Beth Hawkins

Posted Jan. 2, 2018

Education Reform in 2018 Is Going to Need a Parent Seal of Approval

A few years ago, at a convening of education advocates, one veteran in the reform movement highlighted the lack of racial diversity in the room…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms extended and something bright, some…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted June 8, 2017

The Big Gay Way to End the School Year

Happy Pride, y’all! June 1 marks the start of a month-long celebration of LGBT history and culture and of our extraordinary leaps forward in terms…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

These 7 Women Started an Email Thread About What It Means to Be a Woman in the Age of Trump

Did you wear a pink hat? Stay home? Help a girl make sense? Reactions to the post-inaugural marches were as varied as womankind. Listen in to…

By Kerry-Ann Royes

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Posted Sep. 28, 2016

Coffee Break: Minneapolis’ Erin Clotfelter on Special Education, The Belief Gap and Coffee in Bed

Erin Ecklund Clotfelter is the mother of four: 7-year-old twins who were diagnosed with autism at age 2, a 6-year-old recently diagnosed with ADHD, and…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Why the School Funding Judgment in Connecticut Could Jeopardize Education for America’s 6.5 Million Children With Disabilities

A couple of years ago I got a call from an occupational therapist who introduced herself as a member of my son Corey’s special education…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted June 1, 2016

My Son Has Asperger’s and Wants to Attend a Rigorous College: Why Shouldn’t He?

A few days into the eighth grade my son Corey taught himself the Pythagorean theorem. It’s not typically taught until ninth grade, but he loves…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Mar. 15, 2016

How These Middle-School Students Took First Place at a Startup Accelerator

When Fidel Jonapa heard his team declared the winner of a design competition late last month, he was momentarily baffled. It had to be a…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 20, 2016

Coffee Break: Anthony Hernandez on Teacher Licensure and Arne Duncan Emojis

After graduating from Harvard University, Anthony Hernandez taught successfully in an impoverished school in Washington, D.C. But when he moved back home to Minnesota, he…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

Why Teacher Colleges Are So Scared of ESSA

To hear the traditional teacher-training establishment tell it, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, will lower standards for the teaching profession. The No Child Left…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted May 21, 2019

Here’s One Thing You Can Do Right Now to Defend the Rights of Black Families in California

I don’t know about you, but I can’t just sit by and watch. It’s time for action. The latest battleground in the national war on…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 20, 2019

In 2016 I Gave Money to the Bernie Campaign. Now I’ll Be Damned If I Give a Single Penny.

In 2016, I gave money to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. It was and remains the first and only time I have ever given a…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium on public charter schools. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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