Posts from July 2015

Posted July 31, 2015

Three Things That Guided This Oakland Student to Success

I’m a college-educated black man who grew up on public assistance in a single parent household. Most of my friends are dead, in jail or…

By Solomon Wilkins

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Posted July 30, 2015

The Danger of Escalation, From Traffic Stops to Classrooms

The death of Sandra Bland and the school-to-prison pipeline have more in common than the race of their victims. Both are also quintessential examples of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 30, 2015

To Be a Black Parent Is to Be Constantly Aware

Last weekend, in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of meeting with black educators and activists from across the country at what I called a…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 30, 2015

My ‘Odyssey’ to Becoming a Teacher Mentor: A Latino Teacher’s Account

Not too long ago I was rummaging through old books, notes and scraps of paper accumulated over time in my dusty and overlooked study. As…

By Jose Garza

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Posted July 29, 2015

Suburbia Needs Education Reform Too

Are we being overly optimistic when it comes to how well our middle-class students are being prepared for college? Take, for instance, my home state…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 29, 2015

What Healthy Competition Among Schools Really Takes

There’s a fight brewing in my backyard. War has broken out over whether a highly regarded yet controversial charter network should open a new campus on…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 28, 2015

Opt-Out Closes the Door on Kids With Disabilities

Great read in The Atlantic about the alignment of disability advocates and civil rights leaders on the necessity of maintaining federal oversight, annual testing and accountability in a…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 28, 2015

Poverty Matters, But It’s Not Destiny

A short piece on Slate last week told a familiar grim story. According to new data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, over three million…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted July 28, 2015

My Immigrant Father’s Dream: A College Education

At the age of five I had my very own encyclopedia. I couldn’t pronounce the word much less know what it was. I stared at…

By Lily Gonzalez

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Posted July 27, 2015

Hey, Diane Ravitch, I’m a Public School Parent and I Support Charters

After reading Diane Ravitch’s opinion piece on the state of public education in Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but be disheartened. Here we are trying to find…

By Ingrid Oliu

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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