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…

By Education Post

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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 Nov. 15, 2018

We Don’t Need Saviors, We Need Leaders Who Are Ready to Form True Partnerships With Families and Communities

I’ve traveled a lot for work this year, and as I’ve gone from the mountains of Peru to the rural regions of Haiti to the…

By Kaya Henderson

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Yes, We Need to Fund Our Schools, But Only If We Update This 100-Year-Old Education System

Here in New Mexico, we’re about to get more money for schools, but we don’t know yet how that will translate into better learning for…

By Seth Saavedra

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