Beth Hawkins

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Writer, The 74 Million

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Beth Hawkins is a writer at The 74, and formerly was a writer-in-residence at Education Post. Previously she wrote for Learning Curve, a blog about education for MinnPost, where she also covered a variety of other public policy topics.

She loves writing for an audience that’s hungry for context and analysis and willing to indulge her many curiosities.

Hawkins is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards, including several first-place Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards for investigative reporting and feature writing. Her work has appeared in More, Mother Jones, Minnesota Monthly and many other publications.

You can also find her blogging at BethHawkins.org.

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms…

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Posted June 8, 2017

The Big Gay Way to End the School Year

Happy Pride, y’all! June 1 marks the start of a month-long celebration of LGBT history and culture and of our…

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Posted Sep. 28, 2016

Coffee Break: Minneapolis’ Erin Clotfelter on Special Education, The Belief Gap and Coffee in Bed

Erin Ecklund Clotfelter is the mother of four: 7-year-old twins who were diagnosed with autism at age 2, a 6-year-old…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Why the School Funding Judgment in Connecticut Could Jeopardize Education for America’s 6.5 Million Children With Disabilities

A couple of years ago I got a call from an occupational therapist who introduced herself as a member of…

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Posted June 1, 2016

My Son Has Asperger’s and Wants to Attend a Rigorous College: Why Shouldn’t He?

A few days into the eighth grade my son Corey taught himself the Pythagorean theorem. It’s not typically taught until…

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Posted Mar. 15, 2016

How These Middle-School Students Took First Place at a Startup Accelerator

When Fidel Jonapa heard his team declared the winner of a design competition late last month, he was momentarily baffled.…

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Posted Mar. 7, 2016

Is Big Money the New Normal in School Board Elections?

Five years ago, a survey of elected school board members found a whopping 87 percent spent $5,000 or less on…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 20, 2016

Coffee Break: Anthony Hernandez on Teacher Licensure and Arne Duncan Emojis

After graduating from Harvard University, Anthony Hernandez taught successfully in an impoverished school in Washington, D.C. But when he moved…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

Why Teacher Colleges Are So Scared of ESSA

To hear the traditional teacher-training establishment tell it, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, will lower standards for the teaching…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Thank You for Believing in My Son

This weekend my family will find a moment amid the turkey and the pie, the football and the Minecraft, to…

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Posted July 16, 2019

Here’s Why President Trump’s Tweets About ‘The Squad’ Are Nothing New for Black Women in Education

On Sunday, the 45th president of the United States told four congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries from which they came.  ….and…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 17, 2019

These Award-Winning Teachers Say to Close the Detention Centers and Bring the Children to Our Classrooms

This post is an open letter to the Trump administration, signed by 45 former State Teachers of the Year and the 1,840 members of Teachers…

By Ivonne Orozco, Mandy Manning, Heidi Crumrine

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Posted July 12, 2019
Kids raising hands during elementary school lesson, close up

We’ve Never Seen a Public School System Work for All Kids, But We Have to Believe We Can Build One

The other day I watched the documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.  Now if you don’t know who Bryan Stevenson is, you should…

By Tanesha Peeples

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