Valentina Korkes

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Posted Jan. 7, 2016

Not Feeling the Bern: Why Bernie Got It Wrong on Charter Schools

Bernie Sanders, white knight of social justice-loving liberals (like myself), has gone ahead and disappointed me one week into 2016.…

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Posted Dec. 2, 2015

Here’s What You Should Be Reading About the New ESEA

As the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act comes to head with a vote in the House today,…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

Detroit Parents Don’t Just Need School Choices, They Need Quality

A recent op-ed in The Detroit News included quotes from local parents, as well as polling data, showing that parents…

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Posted Nov. 5, 2015

Dear Democrats: It’s Time to Tell Us Where You Stand on Education

Dear Democratic Candidates, We really like you. We’ve been cheering you on for months now (or, in the case of…

By Eric Lerum, Valentina Korkes

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Posted Oct. 15, 2015

Ohio Goes ‘Public’ on Public Charter Schools

Ohio, among its many faults as the worst state in the entire country, has had a charter school sector that…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2015

No One Will Miss Arne as Much as #EduTwitter Will Miss Arne

Last week, to the disappointment of many (and surely the glee of a select few), President Obama’s longest-standing cabinet member,…

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Posted Sep. 25, 2015

Surprise, Surprise: A Hashtag About Being a Badass Woman Is Receiving Hate

I’ve written before about how proud I am to work in an industry that has its lion’s share of women,…

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Posted Sep. 16, 2015

Seattle Teachers Are Back in Business, But at What Cost?

In great news for students (and parents, let’s be honest), Seattle teachers and their district have reached an agreement and…

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

Washington Students and Families Fight for Their Right to School Choice

Washington State is going through some educational growing pains: the state’s Supreme Court recently decided that it’s going to fine…

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Posted Sep. 4, 2015

When Districts Blame Students for Their Own Abuse

In my life, I’ve never felt anything like the disappointment and disgust I felt when I learned that the Los…

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Posted Jan. 28, 2020

We Shined a Light on What Many Refuse to See: World-Class Cities With Third-World Educational Results

You mad, bro? That seems like the most appropriate question to ask after my team released “The Secret Shame of Progressive Cities” last week, a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

Better Charter School Laws Can Help Families Win a Ticket Out of Poverty. Here’s Who’s Getting It Right.

As a tribute to National School Choice Week, one of the most empowering weeks of the year for parents, today, the National Alliance for Public…

By Todd Ziebarth

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

What Happens When a Good Public Charter School Can’t Get a Building

Imagine that your 15-year-old daughter is enrolled in a public high school that you both chose for its affirmative culture and impressive academics. Your daughter—let’s…

By Laura Waters

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