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Posted Dec. 16, 2016

It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Teacher and That’s Why We Need to Train Them Better

Teacher training in the U.S. has been a crapshoot. Because when you’re hiring first year teachers, sometimes you say “crap”…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016

Oakland’s Kids Will Continue to Benefit From the Legacy of Superintendent Antwan Wilson

Late last month, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Antwan Wilson was nominated to become the new school chief of D.C. Public Schools.…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

This Can Be the Biggest Change We See With More Unionized Charters: Getting Everyone Focused on Quality and Equity

Charters and unions are often seen as diametrically opposed. This isn’t really an accurate history.…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Oct. 14, 2016

A Message to the NAACP on the Eve of Its Charter Vote: Black Families Want More School Choices

Black families support charter schools. That’s clear from a number of recent surveys on school choice. In the 2016 Education Next…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Sep. 8, 2016

Here’s Why I and Other Black Families Support Charter Schools

Most Black families support charter schools. It’s not because we’ve been duped, or that we’re “privatizers.” It’s because many of us…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted June 27, 2016

2 Rules to Explain Why Expulsion Hearings Will Always Be Biased Against Black Boys

Four hours in an expulsion hearing gives you time to think. And afterwards, you are wrapped tight. So it takes…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted May 11, 2016

When a Charter School Learns From the District to Take on Special Needs

New York City has a great program for autism inclusion in its district schools. Thing was, there wasn’t one in…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Oct. 30, 2015

We Have a Serious Problem in Education Reform and It’s Not What You Think

We have a serious “other people’s children” problem in education reform. Many if not most of the spokespeople and decision…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

California Test Score Results Are an Honest Starting Point for Growth

I have talked before about the bitter medicine that is the Common Core Standards and the pain we have to…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted July 21, 2015

Let’s Get Honest About Charter School Enrollment

Some time ago, I enrolled a foster child at a charter school whom I’ll call Keasha. She needed a good…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Feb. 28, 2020

Our Kids Can No Longer Wait for Educational Justice, And They Shouldn’t Have To

I wanna talk about three things: movements, public education and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words foreshadowing what would be an ongoing and urgent fight.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 25, 2020

Now That Trump Is Abandoning Charter Schools, Democrats Are Free to Champion a Truly Progressive Education Platform

I could be Bernie Sanders’ daughter. After all, my parents were much like him, children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in New York…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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