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Posted Mar. 9, 2020

Kids Who Aren’t Well-Served in Traditional Settings Aren’t Troublemakers, They’re the Key to Real Change

Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are incarcerated or…

By Hailly T.N. Korman, Andrew J. Rotherham

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Posted July 3, 2019

How This Music Program Is Helping Incarcerated Youth Tell Their Stories

More than 60,000 young people are incarcerated in secure facilities, residences and group homes, learning in alternative education settings designed to keep them in school…

By Kat Crawford

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Posted Dec. 11, 2018

Here’s What Happens When You Incorporate Equity Into Every Part of a School

In 2015, I co-founded Kingsman Academy Public Charter School. We welcome all high school students and center those who are overage and under-credited, who have…

By Shannon Hodge

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Posted May 3, 2017

3 Ways We Can Start Counting High School Graduates Accurately and Raise Graduation Rates

This week, the GradNation campaign released a report allowing people to compare graduation rates among states and to the national average of 83.2 percent. If…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 28, 2017

Superintendent Search Reveals That Omaha Public Schools Just Can’t Seem to Get It Together

After receiving 33 applications from 19 different states, in February, Omaha Public Schools (OPS) announced three finalists for their soon-to-be vacant superintendent post. But, on…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

Here’s How We Support the Schools Who Help the Kids Most at Risk

Did you know that students from low-income families are five times more likely to drop out of high school than their high-income counterparts? Enter New…

By Lisa DiGaudio

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

Why Chicago Should Take A Deeper Look at Those Rising High School Grad Rates

Just in time for back to school, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the class of 2016’s graduation rate: 73.5 percent, a new high. The…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 25, 2016

Charter Schools Are Graduating Students in High Numbers, But Here Are Some That Aren’t

If you need a pick-me-up inspiration after a long hard year of working on education, nothing lifts your spirits like the images of proud young…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Oct. 29, 2015

There’s Probably a More Thoughtful Conversation to Be Had Regarding School Discipline Policies Than the One We’re Having Now

Over at the Eduwonk blog, Andy Rotherham has a thoughtful take on the New York Times story regarding Success Academy charter schools' school discipline and suspension practices. He points out that former AFT President Al Shanker recognized that finding alternative placements for disruptive students may serve some legitimate interests, including meeting the specific needs of the disruptive student and ensuring an orderly learning environment…

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Posted Mar. 31, 2020

Millions of Low-Income Students Are Being Denied Access to Internet

Access to public education is now a fundamental right. All 50 states mandate public education in their state constitutions. Once states made public education compulsory,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 31, 2020

Now Is the Perfect Time for White Teachers to Do ‘The Work’ of Anti-Racism

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted, well, everything, but at times I find that I have more time to communicate, virtually if necessary, with family and…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Apr. 2, 2020

This School Year Will Not Be Measured by a Test Score

As the calendar turns to April, I typically end up asking myself the same question every school year—“will they remember?” In my case, that question…

By Patrick Kelly

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