Posts from January 2015

Posted Jan. 30, 2015

Tennessee Teacher: Why School Choice Empowers Educators

For families, school choice means identifying the “best-fit” school based on academic programs, student culture, community presence and location. When families seek school options, the…

By Anna Handy

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Posted Jan. 30, 2015

Nurture and Discipline: Why This Chicago Mom Chose a Charter for Her Special Needs Son

I am a proud charter school parent. My son, Jonah, is in the fifth grade at Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Wrightwood. He was born…

By Latrice McArthur

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Posted Jan. 30, 2015

This Mom Shares the Payoff—and Anxieties—of School Choice

A few years ago, although my children were happy at their school, my gut told me it was time to make a change. I decided…

By Kerri Barclay

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Posted Jan. 30, 2015

WATCH: Here’s How We Celebrate School Choice in Rhode Island

National School Choice Week marks an annual celebration at my kid’s school. Parents and staff proudly don the trademark yellow scarves and many reflect on…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

A Preview of Better, Deeper Tests in Ohio

As legislators, educators and parents in my home state of Colorado talked on Wednesday about possible ways to reduce the use of standardized tests, the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

Smart Move: D.C. Invests $20 Million in Minority Male Students

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan to invest $20 million to support programs for Washington, D.C.’s, men of color. This includes opening an…

By Matthew Lynch

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

Are State Charter School Laws Living Up to the Promise of Quality Choice?

Groups, districts, states and even members of Congress are taking time this week to acknowledge National School Choice Week. While it’s important to shine a…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

What Common Core Has in Common With Broccoli

I have never seen someone gag as hard as our daughter did the first time we tried to feed her green vegetables. After successfully introducing…

By Rachel Canter

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

I’m an Unlikely Supporter of School Choice Week

This week is National School Choice Week and that makes me very nervous about posting anything about my job on Facebook. In November, I started…

By Jobi Cates

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Posted Jan. 28, 2015

Ms. Williams Goes to Washington

I can honestly tell you that advocating for education is one of the most important experiences I’ve ever had. It’s certainly not one of the…

By Darlene Williams

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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