Valerie Strauss

Posted July 5, 2018

Turns Out Privatizing Education Is Harder Than It Looks

According to The Washington Post’s anti-education-reform columnist, Valerie Strauss, there’s a “movement to privatize public education in America.” Unfortunately, none of us who are supposedly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Oct. 14, 2016

Finally, the Candidates Discuss Education Policy

Well, folks, we’re 288 days into the worst election year of all time but we’ve finally got some answers on education that will knock anything…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016

No Surprise, Carol Burris Misses the Mark on California Charter Schools

Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, writes about “a never-ending stream of charter scandals coming from California” in Valerie Strauss’ Answer…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 26, 2016

If Charter Schools Aren’t Public, Then Neither Are Elite Magnets

At a recent book club meeting, we were wrapping up a spirited discussion of James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” when our talk veered to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 11, 2016

The Common Core Emphasizes Close Reading. Its Critics Should Try That Sometime.

Note the nuance in a press release from the ACT regarding an analysis of the Common Core State Standards based on a survey of 9200…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 6, 2016

Are Black Parents Sheep? How to Gin Up Charter School Fears With Subprime Mortgage Analogies

Like millions of Americans who took the deep dive into subprime mortgages with a viewing of “The Big Short,” I emerged from the theater seething…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 8, 2015

The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Reformers

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Democratic donor, activist, and investor, has written a piece for CitizenEd in which he calls out the utter hypocrisy of some of the most well known names in the anti-reform movement.  He highlights the absurdity of people like Diane Ravitch dismissing the very relevant life experiences of those who have have actually walked the walk and worked alongside America's neediest children, including President Obama and John…

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Posted Sep. 17, 2015

How the Common Core Could Improve SAT Scores

As a high school English teacher in Florida, up to 50 percent of my last two evaluation scores were determined by student academic growth, including…

By Samantha Cerchio

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Posted Feb. 4, 2015

Guess What, Mom? Common Core Can Be Good for Your Kindergartener

I am always torn when I read pieces like that of Sarah Blaine, who shared her views on the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners.…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 18, 2014

The False Arguments of Carol Burris Against High Standards

When you can’t make an honest case against something, there is always rhetoric, exaggeration or falsehoods, but it’s disheartening when it comes from an award-winning…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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