Valentina Payne

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Gov. Snyder, Michigan Students Deserve Better

Ask anyone who has had a longer-than-five minute conversation with me: I love being from Michigan. We’ve got lakes for…

By Valentina Payne

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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.…

By Valentina Payne

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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 Payne

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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,…

By Valentina Payne

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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,…

By Valentina Payne

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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…

By Valentina Payne

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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 Jan. 20, 2021

Amanda Gorman Is Climbing That Hill. Now if Only The Rest of Us Would Join Her.

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

I Don’t Know if Biden Can Heal This Nation, But a House Divided Cannot Stand

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Jan. 13, 2021

As Grown-Ups Argue Over Reopening Schools, Chicago’s Kids Lose

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

By Rob Samuelson

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