Posts from August 2015

Posted Aug. 31, 2015

And You Thought Getting Into the Ivies Was Hard—Try These Chicago High Schools

Each day, my eighth-grade daughter sheds traits of childhood and morphs more into a young adult. At 5-foot-6, she’s just half-inch shorter than me, often…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Aug. 31, 2015

No Matter What, New Orleans’ Educators Press Forward

Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. People have been quick to talk about education in New Orleans after the storm, and to the…

By Kira Orange Jones

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Posted Aug. 31, 2015

Lessons From Newark: Not the Anti-Reform Narrative You Think

Dale Russakoff’s new book, The Prize, on reforms in the Newark Public Schools over the last five years is a dramatic and cautionary tale about…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015

A False Attack on Common Core, From One Right-Winger to Another

In this National Review op-ed, Stanley Kurtz packs in a greatest hits of the most popular myths and misconceptions of the Common Core State Standards. For example: Jeb’s Common Core answer was well-practiced, yet profoundly misleading. The whole trick of Common Core is to make an end-run around the legal and constitutional barriers to a national curriculum, even as you deny that you’re doing it. Though the Common Core originated with…

By Education Post

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015

President Obama Touts Progress in New Orleans

As I walked through New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, I saw residents standing on street corners stretching several blocks, anticipating just one glimpse of a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

We Need to Make Parents Part of the Conversation

It was my first year as a New York City middle school teacher, on a staff development day, and I was sitting in a classroom…

By Seth Litt

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

Here’s Why Twitter Rankings Don’t Work

At the tail end of summer each year, Michael Petrilli, president of the education think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute, puts out a list of…

By André-Tascha G. R. Lammé

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

In New York, It’s a Tale of Two School Systems

In a year that experienced never-before-seen rates of middle-class and wealthy parents electing to opt their children out of standardized tests, comes another report exploring…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

Cut the Budget and You Cut Opportunities for Teachers and Communities

When I joined Teach For America (TFA) in 2009, I not only became a TFA corps member, I became a member of AmeriCorps as well.…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

Here’s Why Charter Schools Can Better Serve Vulnerable Kids

My passion to fight for quality education for underserved children can be traced to my experience as a young immigrant. I came to the United…

By Harris Luu

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 26, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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