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Posted May 31, 2019

Public Education in This Country Is Literally a Matter of Life and Death. Here’s How It’s Playing Out.

Last week, a group of Californians got what Dolly Hunt called their “Martin Luther King moment.” Here’s what happened. The California Senate was set to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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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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 Apr. 30, 2019

I’m Celebrating Teachers But I’m Not Celebrating Their Unions

When I was a teenager, the greatest honor my dad bestowed was the chance to help him grade multiple-choice questions. Up in his bedroom on…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016

No Surprise, Carol Burris Misses the Mark on California Charter Schools

Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, writes about “a never-ending stream of charter scandals coming from California” in Valerie Strauss’ Answer…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted May 24, 2016

After Vergara, We Still Need to Do Right by Our Latino Children

Editor’s note: Readers should consider two recent developments related to the Vergara case referenced by the author. On May 24, the former students who originally challenged teacher…

By ​Brenda Lopez

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Posted Mar. 2, 2016

Are Black and Latino Students Stuck With Low-Performing Teachers? Vergara Might Give Us an Answer

I used to teach in a Los Angeles Unified school, so the Vergara court case about teacher tenure is not just an abstract legal decision…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Jan. 13, 2016

Could the Teachers Unions Be Stronger After Friedrichs?

The Supreme Court appears likely to deny unions the right to compel the payment of monthly dues in the case of Friedrichs vs. the California…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

A Vision for Teachers Unions After Friedrichs

Can teachers be forced to give money to a union they don’t support? That’s the question at the heart of a case the Supreme Court…

By Dan Weisberg

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Posted Jan. 11, 2016

A Disappointing Alliance on Friedrichs: E4E and AFT

Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) is an organization I admire. Since its inception both the mission and vision have been clear: To ensure that the voices of classroom…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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