad schools,” I would urge them to look beyond the simple rankings of test…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

We Do Have a Problem With Teacher Supply and Demand But It Has Nothing to Do With a Teacher Shortage

Here’s something I’ve been struggling to understand of late. What makes the prospect of a teacher shortage such an immediately compelling narrative, capable of spreading with…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

The Key to Charter School Success Is Collaboration With District Schools

The dominant theme of Richard Whitmire’s book The Founders is that the top quintile of public charter school operators are remarkably open to collaboration with…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Richard Whitmire’s ‘The Founders’ Is Turning Myths on Their Heads

Richard Whitmire’s new book, “The Founders,” offers a virtual tour through the moves, machinations and mindsets that led to the growth of a particular flavor…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted July 21, 2016

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

Richard Whitmire in The 74 considers “a relatively simple question that will appear on the Massachusetts ballot in November: Should the state lift the cap…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 28, 2016

Student Praise for a Chicago High School Where Everybody Knows Your Name

When you go to school, you should never feel like just another seat in the class. Everyone in the school should know you by name—not just the teachers, but the engineer and the lunch ladies, too. Having school choice helped me find a place where that could happen. When my older sister was looking for a middle school, my mom found Perspectives Charter Schools at a school fair. After a visit to their Rodney D. Joslin campus, located just south…

By Gabby Dixon

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Posted Jan. 25, 2016

EdBuild: Our Focus is Funding

Matt Barnum at The Seventy Four highlights the arrival of a new organization to the Education scene focused entirely on school funding, more specifically, state funding. EdBuild doesn't find itself on either "side" of the education war; it simply wants smarter and better funding for schools. EdBuild’s mission is seemingly simple: “to bring more common sense and fairness to the way we fund schools.” Sibilia says that objective has already…

By Education Post

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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Dmitri Mehlhorn: Can America’s Courts Deliver Better Schools for Disadvantaged Students?

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Democratic donor, activist, and investor, has written a piece at The 74 about what a victory for the Friedrichs plaintiffs could mean for Education in 2016 and he asks the question, "can America’s courts deliver better schools for disadvantaged students?" Despite their limited impact, enlightened rulings over the past century have laid useful foundations. The question is whether the current Supreme Court will build upon such…

By Education Post

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Posted Dec. 7, 2015

Kevin Huffman: I tried and I failed to close the worst school in the state of Tennessee

Kevin Huffman, former Education Commissioner of Tennessee, has written a remarkably honest and informative essay about what he considers to be his greatest failing during his time as Commissioner. He chronicles how, despite repeated efforts, he and his team were unable to get the worst school in the state to close. From these modest beginnings and with the help of an unscrupulous operator, an inept school district, and the generally screwed-up…

By Education Post

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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