Posts from August 2016

Posted Aug. 31, 2016

Coffee Break: Atlanta Superintendent on Restoring Confidence, Focusing on Kids and Selfie Sticks

Meria Joel Carstarphen became superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on the heels of a national cheating scandal in which 11 of 12 people in APS…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

The Conversation We Need on Race Happens in Classrooms Everyday

Every August, I visit all of our schools across the country to meet with our teams, listen to their vision for the year ahead, and…

By Preston Smith

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

Education Polling: Are Americans Complacent, or Just Confused?

Opt-Out. Testing. Charters. Common Core. Closings. Accountability. Standards. Teacher Tenure. Teacher Pay. School Spending. If you’re in the education bubble, like we are, you spend…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

How Badly Do We Really Want Black, Brown and Poor Kids to Be Successful?

“I am not accountable for the violence, drugs, pregnancy…in my school.” I wasn’t surprised by this final retort. It was tweeted to me by a…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

How One Charter School Is Working on Strengthening Its Relationship Within the Community

At Sci Academy, located in New Orleans East at the former site of Marion Abramson High School, the Collegiate Academies leadership team has been on…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

5 Ways Schools and Communities Can Support Homeless and Foster Care Youth

The experiences of homeless students are often rendered invisible. Students often hesitate to share that they are homeless due to fear of being stigmatized or…

By Justin Lang, David J. Johns

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Posted Aug. 28, 2016

New Orleans Is Redefining the Meaning of Local Control

Local control of public education has become the rallying cry for many folks on all sides of education debates, from Tea Party libertarians to Bernie…

By Patrick Dobard

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016

Coffee Break: Oakland Supt. Antwan Wilson on Anticipating Tuesdays, Poverty Fueling Drive, and Putting Power in Students’ Hands

On July 1, 2014, Antwan Wilson became the superintendent of Oakland Unified School District—a district that was in state receivership from 2003-2010 and has been…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016

96 Years Ago I Would Not Have Been Allowed to Vote—Not Because of My Race or Age, But Because I am a Woman

I remember the sense of envy that hit me four years ago when my AP Government teacher asked: “So, who can vote this year?” The…

By Anjanique Barber

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Posted Aug. 25, 2016

Want ‘Local Control’? Here’s Another Example of School Districts Failing to Support the Kids Who Need It Most

A new article in The Atlantic details another example of how the most needy kids in our schools are not getting the money that was…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

Just Because Trump and DeVos Like Charter Schools Doesn’t Mean You Can’t, Too

A while ago school choice policies were gaining steam across the country. Charter schools and vouchers were still somewhat controversial, but more and more people…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Somehow, while managing a sprawling network of public charter schools serving 15,000 children, engaging in the day-to-day political combat of New York, and raising three…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

All the Black Kids Are Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

I attended a predominantly Latino grammar school. We were all friends for the most part—the Black students, Mexican students and the few White students that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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