Heather Hurlburt

Guest Blogger

Parent, Montgomery County Schools

Montgomery County, Maryland

Heather Hurlburt lives with her family in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., and directs the New Models of Policy Change Initiative at New America, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

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Posted May 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015

Suburban Secrets: How We Hide Our Achievement Gaps in Montgomery County

The back-to-school packet came the same day as The Washington Post article about kids in our district—Montgomery County, Maryland—failing the…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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