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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, pretty much everyone in education…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

Ahead of the Heard: Nuance is Crucial in Teacher Evaluations

Kaitlin Pennington, over at Bellwether's Ahead of the Heard blog, makes an incredibly important point that often gets lost in education debate: nuance is key. Though this point could be made for just about any education policy, Pennington's making sure everyone hears it loud and clear when it comes to teacher evaluations. In particular, Pennington is making a call for nuance in the way teachers are categorized -- instead of lumping together the…

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Posted Sep. 28, 2015

Chad Aldeman on what’s next for ESEA

Over at Ahead of the Heard, education policy expert Chad Aldeman gave his thoughts on what Speaker of the House John Boehner's resignation means for those of us watching the ESEA reauthorization fight. Here's a hint: it's not great. The politics of ESEA don’t get any easier with Boehner’s departure. In fact, they’re a sign that the politics are much harder than anyone had admitted publicly. The House GOP barely passed its version of a…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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