Posts from February 2015

Posted Feb. 27, 2015

I Don’t Believe in Miracles. I Believe in Kids.

As we come to the end of the painfully short Black History Month, I’m reminded how important it is for us to acknowledge the gains…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

4 Reasons Local Assessments Shouldn’t Pass the ESEA Test

Most people who care about the debate over the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act know that testing is a hot topic. But…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

5 Ways Republicans Actually Want to Increase the Role of the Federal Government in Education

The Republican Party likes to make a big deal out of not federalizing education and creating a “national school board.” They consistently insist that the…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

Our Schools Need to Prepare Students for Their Journey

This is a critical time for America’s schools and our students. As employers, parents, and community members, we can all agree that making sure students…

By Mark D’Alessio

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Posted Feb. 25, 2015

A Dad Makes the Case for Common Core

I work in education so I hear a lot about Common Core. I currently work with the registrar, and while I don’t teach yet, I…

By Mike Barnard

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Posted Feb. 25, 2015

Parents, Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves About Our ‘Amazing’ Schools

When it comes to picking a school in a new town or new neighborhood, parents are quickly told by those “in the know” which school…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 24, 2015

Ohio, I Like What I’m Seeing With This New Charter School Bill

Not that long ago, I wrote about a report that showed the dire need for change in Ohio charter school policy. The report found, among…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Feb. 24, 2015

I Have a Master’s From Harvard—And I Can’t Be a Principal

I am a lifelong Tennessean, product of Tennessee public schools, daughter of a Tennessee public school teacher. I have a master’s in school leadership from…

By Ashley Croft

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Posted Feb. 23, 2015

Teachers Unions Should Listen to Parents, Not Marketing Firms

Solutions for parents to public education’s many inequities require real talk in real time. But you won’t find real talk in the new National Education…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Feb. 23, 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Engineer Public Schools For Educational Excellence

Accountability. There is no buzzier buzzword in education reform. The concept—that taxpayers make a massive investment in education and get working schools in return, as…

By Chris Stewart

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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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